Familiar Face Signs With Saints As Former Saint and Hamline University Product Dan Kaczrowski Re-Joins TeamST. PAUL, MN June 22, 2015
FAMILIAR FACE SIGNS WITH SAINTS AS FORMER SAINT AND HAMLINE UNIVERSITY PRODUCT DAN KACZROWSKI RE-JOINS TEAM
ST. PAUL, MN (June 22, 2015) – Despite the best record in the American Association, 24-5, the St. Paul Saints are banged up all over the diamond. With an injury plagued team the Saints turned to a familiar face to help them out signing former Saints utility player Hamline University graduate Dan Kaczrowski re-joins the team.
The 28-year-old Kaczrowski last played in 2013 for the Saints. He hit .276 with four home runs and 29 RBI in 91 games. In 337 at bats he roped 11 doubles, one triple, stole seven bases, had a .358 on base percentage and .350 slugging percentage.
Kaczrowski joined the Saints in 2009 upon finishing his senior season at Hamline. His first professional start was a memorable one. After a couple of pinch hitting appearances in his first two games he got his first start on May 31 at Sioux City. He went 3-7 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. The seven at bats in a nine inning game tied a Saints franchise record with three others at the time (Evan Bigley also had seven at bats in a nine inning game last season). Kaczrowski would go on to hit .286 with one homer and five RBI in 12 games. In 42 at bats he had one double, scored eight runs, a slugging percentage of .381 and an on base percentage of .348.
On the second day of the June Amateur Draft, June 10, 2009, Kaczrowski was selected in the 26th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization where he was from 2009-12. He spent most of the 2011 and 2012 seasons at Double-A Mobile and got one at bat at Triple-A Reno. In his four seasons with the Diamondbacks organization he hit .255. In 2012 at Mobile he hit .225 with one homer and 21 RBI in 83 games. In 200 at bats he scored 21 runs, had six doubles, an on base percentage of .270 and a slugging percentage of .336.
One of Kaczrowski’s best season’s came in 2010 when he split time between Single-A Visalia and Mobile. He hit .266 with three homers and 36 RBI in 117 games. In 418 at bats he scored 58 runs, had 19 doubles, two triples, a .322 on base percentage and a .342 slugging percentage. In his career he has struck out just 176 times in 1453 at bats.
Kaczrowski was named a 2009 All-MIAC Conference player as he hit .463 in MIAC play with a .612 slugging percentage and a .513 on base percentage. He was 15-15 in stolen bases against conference opponents and scored a team high 22 runs in MIAC play.
He helped lead the Pipers to their second straight MIAC playoff appearance and third in four years. Kaczrowski led the conference in stolen bases and was in the top ten in runs scored and hits (third), batting average (fourth) and on base percentage (sixth) in the MIAC.
Kaczrowski had one of the top ten longest streaks in NCAA history going 23-23 in stolen bases that season and was 27-27 dating back to 2008.
In order to make room for Kaczrowski the Saints placed infielder Sam Maus on the inactive list with an injured wrist. League rules state that a player must be on the inactive list for 30 days.
The Saints currently have a league maximum 22 players on the roster, 12 pitchers and 10 position players.