Hoyle looked to be a Royal(KC), but instead he will be a Red(GSO)
Jacob Hoyle(Western Carolina University), the 2015 Southern Conference Preseason Player of the Year and in attendance at a Kansas City Royals tryout this past Friday in Burlington, will be in the dugout and somewhere in the lineup for the Greensboro Reds, in their NABA game scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Guilford College(4:30pm)…..
Hoyle will hit the soil/ground running for the Reds on Sunday at Guilford….Hoyle looked to be a Royal, but instead he will be a Red for the Summer of 2015…Other opportunities will await Hoyle, but for the time being he will be seeing a hearty heaping helping of Greensboro NABA pitching…
The notes on Hoyle from the past couple of seasons at Western Carolina University:
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Hometown: Hickory, N.C.
High School: St. Stephen HS
Career Note: Finished his career as WCU’s all-time leader in sacrifice flies list with 18 … Hit 33 home runs to finish tied for 14th in school history with 165 career RBI, 12th in program history … Ranked 23rd all-time with 360 total bases and ranked 12th defensively with 855 career putouts at first base.
2015 (Senior): Limited by a hand injury, playing in just 14 games with 11 starts … Nine of his starts came at first base, returning to the WCU lineup as the DH in the SoCon Tournament … Hit .370 (17-for-46) with two doubles and four home runs for a .674 slugging percentage …… Hit his only career grand slam as part of a career-high tying five-RBI game at Mercer (April 10) … Named to the 2015 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America second team as chosen and released by Collegiate Baseball newspaper … Voted a team captain by his teammates prior to the season … Tabbed as the Southern Conference Preseason Player of the Year entering 2015 … Was additionally named to the first team preseason All-Southern Conference at first base … Was also tabbed preseason All-SoCon first team and a preseason third team All-America selection by CollegeSportsMadness.com.
2014 (Junior): Started all 55 seasonal games at first base … Also made one pitching appearance against mountain-rival UNC Asheville (April 9) … Finished the season second on the team with a .332 batting average including a team-leading .379 batting average in Southern Conference play … Tied for the team and SoCon lead with 14 home runs, including three, two-home run games – at Elon (March 22), at UNC Asheville (April 9) and at Samford (April 27) …
Earned SoCon Player of the Week honors on May 5, batting .471 (8-for-17) with five extra base hits including three doubles and two home runs in WCU’s wins over Wake Forest (April 30) and Appalachian State (May 2-4) … Named first team All-Southern Conference at first base on both the media and coaches list … Named to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 team as selected and announced by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) … Named to the 2014 Southern Conference Spring Academic All-Conference team and to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll … Selected to the second team ABCA All-Atlantic Region … Named first team All-State by the North Carolina Sports Information Association (NCCSIA)…