Saints Receive Bounty From American Association/Can-Am Teams As Four Different Trades Are CompletedST. PAUL, MN September 18, 2014
SAINTS RECEIVE BOUNTY FROM AMERICAN ASSOCIATION/CAN-AM TEAMS AS FOUR DIFFERENT TRADES ARE COMPLETED
ST. PAUL, MN (September 18, 2014) – The St. Paul Saints giveth during the season and now they shall taketh away. After sending four different players to playoff contending teams the Saints are now receiving the players that will make up part of the 2015 team at CHS Field and there is still more to come. The Saints have received outfielder Carlo Testa from the American Association Champion Wichita Wingnuts. Pitcher Dustin Crenshaw and outfielder Josh Romanski join the team from the Gary SouthShore Railcats in the trade that sent infielder Henry Wrigley to the Central Division runner-up. The Saints get outfielder Chad Mozingo from the American Association runner-up Lincoln Saltdogs after sending reliever McKenzie King to the Saltdogs. Finally, the Saints received outfielder Alonzo Harris from the Can-Am League runner-up New Jersey Jackals in which they received starting pitcher Jeff Shields.
The 27-year-old Testa helped the Wingnuts to the best record in the American Association and, eventually, to the American Association title. He hit .338 with 10 home runs and 58 RBI while playing in all 100 games. In 397 at bats he scored 79 runs, slugged 25 doubles, nine triples, stole 24 bases, with a .398 on base percentage and .521 slugging percentage. He was selected to the 2014 American Association All-Star Game. He finished second in the league in triples, fourth in runs scored, tied for fourth in total bases (207) and fifth in hits (134). His nine triples were as many as the Saints put up this season as a team, which were the fewest in the American Association.
“Testa had an excellent season and was a big part of Wichita winning the Championship,” said Saints manager George Tsamis. “He can run and proved to be one of the better hitters in the league.”
Testa was an 18th round selection in the June First-Year Player Draft by the Kansas City Royals out of Belmont University in 2008. He reached as high as Double-A and played a full season in Northwest Arkansas in 2012 where he set career highs in home runs with 15 and RBI with 54. Testa has averaged nearly 20 stolen bases a season during his seven years in baseball, an area the Saints finished dead last in with just 39. In 2013 he began at Double-A Northwest Arkansas before being released after 13 games and signing with the Traverse City Beach Bums of the Frontier League and hit .275 with seven home runs, 42 RBI and a career high 31 stolen bases.
The 26-year-old Crenshaw was a starting pitcher for the Railcats this season and 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 was one of the top starters in our league,” said Tsamis. “He was tough and throws a lot of strikes.”
Crenshaw has pitched three seasons in professional baseball and has won two championships, both with the Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am League. He 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 Capitales and was 2-1 with a 4.43 ERA in three games. Last season he was 9-7 with a 4.35 ERA with the Capitales.
While the 27-year-old outfielder Romanski was considered a rookie in the American Association this season, it wasn’t his first year of professional baseball, just his first full season as an outfielder. All he did was hit .311 with seven home runs and 60 RBI in 96 games. In 366 at bats he scored 56 runs, had 17 doubles, four triples, 11 stolen bases, a .364 on base percentage and a .437 slugging percentage.
“Romanski was solid in his first year as an outfielder after being a pitcher in previous years,” said Tsamis. “We think he will fit right in with us in being a very productive player.”
Romanski was originally selected in the 15th round of the June First-Year Player Draft by the San Diego Padres out of Norco (CA) High School in 2005. He elected to enroll at the University of San Diego which paid off as the Milwaukee Brewers selected him in the fourth round of the 2008 draft. After having Tommy John surgery after playing in just four games as a designated hitter, he returned in 2010 as a full-time pitcher when the New York Yankees signed him as a free agent. He reached Triple-A in 2013, pitching in one game for Scranton/Wilkes Barre. His best season was in 2011 when he went 7-6 with a 2.97 ERA in 30 games (18 starts) between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. He struck out a career high 10 on June 20 while with the Tampa Yankees against the Clearwater Threshers.
The 26-year-old Mozingo had a solid season patrolling the outfield for the Saltdogs in 2014. He hit .283 with six home runs and 34 RBI in 75 games. In 286 at bats he scored 42 runs, had nine doubles, three triples, stole 21 bases, with a .380 on base percentage and .399 slugging percentage. Mozingo finished tied for fourth in the league in stolen base percentage (.875).
“Mozingo was a solid leadoff hitter for Lincoln,” said Tsamis. “He gets on base and can run. We are excited to have him.”
Mozingo was a 20th round selection in the June First-Year Amateur Draft by the Washington Nationals out of Rice University in 2010. He spent all of 2010 at Low-A Vermont of the New York-Penn League and began 2011 at the Gulf Coast League, playing in just 20 games due to injury and was released following the season. He found new life with the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League in 2012. Mozingo set career highs in average, .313, homers, 11, and RBI, 54. He was selected to the mid-season and post-season All-Star teams. He finished second in the Frontier League in triples (7), fourth in batting average, sixth in runs scored (69) and slugging percentage (.530).
The 25-year-old Harris reached the Championship Series in the Can-Am with the Jackals this season after beginning the year in the Miami Marlins organization. He hit .290 with seven home runs and 52 RBI in 89 games for the Jackals. In 355 at bats he scored 54 runs, had 15 doubles, seven triples, 34 stolen bases, a .345 on base percentage and a .431 slugging percentage. Harris finished second in the league in triples & stolen bases, tied for third in sacrifice hits (9), fifth in stolen base percentage (.810) & ninth in batting average. He stole a base in an astounding nine straight games from August 10-18 and was named the Can-Am League Player of the Week for the week ending August 19.
“Alonzo Harris can fly,” said Tsamis. “He is an exciting player that brings a lot to the table. We are expecting big things from him and he plays a solid CF.”
Harris was a 39th round selection in the June First-Year Player Draft by the New York Mets out of McComb (MS) High School in 2007. He played from 2008-13 in the Mets organization and played the entire 2013 season at Double-A Binghamton. He has swiped at least 15 bases since 2009, including a career high 40 in 2012 at High-A St. Lucie. He’s averaged over 22 steals during seven professional seasons.
“We feel we have acquired some quality players in these trades,” said Tsamis. “We were light on speed this year and we like what we have brought back in these deals. We feel we will be a faster team with several guys that can run and in adding these players we really think we have some quality pieces to making this a solid team for 2015.”