More Awards, Songco Named Pointstreak American Association Player of the WeekST. PAUL, MN August 3, 2015
MORE AWARDS, SONGCO NAMED POINTSTREAK AMERICAN ASSOCIATION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ST. PAUL, MN (August 3, 2015) – At one point or another each of the St. Paul Saints hitters have been red hot this season. First baseman Angelo Songco has been on a fire on more than one occasion, but he was finally recognized for his amazing numbers. He was named the Pointstreak American Association Player of the Week for the week of July 27-August 2.
During a short week, because of the two day break in the American Association schedule on July 27 and 28, Songco still destroyed the Gary SouthShore Railcats and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in five games. He went 11-24 (.458) with five doubles, two home runs, 10 RBI and seven runs scored. Songco hit safely in all five games played including going 4-5 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored on Sunday evening. The Saints went 4-1 during the week.
On the season Songco is having a career year hitting .351 with 11 homers and 58 RBI in 66 games. In 259 at bats he has scored 45 runs, ripped 21 doubles, five triples, a .428 on base percentage, .598 slugging percentage and an incredible 1.026 OPS. He currently leads the American Association in total bases (155) & extra-base hits (37), is 2nd in slugging percentage and RBI and T2nd in batting average (.351), hits (91) and doubles.
The 26-year-old Songco played last season for the Saints and hit .269 with 16 homers and 66 RBI in 97 games. In 375 at bats he scored 58 runs, had 25 doubles, a .312 on base percentage and a .450 slugging percentage. The 16 home runs and 66 RBI were second on the team. His 97 games played were tied for the third most in a single-season in franchise history.
Songco was a fourth round pick of the Dodgers out of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 2009. He progressed through the Dodgers organization and turned heads at nearly every level. At his first professional stop in the Rookie League at Ogden he hit .306 with nine homers and 29 RBI in just 36 games before being promoted to Single-A Great Lakes.
The following season, in 2010, the accolades started pouring in for Songco who was selected as a Midwest League All-Star. In a full season with Great Lakes he hit .274 with 15 homers and 74 RBI in 135 games. Among his 15 home runs was a grand slam on May 26.
The big breakout season for Songco came in 2011 at High-A Rancho Cucamonga where he earned a California League All-Star appearance, a post-season All-Star nod and was an MiLB.com Organizational All-Star. The numbers were astounding as he hit .313 with 29 home runs and 114 RBI in 131 games. In 534 at bats he scored 110 runs, mashed 48 doubles, had four triples, a .367 on base percentage and a whopping .581 slugging percentage. He finished first in the California League in total bases (310), extra base hits (81) and doubles, second in home runs and RBI, third in hits (167), slugging percentage, runs scored and home runs/at bat ratio (1/18.41), fifth in at bats and seventh in batting average. On May 25 he hit for the cycle, completing the feat with a triple in an 11-run ninth inning. He hit his second grand slam in as many years on September 3.
Songco missed more than half the year in 2012 after fracturing his leg and having a rod placed in the leg.
In 2013 Songco spent the season between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga. Between the two stops he hit .257 with 11 home runs and 65 RBI in 117 games. In 381 at bats he scored 45 runs, ripped 20 doubles, six triples, had a .341 on base percentage and a .491 slugging percentage.
This is the fourth Pointstreak American Association Award for the Saints this season. Designated hitter/first baseman Ian Gac was named the player of the week for the first week of the season, catcher Vinny DiFazio was selected for the week of June 15-21 and pitcher Kramer Sneed was named Pitcher of the Week for June 22-28. DiFazio was named Player of the Month for the month of June. It’s the first time since 2009 the Saints have had two hitters named Player of the week when Craig Brazell and Jason Cooper earned the honor.