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WICHITA, KS- The Wichita Wingnuts learned Tuesday that right-handed pitcher James Hoyt has been purchased by the Atlanta Braves' organization.
Hoyt posted a 2.61 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 10.1 innings over 11 appearances for the Wingnuts in 2012. The Boise, ID native also had stints with the Mexican League's Tabasco Olmecas and the North American League's Edinburg RoadRunners. Between the three clubs, Hoyt pitched to an impressive 1.76 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 41.0 innings. Hoyt was acquired from Edinburg in June via trade, and will be pitching for a Major League affiliate for the first time in his career.
"James Hoyt has worked very hard to reach this point in his career, and is well-deserving of the opporunity," said Wingnuts' manager Kevin Hooper. "Our coaching staff, myself, and the rest of the organization wishes him nothing but the best in the future."
Last month, Hoyt ranked ninth on Baseball America's Independent Leagues Top Prospects list. The 26-year-old righty pitched collegiately at Palomar College and Centenary College of Louisiana before starting his professional career in 2011. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Hoyt has averaged 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings over his first two pro seasons.
Hoyt is the fifth Wingnut sold to a Major League organization during the 2012 calendar year, and the 15th in team history.
Wingnuts Sold to Major League Organizations
OF Dustan Mohr, 2008 - Colorado Rockies
RHP Will Savage, 2010 - Los Angeles Dodgers
RHP Ben Graham, 2010 - Washington Nationals
LHP Justin Dowdy, 2010 - Tampa Bay Rays
OF Ryan Patterson, 2011 - Arizona Diamondbacks
LHP Dustin Pease, 2011 - San Diego Padres
RHP Cephas Howard, 2011 - Texas Rangers
OF Kenny Gilbert, 2011 - Chicago White Sox
OF Brent Clevlen, 2011 - Cincinnati Reds
OF Brent Clevlen, 2011 - Philadelphia Phillies
SS Jose Martinez, 2012 - Houston Astros
LHP Nate Robertson, 2012 - Toronto Blue Jays
RHP Matt Nevarez, 2012 - Tampa Bay Rays
RHP Andrew Aizenstadt, 2012 - Philadelphia Phillies
RHP James Hoyt, 2012 - Atlanta Braves
The 2013 season of Wichita Wingnuts baseball begins in May. For information on the 2013 schedule, season tickets, group outings, or party packages, call the Wingnuts' main office at (316) 264-NUTS, or visit the Wingnuts' official website at www.wichitawingnuts.com