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Getting to CHS Field

Saints Getting Band Back Together, Sign 2015, 14-Game Winner Dustin Crenshaw

ST. PAUL, MN June 9, 2017

He was one-fifth of the best starting rotation in St. Paul Saints history in 2015.  He used that success to pitch in Mexico and China the last two seasons.  And now he will bolster a rotation that has gotten stronger over the last week.  Former 14-game winner Dustin Crenshaw was signed on Friday and will start tonight night against the Kansas City T-Bones at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.


          The 28-year-old Crenshaw was pitching for Vaqueros de la Laguna the last two seasons.  This season he was 6-3 with a 4.38 ERA with a complete game shutout in 12 starts.  In 72.0 innings pitched he walked just 11 and struck out 44 while opponents hit .274 against him.  His complete game shutout was a five-hitter on April 28 vs. Generales de Durango.  He received a win in five straight starts from April 5-28 and a win in six straight decisions from April 5-May 16.  Crenshaw allowed two earned runs or less in seven of 12 starts and went at least 6.0 innings in eight of 12 starts.


          Crenshaw was dominant in his first season in Mexico with Laguna in 2016 going 8-2 with a 2.20 ERA in 12 starts.  In 69.2 innings pitched he walked just seven and struck out 51 while opponents hit .247 against him.  He allowed two earned runs or less in eight of 12 starts and never allowed more than four runs in any start.  He went at least 6.0 innings in six of 12 starts.  On June 14 he was signed by the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions of the Chinese Baseball League.


          In 2015 Crenshaw help make up a rotation that had four, 10-game winners, just the second time in American Association history that occurred (the Sioux City Explorers would become the third team also that season, but the Saints accomplished the feat first in 2015).  Crenshaw was 14-2 with a 2.43 ERA, five complete games and three shutouts in 20 starts.  In 137.0 innings pitched he walked only seven and struck out 61 while opponents hit .262 against him.  He finished first in the league in complete games and shutouts, tied for second in win percentage (.875), tied for third in wins, fourth in ERA and tied for fourth in innings pitched.  He allowed one run or less in eight of 20 starts and pitched at least 6.0 innings in 16 of 20 starts and 7.0 or more innings in 13 of 20 starts.  The season was historic on many fronts as Crenshaw etched his name in the Saints record book.  The three shutous are a franchise high and the five complete games tied a franchise high at the time (bested by Mark Hamburger’s seven in 2016).  The 14 wins are second most in franchise history bested only by Kramer Sneed’s 15 that same season.  The 137.0 innings pitched were fifth most at the time (now sixth most).  


          His remarkable control was on display when he went 78.0 innings between walks from the 1st inning on June 1 at Grand Prairie until the 5th inning on July 26 vs. Lincoln.  His most impressive start came on June 6 at CHS Field against the Sioux Falls Canaries when he tossed a complete game two-hitter and faced the minimum, 27 batters.  It was Crenshaw’s first 9.0 inning complete game shutout of his career.


          The Saints received Crenshaw in a trade following the 2014 season as a player to be named later in a trade that sent infielder Henry Wrigley to the Gary SouthShore Railcats prior to the trade deadline.  In 2014 Crenshaw 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 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 Quebec les Capitales of the Can-Am League and was 2-1 with a 4.43 ERA in three games and helped them win the Can-Am League Championship.  In 2013 he spent the entire season with les Capitales and was 9-7 with a 4.35 ERA and once again helped them with the title.


          In order to make room for Crenshaw the Saints released left-handed pitcher Corey Williams.  Williams was 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA. 


          The Saints roster stands at the league maximum 23, 12 pitchers and 11 position players.