Saints Add More Pop By Re-Signing 2014 Team Home Run Leader SongcoST. PAUL, MN December 19, 2014
SAINTS ADD MORE POP BY RE-SIGNING 2014 TEAM HOME RUN LEADER SONGCO
ST. PAUL, MN (December 19, 2014) – Power from the right and now power from the left. After the biggest free agent signing coup during this off-season the Saints didn’t go far to find a complement to right-hand power hitting Ian Gac as they re-signed the left-hand hitting Angelo Songco.
In 2014 the 26-year-old Songco hit .269 with 16 homers and 66 RBI in 97 games. In 375 at bats he scored 58 runs, had 25 doubles, a .312 on base percentage and a .450 slugging percentage. The 16 home runs led the team and his 66 RBI were second most on the club. His 97 games played were tied for the third most in a single-season in franchise history.
Songco’s season with the Saints was highlighted by a number of great moments the first of which occurred on July 11 when his walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning helped defeat the Kansas City T-Bones. Songco was part of Saints history becoming one part of the only duo to hit a grand slam in back-to-back games. Songco hit his on June 25 at Fargo-Moorhead. The very next day Henry Wrigley did the same. Songco recorded a season high nine game hitting streak from July 9-17 and wrapped up the end of the season with a two home run game on August 31 at Kansas City.
Songco was a fourth round pick of the Dodgers out of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 2009. He progressed through the Dodgers organization and turned heads at nearly every level. At his first professional stop in the Rookie League at Ogden he hit .306 with nine homers and 29 RBI in just 36 games before being promoted to Single-A Great Lakes.
The following season, in 2010, the accolades started pouring in for Songco who was selected as a Midwest League All-Star. In a full season with Great Lakes he hit .274 with 15 homers and 74 RBI in 135 games. Among his 15 home runs was a grand slam on May 26.
The big breakout season for Songco came in 2011 at High-A Rancho Cucamonga where he earned a California League All-Star appearance, a post-season All-Star nod and was an MiLB.com Organizational All-Star. The numbers were astounding as he hit .313 with 29 home runs and 114 RBI in 131 games. In 534 at bats he scored 110 runs, mashed 48 doubles, had four triples, a .367 on base percentage and a whopping .581 slugging percentage. He finished first in the California League in total bases (310), extra base hits (81) and doubles, second in home runs and RBI, third in hits (167), slugging percentage, runs scored and home runs/at bat ratio (1/18.41), fifth in at bats and seventh in batting average. On May 25 he hit for the cycle, completing the feat with a triple in an 11-run ninth inning. He hit his second grand slam in as many years on September 3.
Songco missed more than half the year in 2012 after fracturing his leg and having a rod placed in the leg.
In 2013 Songco spent the season between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga. Between the two stops he hit .257 with 11 home runs and 65 RBI in 117 games. In 381 at bats he scored 45 runs, ripped 20 doubles, six triples, had a .341 on base percentage and a .491 slugging percentage.
The Saints will open CHS Field on Thursday evening May 21 at 7:05 p.m. against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.