Birds Re-Sign Jaunich, Trade Three Players To High Point

Posted: 2/25/2019

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Sioux Falls Canaries fans will see a familiar face return to the bullpen next year. Durable right-hander Trevor Jaunich will return to the Birds for the 2019 season.

In a separate move, the Birds traded outfielder Jabari Henry and relief pitchers Kyle Schepel and Nicco Blank to the High Point Rockers of the Atlantic League for three players to be named later. 


Jaunich was one of the Birds' most dependable relievers last season, finishing with a 3.86 ERA in 28 appearances.

"Jaunich had a tremendous year last year," Canaries manager Mike Meyer said. "He throws strikes; he's got four different pitches he can throw in any count. Having him back this season is going to be huge."

The former North Dakota State Bison finished the 2018 season especially strong. He struck out at least one batter in each of his last 10 appearances of the year, nine of which were scoreless.

One-fourth of Jaunich's appearances in 2018 lasted two innings or more, showcasing versatility Meyer said is a key reason why he's excited to have Jaunich back.

Jaunich joined the Canaries in 2018 after spending 2017 with the Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers of the United Shore Professional Baseball League. He made 18 appearances in the Michigan-based league in 2017, with a 3.18 ERA and impressive 1.00 WHIP in 18 innings pitched.

In his four years at North Dakota State, Jaunich posted a 4.96 career ERA, peaking with a 3.18 ERA in 18 appearances his junior season.


The forward-looking trade of Henry, Schepel, and Blank marks the first-ever trade between the Birds and the Rockers. The Atlantic League side, based in High Point, North Carolina, will play their inaugural season in 2019.

Henry departs after two outstanding seasons in a Canaries uniform. The Florida-born slugger hit a franchise-record 29 home runs in 2017. Henry added 13 more in 2018 despite being hampered with injuries, including four in a six-game span July 21-27.

Schepel posted a team-high 50 appearances out of the bullpen last season, posting a 3.28 ERA and team-high 14 saves in his first year in the American Association.

Blank, another right-hander, posted a 4.15 ERA in his second year with Sioux Falls. The former Mets draft pick made 39 appearances out of the bullpen for the Birds in 2017 with a 5.00 ERA.

The Sioux Falls Canaries open their 2018 season on May 16 on the road. Their home opener is scheduled for May 31, a Fireworks Night game against the Winnipeg Goldeyes at 7:05pm. 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