Hoying signed with the Hanwha Eagles of the KBO for $700,000, Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net reports.
The 28-year-old outfielder has seen time in the majors with the Rangers in each of the last two seasons, but never profiled as more than a fourth or fifth outfielder. He hit .220/.262/.288 with one home run and four steals in 126 MLB plate appearances. It is a one-year deal, so he could attempt to come back stateside later this decade.
The Angels agreed to release Hoying from his minor-league contract Sunday, Steve Adams of MLBTradeRumors.com reports.
Hoying was inked less than a month ago to bolster the team's organizational outfield depth, but with his path to the majors somewhat muddled, the 28-year-old plans to pursue his options elsewhere. According to Adams, Hoying has drawn interest from the Korean Baseball Organization, where he would likely be able to secure a more sizable guaranteed contract.
Hoying signed a minor-league deal with the Angels that includes an invite to spring training, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
He had been back and forth between Triple-A and the majors with the Rangers over the last two years, but hit the market after being removed from the 40-man roster. Hoying, 28, has a career .220/.262/.288 slash line with one home run and four steals in 126 plate appearances in the majors. His top asset is his speed on the bases. The Angels have a firm trio in the outfield, but they lack much proven depth, so Hoying could once again reach the majors in 2018.
Hoying cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday.
Hoying has been up and down with the Rangers multiple times over the past two seasons, compiling a combined .220/.262/.288 line in 126 plate appearances. The 28-year-old has hit a combined .254/.308/.465 across five seasons with Triple-A Round Rock.
Hoying was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.
Hoying spent some time with the big club earlier in the year but was never able to get things going, slashing just .210/.254/.290 in 62 at-bats before being returned to the minors. He'll serve as outfield depth for the remainder of the season.
Hoying was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.
Hoying spent a good amount of time in the starting lineup while Carlos Gomez was out of commission, but with plenty of other outfield options available at manager Jeff Banister's disposal, the 28-year-old will return to the minors. During his cup of coffee with the Rangers, Hoying only managed to hit .210 while striking out 20 times in 62 at-bats. He'll likely dwell in the minors as an organizational depth piece until another injury strikes the big-league outfield.
Hoying is out of the lineup Sunday against the Nationals, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
With no designated hitter spot available for the three-game series in Washington, the Rangers have prioritized offense over defense in starting Delino DeShields in center field, relegating Hoying to a bench role. At least until Mike Napoli (back) returns from the disabled list, there should be room for both Hoying and DeShields in the lineup when the Rangers resume play against American League clubs.
Hoying went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI in Tuesday's 10-8 win over the Mets.
In addition to the strong showing on offense, Hoying made one of the highlights of the night in the field, robbing Jay Bruce of a home run to straightaway center in the third inning. Even after reaching base three times Tuesday, Hoying still sports an unremarkable .278 on-base percentage on the season, but his defensive skills should keep him in the lineup on a fairly regular basis until Carlos Gomez (hamstring) comes off the disabled list.
Hoying will start in center field and bat ninth Wednesday against the Rays.
The Rangers have yet to use Joey Gallo in the outfield since Adrian Beltre came off the disabled list earlier this week, but it's expected that he'll gradually see more time in left field with Beltre and Mike Napoli serving as the primary corner infielders. That will result in Hoying and Delino DeShields jockeying for playing time in center field, and for the time being, it looks as though Hoying may have the edge. While he doesn't provide much of an impact at the plate, Hoying is regarded as a stronger defender at the position than DeShields, who hasn't helped his case for regular at-bats by slumping at the plate of late. DeShields is on the bench for the third time in four games and may only receive consistent starts against left-handed pitching until Carlos Gomez (hamstring) returns from the DL.
Hoying is out of the lineup Tuesday against Tampa Bay, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
After starting four games in a row, Hoying will take a seat Tuesday night while Delino DeShields heads to center field. Hoying hasn't done much at the plate over 11 games this season, as he's hitting .235 and striking out in 27 percent of his plate appearances.
Hoying went 0-for-2 with two walks, a stolen base and a run scored in Monday's 10-8 loss to the Rays.
Manager Jeff Banister elected to bench Delino DeShields for the second straight game, allowing Hoying to stick in the lineup as the Rangers' center fielder. While Hoying remains the Rangers' top defensive outfielder, third baseman Adrian Beltre's (calf) return from the disabled list Monday could create a domino effect that results in Hoying sitting more frequently. Banister has said the Rangers intend to give Joey Gallo, who had been the everyday third baseman prior to Beltre's return, regular at-bats at either first base or left field going forward. When Gallo plays the outfield, it's likely that two of Hoying, DeShields and Ryan Rua will be forced to the bench.
Hoying is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Left-hander Chris Sale is hurling for Boston on Wednesday, so Hoying will get the night off to avoid a lefty-on-lefty matchup. Delino DeShields will slide over to center field to fill in for him.
Hoying struck out in all four of his at-bats in Friday's 5-3 win over the Tigers.
Hoying may have piqued some interest in deeper mixed or AL-only leagues after falling a triple shy of the cycle in a four-hit, three-run performance Wednesday against the Phillies, but he's gone just 1-for-11 in his other three starts since being promoted to the big leagues earlier this week. The 28-year-old still figures to see the bulk of starts in center field while Carlos Gomez (hamstring) is sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks, but Hoying should be viewed as more of a defensive specialist and is likely to occupy the No. 8 or 9 spot in most games.
Hoying went 4-for-4 with a double, a home run, three runs scored and two RBI in Wednesday's 9-3 win over the Phillies.
Hitting eighth in the order, Hoying paced a 17-hit Rangers attack with his first career major-league home run, a two-run shot in the fifth inning. The 28-year-old has spent most of the last five seasons at Triple-A, hitting 80 homers in 453 games for Round Rock, but he's getting a chance to show that he can stick in the big leagues with regular starts in center field in place of Carlos Gomez (hamstring).
Hoying, who was recalled from Triple-A Round on Tuesday, could see regular reps in center field while he remains with the Rangers, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. "We are going to let [Hoying] play and see if we can get him going," manager Jeff Banister said.
There was some thought that the Rangers might have Delino DeShields move from left to center field with Carlos Gomez (hamstring) ruled out for 4-to-6 weeks, but it looks like Hoying will instead get the first crack at filling the void in center, at least against right-handed pitching. Hoying went 0-for-3 with a strikeout while batting out of the ninth spot in the lineup during Tuesday's win over the Phillies, and doesn't carry much fantasy intrigue after slashing .242/.336/.477 across 146 plate appearances with Round Rock prior to his promotion. That said, Hoying is regarded as a plus defender in center field, which might be enough to afford him consistent starts at that position over the likes of DeShields and Ryan Rua, who are better suited for corner-outfield duties.
Hoying had his contract purchased from Triple-A Round Rock and will start in center field Tuesday against the Phillies.
As expected, Hoying will head to the big leagues to provide outfield depth after Carlos Gomez (hamstring) was placed on the DL. It's unclear if Hoying will fill an everyday role in center field or if he'll split time there with Delino DeShields Jr. or another outfielder, but that should become clearer in the next few days.
Hoying will be called up by the Rangers imminently, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Hoying owned a .242/.336/.477 batting line powered by seven home runs for Triple-A Round Rock. He had an out clause in his contract that could have been exercised Monday, and the Rangers wanted to ensure they held onto the slugging outfielder. Most importantly, Hoying has the ability to play center field, and they'll need somebody else on their roster capable of covering ground with Carlos Gomez out for a month or more.
Hoying was sent to minor league camp Monday, MLB.com's TR Sullivan reports.
Hoying, who signed a minor-league deal with a spring-training invite in December, was a long shot to break camp with the big league club. The 27-year-old struck out 11 times in 44 at-bats and hit just .205 during spring training. At Triple-A Round Rock last season, Hoying hit .269 with 16 home runs in 100 games.
Hoying signed a minor league contract with the Rangers on Thursday that includes an invite to spring training, the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant reports.
After bringing back Carlos Gomez, the Rangers have their outfield alignment pretty well set for 2017. Hoying spent most of 2016 at Triple-A Round Rock, hitting .269 with 16 home runs and 18 steals in 100 games. He should once again offer organizational depth, capable of playing center field should a need arise.
The Rangers declined to tender Hoying a contract Friday, making him a free agent.
He's managed just a .305 on-base percentage in four seasons at Triple-A and he struggled mightily in his first exposure to big-league pitching. Further, while he played some center field at Round Rock this year, Hoying is not a plus defender even in the corners, so it seems likely he will have to settle for a minor league deal in free agency.
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