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Getting to CHS Field

How Sweet It Is, Saints Make Trade With Sugarland For Speedy Outfielder Richard Prigatano

ST. PAUL, MN April 26, 2018

The St. Paul Saints used speed in their outfield in both 2015 and 2016 and opponents found it difficult to find the gaps at CHS Field.  The 2018 team may rival those two years especially after the Saints pulled off a coup of a trade with the Atlantic League’s Sugarland Skeeters, the second time the two teams have made a deal this offseason.  The Saints received speedy outfielder Richard Prigatano in exchange for a player to be named later.

 

          The 25-year-old Prigatano spent the last two seasons in the American Association with the Wichita Wingnuts.  He had a career year in 2017 hitting .316 with eight home runs and 61 RBI in 95 games.  In 339 at bats he scored 67 runs, roped 27 doubles, two triples, swiped 34 bases in 38 attempts, had a .406 on base percentage, .475 slugging percentage, for an impressive .880 OPS.  He finished fifth in the league in doubles and stolen bases, and ninth in batting average.  He stole a base in at least two straight five times, including four straight from August 14 (both ends of a doubleheader) – August 16.  He also swiped a career high three bases on June 19.  Prigatano had three separate eight game hitting streaks and collected a career high four RBI on August 25.

 

          Prigatano was originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 16th round of the First Year Player Draft in 2011 out of St. Francis (CA) High School, but elected not to sign and attended Long Beach State (CA) University.  He improved his draft status and was selected in the 11th round by the Colorado Rockies in 2014.  He played in just 55 games for the Rockies over the 2014 and 2015 seasons at Low A Tri-City/Boise (the Rockies changed affiliates following the 2014 season). 

 

Following his release, he signed with the Wingnuts for the 2016 season and hit .256 with five home runs and 38 RBI in 80 games.  In 281 at bats he scored 42 runs, smacked 12 doubles, three triples, swiped 26 bases in 31 attempts, had a .362 on base percentage, and a .374 slugging percentage.  Early in the season he homered in back-to-back games on May 22 & 24, the only time he’s done that in his career, and had a career high nine game hitting streak from June 6-16.  He swiped a base in two or more consecutive games four times, including three straight from June 2-4.

 

Prigatano played three years at Long Beach State and was an All-Big West First Team Selection as a junior in 2014.  He finished with 21 stolen bases, ninth most in a single-season in school history.  He was All-Big West Second Team as a sophomore.

 

Coming out of St. Francis High School Prigatano was a Baseball America Top 200 draft prospect going into the 2011 draft.  He earned First Team All-WCAL, as well as Second Team All-State.  He was named to the Second-Team Rawlings Gold Glove Team, awarded nationally.

 

The Saints have now signed 21 players this off-season.

 

Roster

LHP – Ryan Boelter

RHP – Mike Devine

RHP – Jake Esch

LHP – Ken Frosch

RHP – Eddie Medina

RHP – Vinny Nittoli

RHP – Ryan Schlosser

RHP – Matt Solter

RHP – John Straka

RHP – Beck Wheeler

C – Justin O’Conner

OF - Kes Carter

OF – Chad Hinshaw

OF - Max Murphy

OF – Richard Prigatano

OF - Jordan Smith

INF – Josh Allen

INF – Dante Bichette Jr.

INF/OF – Jayce Boyd

INF – Noah Perio

INF Brady Shoemaker

The Saints had signed infielder Jake Hager, but he signed with the Milwaukee Brewers organization on February 20.  RHP Tyler Warmoth was signed on April 9, but has elected to pursue other opportunities outside of baseball.

 

          The Saints begin the 2018 season on the road against the Gary SouthShore Railcats on Friday, May 18.  The Saints first game at home is on Monday, May 21 against the newest member of the American Association, the Chicago Dogs, at 3:05 p.m.