Saints Add Experience All Over The Field With Signings And TradeST. PAUL, MN May 1, 2015
SAINTS ADD EXPERIENCE ALL OVER THE FIELD WITH SIGNINGS AND TRADE
ST. PAUL, MN (May 1, 2015) – With camp officially opening up on May 9 the St. Paul Saints are busy finalizing their roster for the inaugural season at CHS Field. That roster just got a lot more experience with the signing of right-handed pitcher Ryan Rodebaugh, left-handed pitcher Kramer Sneed and outfielder Shannon Wilkerson. The Saints also made a trade with the New Jersey Jackals and received shortstop Anthony Phillips.
The 26-year-old Rodebaugh was pitching for Round Rock in the Texas Rangers organization this season before being released on April 17. He allowed two runs in two outings while with the Express. Last season Rodebaugh spent the entire year at Double-A Frisco where he went 3-0 with a 5.73 ERA in 33 relief appearances. In 37.2 innings pitched he walked 18 and struck out 50 while opponents hit .304 against him. In his career Rodebaugh has better than a strikeout per inning pitched, fanning 288 in 241.2 innings, and an impressive 1.20 WHIP.
Rodebaugh was selected in the 15th round of the First Year Player Draft in 2010 out of Kennesaw State University by the Rangers. He impressed from the moment he stepped on the mound at Low-A Spokane that season, not allowing a run in his first 10.0 innings.
The 2010 success earned him a spot at Single-A Hickory to begin the 2011 season where he put up eye-popping numbers going 1-2 with a 0.41 ERA and 14 saves in 28 games. In 43.2 innings pitched he walked 12 and struck out 54 while opponents hit a miniscule .169 against him. He was named the Rangers Reliever of the Month for April and his spectacular 0.87 WHIP helped earn him a promotion to High-A Myrtle Beach in July.
The 2012 season continued a run of success for Rodebaugh who spent the entire season at Frisco where he went 3-5 with a 2.44 ERA.
In 2013 Rodebaugh once again started the season in Frisco, but that’s not where he finished. He went 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA and was promoted to Round Rock on June 10 and closed the season strong allowing just two earned runs over his final 19.0 innings of work. He was 1-1 with a 3.34 ERA in 22 relief appearances.
The 26-year-old Sneed was with the Angels organization this season and pitched in one game at Double-A Arkansas tossing 4.0 shutout innings of relief before being released. Last season he spent the entire year at Double-A Arkansas and went 8-11 with a 4.68 ERA in 28 games (26 starts). In 138.1 innings pitched he walked 66 and struck out 109 while opponents hit .255 against him.
Sneed was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the 32nd round of the First Year Player Draft out of Barton College in 2010. In his first two years he was promoted during the season, going from the Rookie Gulf Coast League to Short Season A in 2010 and from the Single-A South Atlantic League to the High-A Florida State League in 2011. In 2011 he struck out 51 in 39.2 innings pitched and had a solid WHIP of 1.25.
Just before the 2013 season Sneed was traded to the Angels organization along with OF Exicardo Cayones and cash for Vernon Wells. Sneed spent most of the time at High-A Inland Empire where he was a California League All-Star. He went 7-4 with a 4.09 ERA in 16 starts. In 81.1 innings pitched he walked just 23 and struck out 73.
The 26-year-old Wilkerson spent last season between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket in the Boston Red Sox organization. He hit .260 with two home runs and 49 RBI in 130 games. In 461 at bats he smacked 23 doubles, three triples, swiped 12 bases, had an on base percentage of .309 and a .345 slugging percentage. He led the Eastern League in fielding percentage among outfielders at .996.
Wilkerson was selected in the eighth round of the First Year Player Draft in 2008 by the Red Sox out of Augusta State University. He had his best power output in 2011 when he hit 10 home runs at High-A Salem.
In 2012 Wilkerson played 100 games at High-A Salem and 24 games at Double-A Portland and swiped 32 bases combined between the two stops. He also led the Carolina League in fielding percentage among outfielders at .996.
Wilkerson spent all of 2013 at Double-A and reached base safely in 27 straight games from August 1-30 while also stealing 23 bases.
The Saints acquired the 25-year-old Phillips in a trade with the New Jersey Jackals of the Can-Am League for a player to be named later. Phillips is an interesting story signing as a free agent when he was just 16-years-old out of South Africa by the Seattle Mariners. Last season he played for the Phillies organization and played at three different levels: Single-A Lakewood, High-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading. Between the three stops he hit .230 with two home runs and 24 RBI.
Phillip spent from 2007-2013 with the Mariners organization and one of his best seasons came in 2013 at High-A High Desert where he hit .259 with a career high nine homers and 43 RBI.
While playing primarily shortstop during his career, Phillips has led the league in fielding percentage on two separate occasions. In 2010 he led the Northwest League with a .979 fielding percentage and in 2012 he led the Midwest League with a .976 fielding percentage.
In a separate move the Saints traded outfielder Willie Cabrera to the York Revolution of the Atlantic League for a player to be named later.
The Saints have signed 19 players during the off-season, 10 position players and nine pitchers.
The Saints will open CHS Field on Thursday evening May 21 at 7:05 p.m. against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
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