Getting to CHS Field

Saints Get Big Bat, Sign Former American Association All-Star Burt Reynolds

ST. PAUL, MN June 27, 2018

The St. Paul Saints have been searching for a bat they could put in the heart of the lineup.  During the last two seasons the Saints watched from afar as Burt Reynolds tore up American Association pitching, including hitting two grand slams against them in one series last season.  On Wednesday the Saints signed the free agent outfielder to help bolster an already strong lineup.


          The 29-year old Reynolds was with the Sioux Falls Canaries this season and he hit .240 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 33 games.  In 125 at bats he ripped 10 doubles, had a .294 on base percentage, and a .416 slugging percentage. 


          Reynolds is coming off a solid season with the Canaries in 2017 where he hit .283 with 16 homers and 68 RBI in 96 games.  In 389 at bats he scored 61 runs, smoked 24 doubles, swiped 34 bases, had a .348 on base percentage and a .468 slugging percentage.  His season was highlighted by numerous moments, but none more impressive than his back-to-back five-hit games on August 6 vs. Texas and August 7 vs. Winnipeg.  Just three days later he hit a grand slam against the Saints at CHS Field, hit another home run the next day and then in the finale of the four-game series hit a second grand slam to go along with a career high six RBI.  Reynolds had a career high 11-game hitting streak from August 10-22.  He homered in back-to-back games three times and had two, two homer games. 


          In his first season in the American Association in 2016, Reynolds began the season with the Texas AirHogs before being traded to the Laredo Lemurs.  He finished tied for first in the league in home runs with 24.  Overall, he hit .249 with 24 home runs and 50 RBI in 90 games.  In 338 at bats he smacked 13 doubles, three triples, swiped 11 bases, had a .334 on base percentage, and .518 slugging percentage.  He homered in three straight games from May 25-28 and had two home runs on two separate occasions.  He was selected to the All-Star Game, held at CHS Field, and went 1-4 with a run scored for the South Division.


          Reynolds signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2008 and spent three seasons in their system.  His best season was the first one where he hit .289 with six home runs and 36 RBI with the Rookie Level Princeton Devil Rays.  In 232 at bats he scored 37 runs, roped 10 doubles, four triples, had a .344 on base percentage, and a .444 slugging percentage.


          In 2009 Reynolds played for Low-A Hudson Valley and hit .230 with a home run and nine RBI in 38 games.  In his final season with the Devil Rays, 2010, he split time between Hudson Valley and Single-A Bowling Green and hit .221 with three home runs 34 RBI in 68 games.


          After the Rays Reynolds signed as a free agent in the Can-Am League with the Newark Bears.  He spent two seasons with the Bears in 2011 and 2012 and hit .232 with 13 homers and 36 RBI in 71 games in 2011 and .246 with seven homers and 20 RBI in 53 games in 2012.


          Reynolds then moved to the Atlantic League in 2013 with the Camden Riversharks where he hit .247 with six homers and 14 RBI in 71 games.


          The Seattle Mariners signed him as a free agent at the end of 2014, where his cousin Robinson Cano played.  Reynolds began 2014 with the Clinton LumberKings in the Midwest League and hit .326 with four homers and 10 RBI in 14 games.  He homered in three straight games from April 27-May 1 and was promoted to High-A High Desert on May 10.  Reynolds had a solid season hitting .257 with 12 homers and 46 RBI in 78 games.  In 284 at bats he scored 37 runs, smacked 17 doubles, three triples, stole 12 bases, had a .322 on base percentage and a .465 slugging percentage.  He hit safely in 10 straight from June 23-July 5 and had two home runs on June 24.


          In 2015 Reynolds spent time at three different levels with the Mariners organization: High-A Bakersfield, Double-A Jackson, and Single-A Clinton.  Between the three stops he hit .227 with 11 homers and 46 RBI.


          The Saints also sold the contract of closer Tom Wilhelmsen to the Tijuana Toros in the Mexican League.  Wilhelmsen was 0-1 with a 2.89 ERA and seven saves in 18 games.  In 18.2 innings pitched he walked seven, struck out 14 and opponents hit .212 against him.


          The Saints roster stands at the league maximum 23, 10 pitchers and 13 position players.