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Getting to CHS Field

Saints Sign Concordia-St. Paul Catcher Connor Olson

ST. PAUL, MN June 16, 2018

The St. Paul Saints lost starting catcher Justin O’Conner for an undetermined amount of time after he dislocated his thumb on Friday night.  They didn’t have to turn far to sign someone to step in for him as they inked their bullpen catcher, and Concordia-St. Paul backstop, Connor Olson.

 

          The 21-year-old Olson played all four years with Concordia-St. Paul and this year he hit .268 with six home runs and 23 RBI in 42 games.  In 153 at bats he scored 23 runs, had seven doubles, a .352 on base percentage, and .431 slugging percentage.  He threw out 16 of 49 base stealers (32.7%) and committed just one error.  Olson hit safely in his first 13 games of the season and hit safely in 29 of 42 games including 10 multi-hit games.  Olson slugged two home runs and had four RBI in the first game of a doubleheader on March 18 vs. Minnesota-Crookston.  He also homered in back-to-back games on May 5 at Sioux Falls and May 9 vs. Minnesota State.

 

          As a junior Olson hit .289 with three homers and 29 RBI in 49 games.  In 190 at bats he scored 34 runs, ripped nine doubles, one triple, had a .358 on base percentage, and a .395 slugging percentage.  He spent most of the season as a designated hitter, playing 48 of the 49 games he appeared in as a DH.  Olson finished second on the team with 15 multi-hit games and reached base safely in a team best 26 consecutive games from March 26-April 29.  He hit safely in 11 straight from April 1-11.  His biggest moment of the season was a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning of the second game of a doubleheader against Southwest Minnesota State on March 19.

 

          In his sophomore season Olson earned a few accolades being named a NCBWA All-Central Region Honorable Mention, All-NSIC First Team Catcher, and NSIC All-Tournament Team.  He hit a whopping .368 with 15 home runs and 45 RBI in 45 games.  In 171 at bats he scored 48 runs, slugged 21 doubles, had a .434 on base percentage, and a .754 slugging percentage.  He finished sixth in the NSIC in home runs, set the single-season school record for doubles and his 15 home runs were third most in a single-season in program history.  He also finished fourth in school history for a single-season in total bases (129), ninth in slugging percentage, and hits (63).  He threw out six of 23 base stealers (26.1%) and committed just two errors.

 

          In his first season with the Bears, Olson hit .353 with two home runs and 32 RBI in 43 games (42 starts).  In 156 at bats he scored 24 runs, clubbed 11 doubles, had a .404 on base percentage, and a .462 slugging percentage.  He was a designated hitter 33 times and caught in nine games.  He finished second on the team in slugging percentage, third in average and fourth in on base percentage.  Olson had a team high 14-game hitting streak from April 17-May 6 and hit safely in 36 of 43 games.

 

          Olson graduated from West Lutheran High School and played four years of baseball and football.  As a senior in baseball he earned All-Conference and All-Section 4A hitting .518 with a .614 on base percentage, and .750 slugging percentage for a ridiculous 1.364 OPS.

 

          The Saints roster now stands at 22, one shy of the league maximum of 23.