While I’ve been at home dealing with diapers and baby formula, Scott Day and Mike Voyack have been gallivanting up the east coast, visiting baseball parks. Last week, they stopped by Potomac, Md. to see former VCU star Joe Van Meter, who is playing this season with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the high A affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
The impressive thing about Van Meter isn’t that he’s playing baseball for a living. It’s that he was an outstanding college hitter who occasionally dabbled as a pitcher. Now, all he does is pitch. Seriously, Van Meter’s 2010 season with the Rams was one of the best in the program’s rich history. Playing mostly at third base, Van Meter hit .434 with 10 home runs and 76 RBIs in 61 games. Over a 162-game Major League season that equates to a ridiculous 202 RBIs.
This season, pitching mostly in relief, Van Meter has been pretty darn good, forging a 2.57 ERA over 28.0 innings. He’s also struck out 31 and walked just seven.