Four More Moves In One Day For SaintsST. PAUL, MN August 22, 2014
FOUR MORE MOVES IN ONE DAY FOR SAINTS
ST. PAUL, MN (August 22, 2014) – Sometimes you have to give up a good player to get one. After trading Jared McDonald to the Wichita Wingnuts August 16, the Saints received second-year starting pitcher Justin Klipp in return. Klipp started game two of Thursday night’s doubleheader and was impressive going 5.1 innings while allowing one earned run. In addition to the Klipp move the Saints traded reliever Mackenzie King to the Lincoln Saltdogs for a player to be named later, re-signed catcher Carlos Escobar and placed pitcher Robert Coe on the inactive list with an injury which will end his season.
This season the 29-year-old Klipp had an 8-3 record in 18 appearances (17 starts) with the Wingnuts to go along with a 3.92 ERA. He has allowed 45 earned runs on 107 hits in 103.1 innings pitched while striking out 50 and allowing only 39 walks.
Last year in his first professional season, Klipp started with the Edinburg Roadrunners. He went 2-1 in his three starts with a 1.25 ERA and had an incredible 36 strikeouts in 21.2 innings before being traded to the Wichita Wingnuts. In Wichita, he proceeded to go 8-3 with a 3.88 ERA in 17 appearances, 15 starts. He struck out 56 while only walking 21 in 92.2 innings.
The Calabasas, CA native was originally selected in the 29th round of the 2004 June Amateur Draft by the Texas Rangers out of Cuesta College (San Luis Obispo, CA), but elected not to sign and went to Cal-State Fullerton. He was selected in the 22nd round of the 2007 June Amateur Draft by the Chicago White Sox before a severe back injury nearly ended his career. He had surgery in 2009 and finished his degree. He rehabbed his back and started pitching in a men’s league in 2010 before finally getting a tryout and making the Edinburg Roadrunners in 2013.
With the Saltdogs in the thick of the Central Division race and looking for pitching the Saints sent King, who was 1-0 with a 1.96 ERA in 13 relief appearances, to the team they are playing until Sunday. The Saints will receive a player from the Saltdogs when the season is over.
Escobar who began the season with the Saints and was released on June 21. Escobar stayed around as a bullpen catcher and was then re-signed for a day on August 1. On the season Escobar is hitting .206 with five RBI in 21 games.
Coe was 5-7 with a 6.60 ERA with a complete game shutout in 16 starts.
The Saints roster stands at the league maximum 22 players, 10 pitchers and 12 position players. The trade deadline ends Friday night at 11:59 p.m. and roster can expand to 23 on Saturday.