Baseball: Former Wichita Pros Get World Series Rings

Ted Woodward
November 02, 2017 - 11:11 am

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Two former Wichita professional baseball players earned World Series rings with the Astros, after visiting Houston defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series.

Former Wichita Wranglers outfielder Carlos Beltran finished his 19th season in the major leagues with a World Series championship for Houston, the first of his career; the 40-year-old says he's now considering retirement.

Beltran played for Wichita in 1998, when he was 21 years old, batting .352 for the Wranglers; the native of Puerto Rico taught himself to switch-hit during his time in the minor leagues in the Kansas City Royals minor-league system. The following year he was the American League Rookie of the Year for the Royals. The nine-time All-Star had three hits this postseason for the Astros, including a pair of doubles. Beltran also played in the World Series in 2013 for the St. Louis Cardinals, in a six-game loss to the Boston Red Sox.

Former Wichita Wingnuts pitcher James Hoyt appeared in 43 games this season out of the Astros bullpen, compiling a 1-0 record, with 14 walks and 66 strikeouts in 49 innings. Hoyt pitched for the Wingnuts in 2012, going 2-0 with a 2.61 earned-run average. Hoyt is currently on the Astros 40-man roster, and was not on Houston's active roster for the postseason.

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