Caldwell Comes Off DL and Earns Pointstreak American Association Player of the WeekST. PAUL, MN June 20, 2016
St. Paul Saints catcher Tony Caldwell missed the entire two week roadtrip from May 30-June 12 after being placed on the disabled list. During his first week back he was so impressive in series against the Sioux City Explorers and Winnipeg Goldeyes that he was named the Poinstreak American Association Player of the Week.
During the week of June 13-19 Caldwell played all six games and went 9-18 (.500) with four home runs and 12 RBI while scoring seven runs. In the three game series against the Goldeyes alone he homered three times and drove in 10 runs. He set career highs on Saturday, June 18 hitting two home runs and collecting five RBI and tied a career high with four hits. He homered again on Sunday, the first time in his career he’s homered in back-to-back games. His current streak of scoring a run in five straight games is also a career high.
On the season Caldwell is hitting a robust .419 with a career high five home runs and 19 RBI in 13 games. In 43 at bats he has five doubles, one triple, a .519 on base percentage and a .930 slugging percentage with a 1.449 OPS.
The 27-year-old Caldwell came over in a trade with the New Jersey Jackals (Independent, Can-Am) on April 29 for a player to be named later. He spent the last two seasons with the Jackals and last year he hit .282 with three home runs and a career high 42 RBI in 80 games. In 238 at bats he slugged 12 doubles, two triples, had a .395 on base percentage and a .387 slugging percentage. He finished second in the Can-Am League hit by pitches (19) and tied for third in sacrifice flies (7). Among catchers he was first in total chances (659) and put outs (630), the second consecutive season he led the league in both categories.
Caldwell was a 24th round draft pick by the Florida Marlins in 2011 out of Auburn University. In his first season of professional ball, in the Gulf Coast League, he hit .306 with a home run and 10 RBI in 32 games. He led all catchers in fielding percentage (.993) and was third best in throwing out baserunners (14-47, .298). Offensively he reached base in 22 consecutive games from June 20-August 7.
Caldwell spent the majority of 2012 and 2013 at Single-A Greensboro (with the exception of a minor rehab stint in the Gulf Coast League in 2013). He hit .238 and .209 respectively and threw out nearly 30% of base stealers in 2012 and nearly 25% in 2013.
After being released by the Marlins he signed with the Jackals for the 2014 season and hit .257 with four homers and 32 RBI while throwing out the third most base stealers (14-64, .219).
Caldwell is the second Saints player to earn a weekly honor, with pitcher Mark Hamburger earning Pitcher of the Week ending May 29. Caldwell is the first position player to earn the award since Angelo Songco for the week ending August 2, 2015 and the first catcher since 2015 League Player of the Year, Vinny DiFazio, did so last year with the week ending June 21.
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