Saints Feeling Anything But Blue After Signing Dodger Farmhand Joey BeckerST. PAUL, MN April 9, 2013
ST. PAUL, MN (April 9, 2013) – The St. Paul Saints have solidified the middle of their infield over the span of two days. One day after signing former Hamline University middle infielder Dan Kaczrowski the Saints signed a double play partner in Joey Becker.
The 27-year-old Becker spent last season at three separate stops in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, something he has been known for during his six-year career. Becker began the season at Triple-A Albuquerque, where he spent nearly two weeks. He was then assigned to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, where he played in four games before he was promoted back to Albuquerque. On August 4 he was assigned to Double-A Chattanooga and finished the season there. Between the three stops he hit .234 with a home run and 18 RBI in 74 games. In 171 at bats he scored 23 runs, had five doubles, one triple, a .318 on base percentage and a .292 slugging percentage.
During his six seasons in the Dodgers organization he never stayed at one level for the entire season including playing at three levels three different times and once, in 2009, playing at four separate levels.
In 2007 he was selected to the Gulf Coast League Post-Season All-Star Team after he hit .284 with a home run and 20 RBI in 51 games. He finished fourth in the league in runs scored, with 39, and was the best fielding shortstop in the GCL with a .968 fielding percentage. He also helped turn a triple play a feat he would duplicate again in 2010 with Single-A Great Lakes. He finished the season first in the league in most double plays (31), most assists (141) and games at shortstop (51).
After struggling offensively in 2008, he put it all together over the next three seasons hitting .299 in 2009, .314 in 2010 and .300 in 2011, including a .310 average at Albuquerque in 70 games.
Becker was a non-drafted free agent signee by the Dodgers in 2007 out of Antelope Valley College in Lancaster California.
During the off-season the Saints have signed 15 players, nine pitchers and six position players. The Saints 2013 season begins on Thursday, May 16 with a 7:05 p.m. home game against the New Jersey Jackals.