Former TinCap and Norwell graduate Josh VanMeter has been called up from Triple-A to the Cincinnati Reds. VanMeter is not in the starting lineup tonight, but his family will be in the stands for today's matchup against the Giants, his father, Greg VanMeter, tells the Journal Gazette.
"Laughter, tears, joy," the elder VanMeter said of his reaction to the news his son had been promoted. "It's a great day, man. ... I have a lot of pride in him for the accomplishment, lot of pride for his work, perseverance, everything he put in to get to this point."
VanMeter, 24, played 141 games for the TinCaps in 2014 and 2015 after the Padres picked him in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He reached Double-A in the San Diego organization before he was traded to the Reds. His career really took off in Double-A in 2018, where he was a Southern League All-Star. He was promoted to Triple-A for the final 98 games of the 2018 season and then enjoyed a torrid first few weeks of the 2019 season.
In 29 games with the Triple-A Louisville Bats this season, the Ossian native hit .346 with 13 home runs and an OPS 86 percent above league average. He led the league in a variety of categories and follows top prospect Nick Senzel to the majors. Senzel was promoted just days before VanMeter's call-up.