My Buddy and Me, Saints Sign Outfielder Sosnoskie and Pitcher BurnsideST. PAUL, MN February 13, 2014
MY BUDDY AND ME, SAINTS SIGN OUTFIELDER SOSNOSKIE AND PITCHER BURNSIDE
ST. PAUL, MN (February 13, 2014) – Young talent that an American Association team can immediately insert into the lineup is difficult to find. Quality pitching is a must for any team to put together a championship run. The Saints found both as they officially signed outfielder Buddy Sosnoskie and pitcher Paul Burnside, both of whom came over during a season ending trade from the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (American Association). The Saints sent outfielder Jose Hernandez to the RedHawks, during their playoff run at the end of the 2013 season, in exchange for the reversionary rights to C/OF Alex Burg and two players to be named later that turned out to be Sosnoskie and Burnside.
The 24-year-old Sosnoskie has played his two professional seasons with the RedHawks and last season hit .246 with eight homers and 37 RBI in 90 games. In 326 at bats he slugged six doubles, five triples, had a .289 on base percentage and slugged .368. He also stole 12 bases in 14 attempts and committed just two errors (.987) while seeing time at every outfield position. His most memorable hit of the season came on July 25 against the Saints at Newman Outdoor Field. Sosnoskie hit a two-run walk-off homer off of Mark Hamburger that also gave the RedHawks their 1,000th win in franchise history.
In his rookie season Sosnoskie proved he would be a force in the American Association. He hit .339 with two homers and 31 RBI in 53 games. In 192 at bats he had a whopping 18 doubles, two triples, a .357 on base percentage and a solid .484 slugging percentage. He stole nine bases in 11 attempts and once again committed just two errors (.973) while seeing time at all three outfield positions. Following the season Sosnoskie was named the seventh best prospect in Independent Baseball by Baseball America Magazine.
Sosnoskie began his college career at Virginia Tech University and was a 25th round selection by the Kansas City Royals in the 2010 June Amateur Draft, but elected not to sign. He then transferred to Francis Marion (SC) University where he was Baseball America’s pre-season pick as NCAA Division II Player of the Year.
Following his first season with the RedHawks the Baltimore Orioles purchased his contract and he went to spring training with the organization prior to the 2013 season.
The 27-year-old right-handed Burnside was 6-5 with a 5.65 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) last season. In 73.1 innings pitched he walked 42 and struck out 55 while opponents hit .302 against him.
It was Burnside’s first season with the RedHawks in 2012, however, that caught the Saints attention. He was the top starter on the club going 9-6 with a 3.20 ERA and one complete game in 20 games (18 starts). In 115.1 innings he walked 62 and struck out 91 while opponents hit a paltry .239 against him. He finished fourth in the American Association in ERA. Similar to Sosnoskie, Burnside’s best performance came against the Saints when he tossed his lone complete game on August 1 allowing one earned run on seven hits while walking two and striking out seven in St. Paul. He hurled at least 5.0 innings in 15 of 18 starts and at least 6.0 innings in 13 of 18 starts. Burnside had more strikeouts than innings pitched in six of 20 appearances including 11 on June 2 at Sioux City.
“Both Buddy and Paul have had success in this league,” said Saints manager George Tsamis. “We are happy to have both and look for them to be big contributors
and have solid seasons for us.”
A 39th round draft pick in the 2009 June Amateur Draft by the Chicago White Sox out of Auburn University, Burnside spent three plus seasons in the organization reaching High-A Winston-Salem in 2012 before being released and joining the RedHawks. After two solid seasons in the Pioneer League in 2009-10, he was magnificent in 2011 at Single-A Kannapolis. He went 8-4 with a 3.22 ERA with a complete game shutout and one save. In 92.1 innings pitched he walked 31 and struck out 77 while opponents hit .224 against him.
The Saints have signed nine players during the off-season, six pitchers and three position players. The Saints 2014 season begins on May 15 with a 7:05 p.m. game against the defending American Association Champion Gary SouthShore Railcats. Group and specialty seats are currently on sale and single game tickets will go on sale in March. For more information contact the Saints at 651-644-6659 or visit saintsbaseball.com.