Full name JAMES ALLEN HOYT...Single...Graduated from Boise High School (Idaho) in 2005, earning letters as a pitcher and a first baseman...Following high school, attended Palomar Junior College in California...Redshirted as a freshman in 2006 before playing two seasons (2007-08) with the Comets...Transferred to Centenary College of Louisiana following the 2008 season... Off-field hobbies include golfing, fishing and hiking....Is a Boise State football fan and grew up a fan of the Seattle Mariners growing up in Idaho.
Was acquired by Cleveland from the Houston Astros on July 6 for a Minor League pitcher, Tommy DeJuneas...Spent most of the 2018 season in AAA Fresno, posting 5 saves and a 2.25 ERA in 25 relief outings (28.0IP, 19H, 7ER, 8BB, 33SO, .192 avg)... Following the trade, he was limited to three outings with Triple-A Columbus due to a right knee injury and did not pitch after July 19...Was placed on the 60-day D.L. on Sept. 4 ... Began the year on the 10-day D.L. with a strained oblique suffered in spring training...Was on the Houston club, April 10- 16, and made only appearance for the Astros on April 11 at Minnesota (0.1IP, 1H, 0R) and owns a career Major League ERA of 4.40 in 66 relief appearances since 2016, all with Houston (71.1IP, 68H, 35ER, 24BB, 94SO, 11.8 SO per 9.0 IP, .246 avg)... Did not allow an earned run over his last 8.0 IP with Fresno ... Underwent a right knee arthroscopic debridement (Dr. Rick Parker) and right elbow arthroscopic debridement (Dr. Mark Schickendantz) on Sept. 19th at the Cleveland Clinic.
Improved in almost every category in his second season in the Majors...went 1-0 with a 4.38 ERA (24ER/49.1IP) and 66 strikeouts in 43 games...set career highs in games, innings, strikeouts, holds (7), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (12.04) and strikeout to walk ratio (4.71)...also set career-best marks in ERA and walks per 9.0 innings (2.55)...began the season with Triple A Fresno and had three separate Major League stints with the Astros...recalled to Houston on April 20 and optioned to Triple A on July 24...recalled again on Aug. 4 and optioned on Aug. 26...received his final recall of the year on Sept. 6...earned the win and went a career-high 2.0 innings, recording a career-high five strikeouts on May 2 vs. TEX...struck out four batters in consecutive outings from June 11-14...in two stints at Triple A Fresno, went 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA (3ER/14IP), four saves and 18 strikeouts in 13 appearances.
Pitched in 22 games over the final two months of the season across two stints with the Astros...struck out 28 batters in his 22.0 innings for an 11.45 strikeout per 9.0 innings...marked the fourth-highest strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio by an Astros rookie in club history (min. 20IP)...trailed only RHP Michael Feliz (13.15 in 2016), RHP J.R. Richard (12.43 in 1971) and LHP Billy Wagner (11.67 in 1996)...was selected to the Major League roster from Triple A Fresno on Aug. 3...optioned to Triple A on Aug. 19...recalled to Houston for a final time on Sept. 2... made his Major League debut on Aug. 3 vs. TOR...at 29 years, 208 days old, became the second-oldest pitcher in club history to make his Major League debut, behind RHP Don Bradley (29 years, 357 days old in 1964)... earned his first Major League win on Sept. 6 at CLE after tossing 1.1 scoreless innings, striking out two... posted a 2.70 ERA (4ER/13.1IP) with 19 strikeouts in 19 games over his final stint with the Astros (beginning Sept. 2)... was a Pacific Coast League Midseason and Postseason All-Star, posting a 4-3 record with 29 saves in 32 chances, a 1.64 ERA (10ER/55IP), .154 opponent batting average, 19 walks and 93 strikeouts in 49 appearances at Triple A Fresno...was the only relief pitcher named to the PCL Postseason All-Star Team...led the PCL in saves, falling four saves shy of the modern PCL record of 33...also led all Triple A pitchers in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (15.22) and strikeout rate (43.9%) (min. 50IP), while leading all PCL relievers in ERA, opponent batting average and WHIP (min. 50IP).