Former diamond Gents heating up in professional baseball leagues
Left: Jacob Lugo (Photo courtesy of the Binghamton Mets). Right: Boone Whiting (Photo courtesy of the Albuquerque Isotopes).
Former diamond Gents heating up in professional baseball leagues
Thursday, July 23, 2015

SHREVEPORT, LA – The Centenary College baseball team boasts four former Gents playing professional baseball this summer. Boone Whiting and James Hoyt are currently in Triple-A, Seth Lugo is in Double-A, and recent Centenary player Taylor Henry is in rookie ball.

Whiting, who played for the Gents baseball team from 2008-2010, is currently with the Albuquerque Isotopes (Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies) of the Pacific Coast League. A right-handed pitcher, Whiting began the year with Memphis before making his first appearance with the Isotopes in late May. Against Omaha on May 30, Whiting picked up his first win of the year by allowing two runs in five innings of work in the Albuquerque win. After stint in the bullpen for the Isotopes, Whiting reemerged as a starter for Albuquerque. In a no decision against Reno on July 20, he held the Aces scoreless with only five hits in 6.2 inning of work, his longest outing of the season.

Hoyt (2009-2010) is a member of the Fresno Grizzlies (Triple-A team affiliate of the Houston Astros), another Pacific Coast League member. A right-handed pitcher, Hoyt has appeared out of the bullpen 28 times for the Grizzlies in 2015 with four saves and a 4.91 ERA. Hoyt has only allowed an unearned run in his last nine outings (9.2 innings).

Lugo (2009-2011) is a member of the Binghamton Mets (Double-A affiliate of the N.Y. Mets). The right-handed, Bossier City native is on fire with a 3-0 record in his last three starts. In those outings, he has allowed only 10 hits and one earned run while striking out 18 in his last 18 innings of work. Lugo is 5-4 on the year with a 3.45 ERA.

The Gents baseball team added another Bossier City native to its list of current players in professional baseball when recent graduate Taylor Henry (2012-2015) was drafted by the N.Y. Mets in the 21st round in June. In three appearances with the Kingsport Mets (a rookie league affiliate of the N.Y. Mets), the southpaw has converted both save opportunities. On July 7 against Greeneville, Henry helped preserve a 6-4 win for Kingsport when he retired the side in order in the ninth – including a pair of strikeouts.