Tim Livingston, Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations
For the second time this season, a Stompers outfielder has been acquired by the Gary SouthShore Railcats of the American Association. After Brennan Metzger was picked up by the Indiana-based squad at the beginning of August, Stompers star center fielder Matt Hibbert has been acquired by Gary for future considerations. This marks the fifth time this season that a Stompers player has been acquired by an upper-division team in independent baseball, as Metzger, Fehlandt Lentini (Long Island Ducks - Atlantic League), Joel Carranza (Trois Rivieres Aigles - Can-Am Association) and Isaac Wenrich (Florence Freedom - Frontier League) have all moved on in 2015.
Hibbert was a prototypical leadoff man and center fielder for the Stompers in 2015, hitting .305/.418/.415 during the season with four home runs a team best 64 runs scored. He led the Pacific Association with 32 stolen bases and 18 hit-by-pitches. His defense in the outfield both in right and center was amongst the best in the league if not the best, as he made the tough plays look routine and made some of the most spectacular defensive plays of the season.
Newcomer Connor Jones is expected to take over in center field for the Stompers during their stretch run, as the final home series of 2015 begins on Tuesday against the Pittsburg Diamonds.
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