Wednesday, May 09, 2018 1:50 pm
Ossian native Josh VanMeter promoted to Triple-A
DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette
Ossian native and former Norwell star Josh VanMeter was promoted to the Louisville Bats, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, on Wednesday. VanMeter is in the midst of the best season of his six-year professional career, hitting .284 with a .420 on-base percentage for the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
"Norwell Baseball would like to congratulate and wish good luck to our own Josh VanMeter as he has been called up to the AAA Louisville Bats! Awesome!" Norwell coach Andy McClain, who coached VanMeter in high school, wrote on Twitter.
The 23-year-old VanMeter was originally selected out of Norwell by the San Diego Padres in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He played for the TinCaps in 2014, hitting .254 with three home runs and 39 RBI in 116 games. He returned to the team for part of the 2015 season, posting similar numbers during a 25-game stint that was interrupted by a broken leg in the second game of the season.
The infielder eventually reached Double-A with the Padres in 2016 after putting together an All-Star campaign at high-A Lake Elsinore that year. In the winter of 2016-17, VanMeter was traded to the Reds organization in exchange for Cincinnati Rule 5 pick Luis Torrens, who eventually played 56 games for the Padres in 2017.
VanMeter spent all of 2017 in Pensacola and was named a Southern League All-Star. He broke out at the plate this season, however, walking in 19 percent of his plate appearances, by far the highest rate of his pro career. His .841 OPS was 35 percent better than the league average.
VanMeter was part of a Class 3A state championship team at Norwell as a senior in 2013. He played shortstop and pitcher for the Knights and was a three-time All-State selection.