Saints Sign Former 33rd Overall Pick And Gopher Mike KvasnickaST. PAUL, MN April 2, 2015
SAINTS SIGN FORMER 33RD OVERALL PICK AND GOPHER MIKE KVASNICKA
ST. PAUL, MN (April 2, 2015) – There isn’t a draft in the American Association, but anytime you can land a player who was selected 33rd overall, especially when he is local, you jump all over it. The St. Paul Saints did exactly that by signing former Lakeville North High and University of Minnesota standout, outfielder Mike Kvasnicka.
The 26-year-old rookie spent the last two seasons with the Minnesota Twins organization and had a solid season at Double-A New Britain in 2014. He hit .257 with 10 home runs and 55 RBI in 112 games. In 370 at bats he scored 35 runs, smacked 23 doubles, had a .303 on base percentage and a .400 slugging percentage.
Kvasnicka was originally selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 31st round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft out of Lakeville North High, but elected not to sign. Instead he opted to play baseball at the University of Minnesota where he shined and was selected as a first round compensatory pick by the Houston Astros in 2010. He became the highest drafted Gopher since Glen Perkins was taken 22nd overall by the Twins in 2004.
In his second season with the Astros he was selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. He finished 2011 hitting .260 with four home runs and a career high 59 RBI in 128 games at Single-A Lexington. His season was highlighted by reaching base safely in 21 consecutive games from April 21-May 14 and a 14-game road hitting streak from July 20-August 16.
The following season at Lexington he hit a career high 15 home runs and drove in 53 in 88 games. He was selected the South Atlantic League Hitter of the Week for the week of July 16-23. In March of 2013 Kvasnicka was traded to the Twins in exchange for pitcher Gonzalo Sanudo.
In 2013 Kvasnicka hit a career high .282 with nine homers and 40 RBI in 69 games at High-A Fort Myers. He was named the Florida State League hitter of the week for the week of July 1-8.
The Saints did lose one player from their roster as infielder Ian Gac signed with Veracruz of the Mexican League.
The Saints have signed nine players during the off-season, five position players and four pitchers.
The Saints will open CHS Field on Thursday evening May 21 at 7:05 p.m. against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
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