The Indians have announced that they have acquired RHP James Hoyt from the Astros in a trade for RHP Tommy DeJuneas.
Hoyt has spent the last two seasons back and forth between Houston and Fresno where he would make a name for himself as a strikeout specialist. Unfortunately, he was also prone to giving up runs, ending his time in Houston with a 4.40 ERA in 71.2 IP since 2016. He would only see 0.1 innings worth of work at the MLB level this season. Hoyt was unable to make a permanent spot for himself in the bullpen during his Astros tenure, instead filling the role as a depth piece.
His time in Fresno this season had been going well, though, as he would work to a 2.25 ERA with 10.6 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 in 28 innings.
In exchange, the Astros receive RHP Tommy DeJuneas from the Indians. DeJuneas was selected as the 27th pick in the 26th round of the 2017 draft out of North Carolina State. He would play in 17 games for the Indians’ Arizona League affiliate, pitching to a 2.42 ERA with 11.77 K/9, but had 5.19 BB/9 in 26 innings. He had been promoted to A ball in 2018, where he’s improved to a 2.45 BB/9, but his ERA has also gone up slightly to 3.38 in 29.1 innings.
You can check out DeJuneas’ twitter account here, and his stats at MiLB here.
Excited to be a part of the Houston Astros Organization! Would like to thank the Indians for drafting me and giving me a chance to pursue my dreams!— Tommy DeJuneas (@Tommy_Boi8) July 6, 2018