Getting to CHS Field

Saints Sign Former American Association All-Star Outfielder Harrison Kain

ST. PAUL, MN August 18, 2017

Sometimes talent just falls in your lap.  For the St. Paul Saints that came in the form of a speedy outfielder who played at CHS Field in the 2016 All-Star Game.  Harrison Kain, who was playing for the Wichita Wingnuts this season, signed as a free agent with the Saints on Friday.


          The 28-year-old Kain was hitting .307 with three home runs and 31 RBI in 54 games with the Wingnuts this season.  In 218 at bats he scored 39 runs, had 10 doubles, one triple, 12 stolen bases, a .390 on base percentage and a .404 slugging percentage.  His season is highlighted by reaching base safely in 20 consecutive road games that began on May 22 and is currently still going.


          Kain has played all seven professional seasons in the American Association and began his career in 2011 with the Amarillo Sox.  He hit .268 with seven RBI in just 16 games, signing after he finished his collegiate career at Pepperdine University.


          He returned to the Sox in 2012 and after hitting .238 with three home runs and 44 RBI, joined the Laredo Lemurs in 2013 where he had a breakout season.  Kain led the Lemurs in hitting with a .330 average and had four home runs and 35 RBI in 70 games.  In 261 at bats he scored 55 runs, roped 20 doubles, three triples, stole 19 bases, had a .394 on base percentage and a .475 slugging percentage.  Kain finished eighth in the American Association in batting average and played second, third, shortstop and the outfield. 


          In 2014 Kain played his second season with the Lemurs and hit .256 with two home runs and 26 RBI.  He had double-digit steals for the third consecutive season, swiping 18 in 24 attempts.  Following the season he was traded to the Sioux Falls Canaries as part of a nine player deal with six players from the Lemurs going to the Canaries.


          After playing just 38 games with the Canaries, and hitting .231 with four home runs and 10 RBI, Kain was traded to the Wingnuts on July 11 in exchange for future considerations.  He closed the season on a tear hitting .286 with two home runs and 17 RBI.  Between Sioux Falls and Wichita Kain stole a career high 21 bases.  In the playoffs for the Wingnuts he was 6-18 with four RBI in a five game defeat at the hands of the eventual champion Lemurs.


          Last season Kain had the best season of his career hitting a robust .358 with three home runs and 48 RBI.  In 240 at bats he scored 38 runs, ripped 13 doubles, a career tying high six triples, swiped 15 bases, had a .423 on base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage.  Kain finished second in the league in batting, one point behind teammate Matt Chavez, second in on base percentage, and was tied for third in triples.  He reached base safely in 26 consecutive road games from May 26-August 9.  He helped guide the Wingnuts to the Championship Series, where they would lose in five games to the Winnipeg Goldeyes, and he hit .412 with two home runs and seven RBI in nine playoff games.


          Kain went to Thousand Oaks (CA) High School and was part of the 2007 team that won the Marmonte League Championship and finished #10 in the Nation by USA Today.  He began his college career at Moorpark College and during his sophomore year was All-Western State Conference First Team and the Team MVP.  Following his two years at Moorpark College he transferred to Pepperdine.


          In order to make room for Kain the Saints placed outfielder Danny Oh on the inactive list.


          The Saints roster stands at 22, one shy of the league maximum, with 10 pitchers and 12 position players.