Saints Armed and Dangerous With Signing of Two PitchersST. PAUL, MN February 17, 2015
SAINTS ARMED AND DANGEROUS WITH SIGNING OF TWO PITCHERS
ST. PAUL, MN (February 17, 2015) – At the end of the month the St. Paul Saints will pack up their belongings, put them in moving trucks and start heading towards their new home, CHS Field. Hopefully, there is room on the truck for two pitchers, as the Saints re-signed right-hander Drew Gay and officially signed right-handed All-Star Dustin Crenshaw, whom they received in a season ending trade with the Gary SouthShore Railcats.
The 27-year-old Gay was one of the more versatile pitchers on the team last season, splitting time as a starter and reliever. He was 5-2 with a 3.54 ERA in 22 games (nine starts). In 86.1 innings pitched he walked 35 while striking out 42 and opponents hit .292 against him.
Gay began the season out of the bullpen and did not allow a run in six of nine relief appearances. Thrust into the starting role in early July, Gay allowed just four earned runs in 17.1 innings pitched before heading back to the pen. He didn’t allow a run in 8.0 innings pitched over three relief appearances before hurling an impressive 7.0 inning relief appearance on July 31, allowing three runs, against the Wichita Wingnuts. That solidified his role in the starting rotation over the final month of the season. Gay picked up where he left off after the dominating relief appearance, tossing 7.1 shutout innings, allowing three hits on August 5 at Kansas City, which completed a stretch of five appearances where he allowed just three runs over 22.1 innings pitched.
Gay, who is still considered a rookie, was originally signed by the Saints on July 7, 2013 and was 1-2 with a 7.27 ERA in 17.1 innings pitched during that season. The Saints signed him after he completed his college career at Aurora (IL) University, a Division III School in the North Atlantic Conference.
The 26-year-old Crenshaw was a starting pitcher for the Railcats last season and went 9-8 with a 3.16 ERA in 22 starts with two complete games and a shutout. In 148.0 innings pitched he walked just 22 and struck out 76 while opponents hit .254 against him. In his 22 starts he threw on three days’ rest eight different times. Crenshaw finished first in the league in innings pitched, fourth in ERA and games started. He was selected to the 2014 American Association All-Star game. Crenshaw tossed a complete game, one-hit shutout in game one of a doubleheader (seven innings) on June 4 at Sioux City, which helped him earn the Pitcher of the Week award.
Crenshaw, along with outfielder Josh Romanski, came over in a trade, following the season, to complete an earlier trade that sent infielder Henry Wrigley to the Railcats as they battled for a Central Division title, ultimately losing out to the Lincoln Saltdogs.
Crenshaw has pitched three seasons in professional baseball and has won two championships, both with the Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am League. He began his career in 2012 with Sonoma County in the North American Baseball League and was stellar going 5-4 with a 2.17 ERA with three complete games and a shutout in 15 games (14 starts). He finished third in the league in ERA and complete games. After the season he was signed as a free agent by the Capitales and was 2-1 with a 4.43 ERA in three games. In 2013 he was 9-7 with a 4.35 ERA with the Capitales.
The Saints have signed six players during the off-season, four position players and two pitchers.
The Saints will open CHS Field on Thursday evening May 21 at 7:05 p.m. against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.