Birds Bolster Pitching Staff

Posted: 3/5/2018

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SIOUX FALLS, SD - 

The Sioux Falls Canaries pitching staff just got two big upgrades.

Kyle Schepel and Jim Patterson will suit up for the Birds for the 2018 season, the club announced Monday morning.

Both pitchers have extensive experience in MLB organizations, which Canaries manager Mike Meyer said is one of their biggest assets.

"Having that level of experience added to our pitching staff, which is more on the young side, is a big benefit for us," Meyer said. "Our other guys will be able to learn from them." 

Schepel, 27, has spent time with three MLB organizations, most recently with the Washington Nationals. He had a 3.76 ERA in 34 appearances in single-A and double-A in 2017.

"I think he's going to be a big piece to stabilize the back end of our bullpen," Meyer said of Schepel. The right-hander is expected to compete for the team's closer job.

Patterson, 29, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010, spending six years in their organization. He last played in the U.S. with the Bridgeport Bluefish in the Atlantic League. Meyer said he plans on placing Patterson near the top Canaries' starting rotation for the upcoming season. 

Meyer said these acquisitions are crucial to add depth to the Canaries' pitching staff.

"I'm significantly more comfortable with how our staff is shaping up," Meyer said. "We're just a few pieces away."

The Canaries open the 2018 season on Friday, May 18th with a Fireworks Night game against the Chicago Dogs. For more information on season tickets, suites, group outings, and corporate opportunities, call the Canaries Front Office at (605)336-6060, or visit the Canaries official website at www.sfcanaries.com.