Spring Grove High grad Dalton Hoiles signs free-agent contract with Baltimore Orioles

  • Spring Grove HIgh graduate Dalton Hoiles has signed a free-agent deal with the Baltimore Orioles.
  • Dalton Hoiles' father, Chris, enjoyed a 10-year major-league career with the Orioles.
  • Dalton Hoiles starred at Shippensburg University. He hit .362 this season with the Raiders.

There's another Hoiles in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

Spring Grove High School graduate Dalton Hoiles enjoyed a standout career at Shippensburg University.

Spring Grove High School graduate Dalton Hoiles has signed a free-agent contract with the O's.

Dalton's father, Chris, enjoyed a productive 10-year major-league career as a catcher with Baltimore from 1989 through 1998 and is a member of the Orioles Hall of Fame.

Dalton Hoiles was a senior outfielder for Shippensburg University this past season and he becomes the third Raider to join a professional organization this offseason. That includes West York High School graduate Cash Gladfelter, who signed as an infielder with the Seattle Mariners after getting drafted in the 27th round of the major-league draft.

The 6-foot, 1-inch, 170-pound Dalton Hoiles confirmed the news of his signing with the O's on Wednesday morning, according to a news release from Shippensburg University. He is expected to report this weekend to the Aberdeen Ironbirds, Baltimore’s short-season Class A affiliate. Aberdeen is just more than 50 miles from York.

A consensus All-Atlantic Region outfielder as a senior, Dalton Hoiles led the Raiders in 2018 with a .362 average, 10 home runs, 41 RBIs, 22 doubles, 41 runs scored and a .452 on-base percentage. His 22 doubles led the Atlantic Region and tied the SU single-season school record. He also had 116 total bases, eighth-best in the Atlantic Region.

Dalton Hoiles

In 207 career games as a Raider (all starts), Dalton Hoiles ranks among SU’s all-time leaders in doubles (55), RBIs (152) and hits (242). He finished as a .337 career hitter with 22 home runs, 82 extra-base hits and 138 runs scored. He produced a .414 career on-base percentage and a .519 career slugging percentage.   

Dalton Hoiles joins pitcher Gabe Mosser and Gladfelter in pro ball this summer out of Shippensburg. Earlier this month, Mosser was drafted by the San Diego Padres.

Dalton Hoiles is also the third York County player to sign with a major league organization this month. Another West York grad, outfielder Brett Kinneman, signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates after getting drafted in the seventh round out of North Carolina State.

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Both Dalton Hoiles and Kinneman are with teams in the New York-Penn League. Kinneman is playing for the West Virginia Black Bears. Aberdeen will play at West Virginia from July 24-26. The Bears are located in Granville, West Virginia, which is about 230 miles from York. Kinneman is hitting .269 with six RBIs in eight games for the Bears.

Gladfelter, meanwhile, is playing for the Everett AquaSox in Washington. Over six games, he's hitting .136 with one RBI and three runs scored.

Chris Hoiles, after leaving the O's organization, became the first manager of the York Revolution in the Atlantic League in 2007. He stepped down in 2009. During his major-league career in Baltimore, Chris Hoiles hit .262 with 151 homers and 449 RBIs. His best year came in 1993, when he hit .310 with 29 homers and 82 RBIs.