Saints Not Going Out Like A Lamb, Sign Hurler R.J. SeidelST. PAUL, MN March 31, 2014
SAINTS NOT GOING OUT LIKE A LAMB, SIGN HURLER R.J. SEIDEL
ST. PAUL, MN (March 31, 2014) – After finishing 10th out of 13 teams in the American Association in ERA last season, manager George Tsamis is determined to make sure that doesn’t happen again. With an already deep and established staff, the Saints signed another proven commodity inking former 16th round pick by the Milwaukee Brewers, right-hander R.J. Seidel.
The 26-year-old La Crosse Central High graduate has spent his entire seven year career in the Brewers organization and last season split time between Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville. Between the two stops he went 3-4 with a 4.67 ERA in 26 games (14 starts all at Nashville). In 88.2 innings pitched he walked 35 and struck out 94 while opponents hit .262 against him.
Seidel was chosen by the Brewers in the 16th round of the First-Year Player Draft out of La Crosse Central High School in 2007 and was assigned to Helena of the Pioneer League. He was a perfect 4-0 with a 3.07 ERA in 12 games (eight starts) while opponents hit just .207 against him. He earned the Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending July 2.
In 2008, Seidel pitched a career high 121.2 innings while at Single-A West Virginia in the South Atlantic League and compiled a 9-5 record with a 4.51 ERA. He earned South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending August 25.
After an injury plagued 2009, in which he spent time in the Arizona League and Midwest league, Seidel rebounded in 2010 in the Florida State League with Brevard County. He was 4-2 with a 3.70 ERA in 22 games (14 starts).
In 2011 he spent most of the season in the Florida State League before pitching nine games at Huntsville and was used mostly as a reliever. He put up impressive numbers in 2012 while spending the entire season with Huntsville going 3-2 with a 3.34 ERA and one save in 39 games (four starts). He held opponents to a .245 average.
Seidel was a star at La Crosse Central High and went 8-2 with a 0.99 ERA and 90 strikeouts during his senior season. His father, Dick Seidel, played in the New York Yankees system and was a 29th round draft pick in the 1982 June Amateur Draft.
The Saints have signed 18 players during the off-season, 12 pitchers and six position players. The Saints 2014 season begins on May 15 with a 7:05 p.m. game against the defending American Association Champion Gary SouthShore Railcats.