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Getting to CHS Field

Saints Add Arm For Stretch Run, Former Dodger Farmhand Ivan Vieitez

ST. PAUL, MN August 15, 2017

With less than three weeks left in the regular season and the St. Paul Saints chasing a playoff berth, pitching becomes that much more important.  They signed right-hander Ivan Vieitez, who was pitching at Double-A Tulsa in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization this season.

 

          The 24-year-old Vieitez began this season at Tulsa and was 1-3 with a 4.97 ERA in 11 games (eight starts).  In 28.0 innings he walked 19 and struck out 21 while opponents hit .295 against him.  On June 1 he was assigned to High-A Rancho Cucamonga where he pitched in four games and was 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA.  In 8.1 innings pitched he walked two and struck out seven while opponents hit .138 against him.  He was released by the Dodgers on July 21.

 

          Vieitez was a 27th round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2015 out of Lenoir-Rhyme University, a Division II school in Hickory, NC, and became just the fourth draft pick in that school’s history.  He began his professional career that season at Low-A Ogden and went 1-4 with a 6.10 ERA in 17 games (11 starts).  In 51.2 innings pitched he walked 28 and struck out 37 while opponents hit .328 against him.  The highlight of his season was back-to-back 5.0 inning shutout starts on August 7 at Billings and August 12 at Helena. 

 

          In 2016 Vieitez pitched solely out of the bullpen and had a solid year going 4-4 with a 3.86 ERA and three saves in 28 games.  In 56.0 innings pitched he walked 12 and struck out 43 while opponents hit .252 against him.  He went 8.2 innings without giving up a run from June 2-16 and didn’t give up an earned run in 15 appearances.

 

          At Lenoir-Rhyne Vieitez was a two-way player and earned Third-Team Division II All-American honors as a junior.  In four years at Lenoir-Rhyne he hit .344 with 21 home runs, 147 RBI and a school record 16 triples.  On the mound he was 15-14 with a 4.54 ERA.

 

          During his junior season he ranked third in the nation in hitting (.451), with four home runs and 38 RBI.  On the mound he finished 5-5 with a 2.95 ERA, the lowest ERA in the school’s history since 1996.

 

          In order to make room for Vieitez the Saints placed outfielder Tim Colwell on the disabled list, retroactive to August 13

 

          The Saints roster stands at 22, one shy of the league maximum, with 10 pitchers and 12 position players.