Getting to CHS Field

Saints Ink Former Giants Prospect, Infielder Mitch Delfino

ST. PAUL, MN July 6, 2017

George Tsamis had an opportunity to look at Mitch Delfino in the pre-season when the St. Paul Saints played the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.  When the RedHaws recently released Delfino Tsamis pounced and signed the infielder to help strengthen his first place club.  The former San Francisco Giants prospect joined the team on Thursday as the Saints get set for a pivotal three-game series against those same RedHawks.


          The 26-year-old Delfino began the season with the RedHawks and hit .225 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 42 games.  In 160 at bats he scored 16 runs, smacked four doubles, had a .284 on base percentage and a .344 slugging percentage.  Delfino played 36 games at first and led the American Association in fielding percentage at .996, committed just one error in eight games while playing second and played two games at third.  In his career Delfino had played 459 games at third, 34 games at first and nine games at second.


          Delfino was a 20th round selection by the Giants out of the University of California at Berkeley in 2012.  He began his career in the Arizona League and played 12 games before being promoted to Low-A Salem-Keizer.  Between the two stops he hit .256 with 21 RBI.


          In 2013 Delfino had a solid season and was selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.  While at Single-A Augusta he hit a solid .270 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI in 122 games.  He showed good power with 25 doubles, two triples, a .324 on base percentage and a .413 slugging percentage.  Delfino hit safely in 11 straight towards the end of the season and hit home runs in back-to-back games and produced 10 RBI on April 26 & 27 at Lexington.  He hit a grand slam and had six RBI on April 26 and hit another grand slam on May 17.


          In 2014 Delfino was an Organizational All-Star for the Giants after spending the entire season at High-A San Jose.  He hit a career high .289 with 12 home runs and a career high 77 RBI in 124 games.  In 533 at bats he scored 78 runs, roped a career high 28 doubles, four triples, had a .333 on base percentage and a .424 slugging percentage.  His .950 fielding percentage at third base led the California League and he earned San Jose’s Defensive Player of the Year Award.  He led the league in most games at third base (126), total chances (358), putouts (101), assists (239) and double plays (31), fourth in lowest total plate appearances/strikeout (7.42) and at bats (533) and fifth in hits (154).  Delfino produced another 11-game hitting streak from July 10-26, the last six of which were multi-hit games.  He hit two home runs and had four RBI on August 9 at Lancaster.


          His incredible 2014 season got him promoted to Double-A Richmond in 2015 where he hit a respectable .256 with three homers and 42 RBI in 124 games.  He once again shined defensively leading the league in fielding percentage among third baseman at .944.  He finished first in total chances (375), assists (274) and double plays (28).


          In 2016 Delfino began the season at Triple-A Sacramento and hit .242 with three home runs and 23 RBI in 58 games.  He battled injury and also played 22 games at High-A San Jose.