The Major League Baseball draft has now come and gone and players with local ties are quickly getting ready for the next step. Former JSU star pitcher Justin Hoyt is among them.
TV24 Sports caught up with Hoyt Thursday afternoon, one day after being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 22nd round. The redshirt junior’s path to the professional ranks has been paved by his hard work. After graduating at Oak Mountain High School, Hoyt was a preferred walk-on at JSU. He quickly earned a scholarship and a spot as a relief pitcher. He wrapped up his career was one of the top closers in OVC history with 11 saves in 2016 and nine this past season.
Hoyt becomes the 62nd JSU player to be drafted since 1971 and the 17th player under head coach Jim Case. He says he’ll proudly represent the school that gave him the chance to elevate his game. Meanwhile, Hoyt will be very busy over the coming weeks. He will fly to Arizona this weekend and sign his contract and then he’s expected to begin training in Utah with the Ogden Raptors in rookie ball.