Saints Add Pitching Protection With Trade For Shields, Can-Am League's Top Pitcher From 2013ST. PAUL, MN May 17, 2014
SAINTS ADD PITCHING PROTECTION WITH TRADE FOR SHIELDS, CAN-AM LEAGUES TOP PITCHER FROM 2013
ST. PAUL, MN (May 17, 2014) – The St. Paul Saints are saying merci beaucoup to the Trois Rivieres Aigles as the two teams made a trade that sent Jeff Shields, the 2013 Can-Am League ERA winner, to the Saints in exchange for cash and a player to be named later.
The 24-year-old right-hander was 9-9 with a 2.44 ERA in 20 starts with four complete games and a shutout last season for les Aigles. In 136.2 innings he walked 44 and struck out 68 while opponents hit a microscopic .227 against him. Following the season he was rated the fourth best prospect in Independent Baseball by Baseball America. Along with being tops in the league in ERA he finished tied for first in shutouts, second in wins, tied for second in complete games and games started and third in innings pitched. His complete game shutout came on June 29 against the New Jersey Jackals and he dominated them again on August 31 allowing one run on two hits in a complete game.
Shields was a seventh round selection by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the First-Year Player Draft in 2010 out of Chattahoochee Valley Community College. He began his career in the Pioneer League with Missoula that same season. After posting a 3.78 ERA, Shields was promoted to Single-A South Bend in 2011 where he started 23 games in 27 appearances and finished with a 4.63 ERA.
After beginning the 2012 season in South Bend Shields was promoted to High-A Visalia.
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