FRISCO, Texas – There aren't many people that enjoy leaving Myrtle Beach during the summer. One of those people on that short list is former VCU baseball standout Joe Van Meter.
It's not that he didn't enjoy the town or the experience, it's that he earned a promotion to Double-A Frisco, two steps away from the ultimate goal of making the Major Leagues.
"It's great and I'm just blessed for getting an opportunity to continue my progression up the ladder," Van Meter said. "I have this chance with the help of my family and all the great coaches and teammates along the way. I'm going to go out there and just try and get better each day and do whatever it takes to help the team win."
The former slugging third baseman for the Black & Gold, Van Meter's transformation to the mound reached an all-time high this year with a 2.16 ERA in 19 appearances for Class A Myrtle Beach.
In those 19 appearances, he tossed 41.2 innings, allowing just 31 hits, while striking out 46 and walking just 11. The opposition managed just a .207 batting average against him.
He arrived in Double-A Frisco on Saturday, July 21 and immediately got action, tossing a scoreless inning for the RoughRiders.
Van Meter is one of five former Rams in the minor leagues, who are all trying to join the four former Rams that are currently on 40-man MLB rosters (Scott Sizemore and Brandon Inge in Oakland, Cody Eppley in New York and Sean Marshall in Cincinnati).