No Ivy With This Signing, Saints Grab Power Hitter WrigleyST. PAUL, MN April 22, 2014
NO IVY WITH THIS SIGNING, SAINTS GRAB POWER HITTER WRIGLEY
ST. PAUL, MN (April 22, 2014) – Good things come to those who wait. The St. Paul Saints stockpiled their pitching staff early on during the off-season. It hasn’t been until the last few weeks that the offense has taken shape, but the team continues to add pop signing first baseman Henry Wrigley.
The 27-year-old Wrigley was injured most of last season and played in only 31 games at Double-A Tulsa with the Colorado Rockies organization. During his 2012 season, however, he produced solid numbers at Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham. Between the two stops he hit .282 with 20 homers and 79 RBI in 126 games played. In 476 at bats he slugged 37 doubles, one triple, had a .331 on base percentage and a .489 slugging percentage.
Wrigley was a 14th round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2005 out of San Mateo (CA) Community College. He began his Rays career in 2006 at the Rookie Level in Princeton and hit .250 with five homers and 26 RBI in 54 games. The power numbers steadily increased over the years.
In 2008 at Single-A Columbus Wrigley once again hit .250 with seven homers and 60 RBI in 113 games. He led the South Atlantic League with an impressive 10 triples.
The accolades started pouring in for Wrigley in 2010 when he was selected to the Florida State League All-Star Game. In a league known for pitching, Wrigley hit .292 with 12 homers and 46 RBI in just 68 games. During that time he set a Charlotte Stone Crabs record by going 5-5 in a game on May 20. He also reached base safely in 22 consecutive games from April 8 – May 1 and had the fifth longest home hitting streak in the league, hitting in 13 consecutive home games. After his promotion to Double-A Montgomery, Wrigley hit another nine home runs and drove in 37 in 62 games. The 21 long balls are a career high and his 83 total RBI were his most up to that point in his career.
Wrigley spent the entire 2011 season at Double-A and hit a solid .274 with 17 homers and a career high 84 RBI in 118 games. He slugged 34 doubles, two triples, had an on base percentage of .309 with a .464 slugging percentage. Among his accomplishments that season were two grand slams, on June 28 and August 24.
The Saints have signed 24 players during the off-season, 12 pitchers and 11 position players. The Saints have a total of 25 players on the roster and can carry 28 players into camp. They must be down to 23 players by Opening Day and then to the league maximum 22, 10 days after the season begins. The Saints 2014 season begins on May 15 with a 7:05 p.m. game against the defending American Association Champion Gary SouthShore Railcats.