Getting to CHS Field

One Heck Of A Signing, Saints Ink Benilde-St. Margaret, UMD Standout, Outfielder Jimmy Heck

ST. PAUL, MN May 18, 2018

The 2018 season gets underway tonight for the St. Paul Saints in Gary, IN against the Railcats, but before the Saints throw their first pitch they have added one more piece to their roster.  Outfielder Jimmy Heck, who played last season for the travelling team in the American Association, the Salina Stockade, will finally have a place he can call home for the season.

 

          The 24-year-old Heck spent all of last season with the Stockade, a team that was assigned to the American Association just days before the season to take the place of the Laredo Lemurs.  Heck and his teammates played every game on the road and he had a solid season hitting .258 with a home run and 24 RBI in 89 games.  In 310 at bats he scored 36 runs, had 12 doubles, four triples, was a perfect 10-10 in stolen bases, a .329 on base percentage, and a .332 slugging percentage.

 

          Heck signed his first professional contract in 2016 with the Tucson Saguaros of the Pecos League and dominated in his brief time with them.  In 18 games he hit .426 with four home runs and 24 RBI.  In 68 at bats he scored 21 runs, ripped seven doubles, two triples, a ridiculous .518 on base percentage, .765 slugging percentage, for a remarkable 1.283 OPS.  He helped guide the Saguaros to the Pecos League Championship by hitting .364 with a home run and four RBI.  After winning the title he was signed by the Joliet Slammers in the Frontier League and hit .313 with an RBI in seven games.

 

          At the University of Minnesota-Duluth Heck had an incredible career.  During his senior season he hit .424 with 17 homers and 78 RBI in 54 games.  He tied a UMD single-game record (set by teammate Alex Wojcieechowski six days prior) hitting three home runs in a game on April 4, against Winona State.  He was chosen as an All-American following the season.

 

          His 2015 season was just as impressive being named All-Region First Team by ABCA/Rawlings, CoSIDA/Daktronics, and Collegiate Baseball Writers, All-NSIC First-Team, and All-NSIC Gold Glove.

 

          Heck graduated from Benilde-St. Margaret where he was named All-North Suburban Conference as a junior and senior.  He also played basketball.

 

          The Saints roster stands at 22, one shy of the league maximum, 11 pitchers and 11 position players.

 

Saints tickets continue to be a tremendous value.  Tickets begin at $5 for the Treasure Island berm seating (available only on day of game in person at the box office), $6 for SPLASH Zone bleacher seats, $14 for outfield reserved, $16 for the drink rail and $18 for infield reserved and home plate reserved.  Friday Home Games with Post-Game Fireworks are an additional $2 per ticket.  Post-Game Fireworks Supershows (May 27, July 2 and September 2) are an additional $3 per ticket.  Tickets purchased on the day of the game are an additional $2 per ticket.  Children under the age of 12 and seniors 65 and older receive $1 off the admission price.  Children under 2 that don't require a seat are free. 

 

The Saints Box Office hours on non-game days are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  On game days, the Box Office will open at 9 a.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and 12:00 p.m. on Sunday and will remain open until 15 minutes following each game.  Tickets are always available at saintsbaseball.com.

 

The Saints open the 2018 season on the road against the Gary SouthShore Railcats on Friday, May 18.  The home opener is on Monday, May 21 with a 3:05p.m.