You might as well call Jared Hoying Mr. Express.
The 27-year-old Ohio native has been with Rangers organization since he was drafted in 2010. He made his Round Rock debut and, other than a stint in the big leagues last season, has been here ever since.
“They treat you like a person here,” Hoying said. “Sometimes you can get treated like a number (in other places). The organization (here) will do everything it can do to help you. I’m from a small town and Round Rock has that kind of small town vibe with people just helping people.”
Hoying is one of four players that has seen the field is all 12 Express games this season. He’s batting .204 with 10 hits and five runs scored and is tied for second on the team early on with a pair of home runs.
He’s kind of in the middle of being a veteran and an up and comer, approaching 800 minor league games and holds a .259 average with 750 hits and 440 runs with 103 home runs over his seven-year career.
The Rangers called his name twice last year, first in late May when he went 5-for-23 in a 19-day span and again in early July. All in all, Hoying has 46 at-bats in 38 MLB games with 10 hits, eight runs scored and a .217 average.
It was hard for Hoying to describe the feeling of getting called up for the first time. He said he’s seen a lot of guys before him put in the work and get close, but for him to get over that final hurdle was both relieving and rewarding.
“All the blood sweat and tears and all the hard work paid off,” he said. “To kind of climb the ladder for the final time was great. I love Round Rock. It’s like a second home to me. But the ulti=mate goal is to get back to the big leagues.”
Manager Jason Wood was extra proud when Hoying got the call-up, too. Wood was Hoying’s first manager in High-A when he was with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in 2011. The two both moved up to Frisco to join the RoughRiders the following year.
The parallel trajectory continued in 2015 when Wood was named the Round Rock manager and Hoying was already a mainstay in the lineup.
“It’s not quite a father-son relationship, but I’ve seen him grow through the years,” Wood said. “I saw him when he was very young and raw with a crazy batting stance. He’s a special one and he’s got a lot of baseball left in his career. When you’ve been with a guy for so long and you get to see his hard work pay off, it means a lot.”
Round Rock wraps up its four-game series against the Omaha Storm Chasers with games Thursday and Friday at 7:05 p.m. before hosting the Iowa Cubs for four games beginning Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
For Hoying, the grind never stops. He’s balancing being an experienced leader on a team flush with young players and new faces with the drive to one day leave Round Rock for a full-time MLB position.
“I’m a veteran in the fact that I’ve been here for a long time and I know the staff,” he said. “But I’m still young enough to where I haven’t peaked yet and I still going in the right direction. I’m just trying to get back up there and stay there for as long as I can.”