Getting to CHS Field

Let's Make A Deal: Saints Trade For Eden Prairie Native, Twins Draftee, Infielder Blake Schmit

ST. PAUL, MN March 28, 2019

The local product is returning home.  The last three seasons infielder Blake Schmit has done damage against the St. Paul Saints.  Now he will join them as manager George Tsamis made a trade with the Sioux City Explorers to grab the Eden Prairie High standout in exchange for a player to be named later.

 

          The 27-year-old Schmit began 2018 with the Sioux Falls Canaries before being traded to the playoff bound Explorers on July 31 for three players to be named later.  Between the two stops Schmit hit .311 with two homers and 42 RBI in 92 games.  In 363 at bats he roped a career high 17 doubles, swiped 16 bases, had a .371 on base percentage and a .375 slugging percentage.  He began the season with a career high 18-game hitting streak and then matched that with another 18-game hitting streak from August 12-31.  He put together a string of five straight two-hit games during the latter half of the second 18-game hitting streak.  Schmit had an incredible 33 multi-hit games and had four RBI on August 28 at Kansas City.  In the playoffs he was even better going 5-14 with a home run and three RBI in a five-game series against the Kansas City T-Bones, a series the Explorers lost three-games-to-two.

 

          Schmit was a 26th round selection by the Twins in 2014 out of the University of Maryland.  He began his professional career that season with the Low-A Elizabethton Twins.  He hit .162 with four RBI in 22 games.  His team made the playoffs, but lost two-games-to-one to Johnson City in the semi-finals.

 

          In 2015 Schmit began the season at Single-A Cedar Rapids where he hit .226 with a home run and 12 RBI in 18 games.  Schmit was placed on the disabled list on June 11 and didn’t return to action until a rehab stint in the Gulf Coast League on July 31.  After hitting .297 with a home run and six RBI in 10 games, Schmit finished the season with eight games at High-A Fort Myers where he hit .182.

 

          After the Twins released Schmit following spring training in 2016, he found a home with the Canaries in the American Association.  In his first season Schmit hit .319 with a career high five home runs and 29 RBI in 96 games.  In 370 at bats he slugged 15 doubles, a career high five triples, stole 20 bases, had a .380 on base percentage, .427 slugging percentage, for an .807 OPS.  Schmit was selected to the All-Star Game held at CHS Field and went 1-1 with a double and a run scored.  He led the league in fielding percentage at shortstop, .968, and was seventh in average.  He hit safely in 12-straight from June 5-17 and topped that with a 13-game hitting streak from August 20-September 3.  Schmit set a career high by scoring a run in seven-straight from August 20-27.  He used his speed to steal a base in three- straight from September 1-3.

 

          Schmit returned to Sioux Falls in 2017 and hit .274 with four home runs and a career high 44 RBI in 92 games.  In 354 at bats he had 10 doubles, two triples, equaled his stolen base output from the season before with 20, had a .348 on base percentage, and a .347 slugging percentage.  He once again put together a double-digit hit streak with 10-straight from June 15-25 that also included five straight multi-hit games during the last five games of the streak.  He set a career high with four hits on June 24.  Schmit had nine RBI over three games from June 23-25 including a career high five on June 23.  He stole a base in back-to-back games four times and swiped two on September 2.

 

          While at Eden Prairie High, Schmit helped the Eagles to the 2010 state title as an All-State and All-Conference Honoree.

 

          He began his college career at Des Moines Area Community College where he helped guide the Bears to back-to-back appearances in the NJCAA Division II World Series.  He was the Easton Division II Defensive Player of the Year and named to the Rawlings Gold Glove Team as a freshman.  During his sophomore season Schmit was an ICCAC All-Conference First-Team and NJCAA All-Region XI Team after hitting .403.

 

          From Des Moines Area CC, Schmit finished his college career at the University of Maryland and earned a spot on the ACC All-Tournament Team as a senior.  He hit .309 with a team best 20 extra-base hits and finished eighth in the conference with 16 stolen bases.

 

The Saints have nine players on their roster.

 

Roster

P Mitch Brown

P Ken Frosch

P Eddie Medina

P Todd Van Steensel

INF Josh Allen

INF Devon Rodriguez

INF Blake Schmit

INF Joey Wong

OF Max Murphy

 

          The Saints begin the 2019 season with a 10-game homestand.  Opening Day is Thursday, May 16 at 7:05 p.m. against the newest member of the Milwaukee Milkmen.