Getting to CHS Field

Injuries Force Saints Into Action, Sign Former Marlins Organizational All-Star Silviano, Rookie Pascual

ST. PAUL, MN July 1, 2019

Cue the theme to M.A.S.H.  The St. Paul Saints lost two infielders in two innings on Sunday afternoon in Fargo.  Infielders Blake Schmit and Joey Wong injured their oblique and knee, respectively.  Manager George Tsamis worked quickly to fill their roster spots and grabbed power hitting first baseman John Silviano and rookie middle infielder Steve Pascual.


          The 24-year-old power hitting left-hander, Silviano was at Double-A Jacksonville this season in the Miami Marlins organization.  He was hitting .151 with four home runs and 14 RBI in 65 games. 


          Silviano is coming off one of his best seasons as a professional as he was selected an Organizational All-Star in 2018.  He began the season at High-A Jupiter where he hit .281 with 12 home runs and 39 RBI in 65 games.  In 228 at bats he had eight doubles, two triples, a .363 on base percentage and a .491 slugging percentage.  His season was highlighted by a two homer, six RBI performance on April 14 at Daytona and then came back the next game and hit the fourth grand slam of his career.  Overall, he had four games of four or more RBI.  His season was interrupted by injury on June 21 and he returned in early August for a five-game rehab stint in the Gulf Coast League.  Following that, he was promoted to Jacksonville where he hit .167 with three home runs and seven RBI in 20 games.


          In 2012, Silviano was drafted in the 13th round by the Toronto Blue Jays out of Summit Christian (FL) High School.  He spent three seasons in the Blue Jays organization and played in just 80 games.  In 2012 he hit .164 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 39 games with the GCL Blue Jays.  The following year he played in 34 games at the rookie level Appalachian League and hit .141 with three home runs and 10 RBI.  In 2014 he played in just seven games with the GCL Blue Jays before being released on July 10.


          Silviano then took an interesting route back to organizational ball.  He went to school at Division II Lynn (FL) University and had one year of eligibility per DII NCAA rules.  By rule, he needed to sit out the 2015 year and could play in 2016.  In his lone year at Lynn University he hit a robust .405 with 31 home runs and 76 RBI in 51 games.  In 200 at bats he scored 70 runs, ripped 14 doubles, one triple, had a .528 on base percentage and a .950 slugging percentage for a ridiculous 1.478 OPS.  He set school records for a single-season in home runs, total bases (190), slugging, and RBI, third in runs, fourth in on base percentage and eighth in average.  His 31 home runs in a single-season were also the third most in a career.  Silviano was named 1st Team All-America at catcher by ABCA/Rawlings, Daktronics/D2CCA and NCBWA.  He was the South Region Player of the Year and 1st Team All-Conference by the same three organizations.  He was selected the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year.


          After his monster season in college Silviano signed as a free agent with the Marlins organization and was assigned to Single-A Greensboro where he hit .212 with eight home runs and 19 RBI in 44 games.  In 156 at bats he scored 17 runs, smacked 13 doubles, had an on base percentage of .281 and a slugging percentage of .449.  He doubled in four-straight from July 1-6.


          In 2017, Silviano put up solid power numbers in the Florida State League, a predominately pitching dominant league.  He hit .245 with 13 homers and 55 RBI in 103 games.  In 384 at bats he scored 48 runs, slugged 17 doubles, five triples, had an on base percentage of .311 and a slugging percentage of .417.  He finished second in the league in home runs/at bats (1/29.54).  Silviano was impressive hitting three grand slams during the year on June 3, June 14 and July 20.  On June 14 he hit two home runs, including the grand slam, and had a career high seven RBI.


          The 25-year-old Pascual was signed by the Milwaukee Milkmen this season on June 21 and played in four games going 4-13 with an RBI before being released on June 25.


          Last season Pascual played the entire year with the Bakersfield Train Robbers in the Pecos League.  He had an impressive season hitting .339 with 41 RBI in 58 games.  In 224 at bats he scored 47 runs, smacked eight doubles, a triple, stole eight bases, had a .410 on base percentage and a .384 slugging percentage.  Pascual had a hot couple of weeks in June with a career high 10-game hitting streak from June 10-19, which included nine multi-hit games.  He had four, three-hit games and a four-hit game during the stretch.  In addition, he had an RBI in five straight, 10 total, from June 10-14.  He scored a run in seven straight, nine total, from June 13-19.  Pascual set career highs with four RBI on June 24 and four hits on July 5.


          Pascual began his professional career signing as a free agent with the Lincoln Saltdogs in 2015.  He played in just seven games going 5-22 with two RBI. He collected three hits on June 18 at Sioux City, the top pitching team in the league that season.


          In 2016 he signed with the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League and hit .150 with one RBI in 14 games before being released on June 25.  Pascual was signed on June 28 by the River City Rascals in the same league and hit .229 with an RBI in 14 games.


          Pascual began his college career at Golden West College and finished his baseball career at Viterbo University.  He was a 1st Team All-Conference selection during his senior year of high school.


          In order to make room for Silviano and Pascual, the Saints placed Blake Schmit on the disabled list and Joey Wong on the inactive list.


          The Saints roster stands at the league maximum 23 players, 12 pitchers and 11 position players.