Saints Sign 2011 MIAC Pitcher of the Year Ben HughesST. PAUL, MN June 7, 2014
SAINTS SIGN 2011 MIAC PITCHER OF THE YEAR BEN HUGHES
ST. PAUL, MN (June 7, 2014) – The St. Paul Saints didn’t need their bullpen on Friday night after Robert Coe tossed a complete game three-hit shutout. Prior to Friday’s game, however, the Saints did add an arm by signing St. Olaf standout Ben Hughes.
The 24-year-old right-handed Hughes spent the last three seasons in the Colorado Rockies organization and in 2013 spent the entire season at Single-A Asheville where he went 8-11 with a 5.89 ERA and two complete games in 25 starts. In 136.0 innings pitched he walked 51 and struck out 71 while opponents hit .316 against him.
Hughes was a 10th round pick by the Rockies in 2011 out of St. Olaf College and spent 2011 at Casper (Rookie, Pioneer League) and went 2-2 with a 6.50 ERA in 10 games (five starts) in 36.0 innings pitched.
In 2012 he pitched at Low-A Tri-City in the Northwest League and finished 15th in the league in ERA going 3-5 with a 4.40 ERA in 14 starts. In 71.2 innings he walked 25 while striking out 61 while opponents hit .272 against him.
Hughes was the 2011 MIAC Pitcher of the Year going 7-1 with a 2.50 ERA with three complete game and two shutouts in 10 appearances. In 57.2 innings pitched he walked just 19 and struck out 83. He fanned at least 10 in five of 10 appearances. In addition to the Pitcher of the Year award he was also named Rawlings First Team All-Midwest Region and was a D3baseball.com All-America honorable mention selection.
In order to make room for Hughes the Saints released right-handed reliever John Plefka. He was 0-0 with a 9.31 ERA.
The Saints currently have the league maximum 22 players on their roster, 11 pitchers and 11 position players.