Blake Schmit Named To 2016 American Association All-Star Team

Posted: 7/20/2016

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SIOUX FALLS, SD- The Sioux Falls Canaries are excited to announce that infielder Blake Schmit has been selected as the team’s lone representative at the 2016 American Association All-Star Game in St. Paul, MN on August 2nd. 

Schmit is having a terrific season with the Canaries, posting a .348 batting average with seven doubles, three triples, and four homeruns in 53 games this season. The Eden Prairie, MN native currently holds the third highest average in the league, and the top batting average amongst all Canaries batters this season. 

“We are extremely proud that Blake will be representing the Sioux Falls Canaries in this year’s All-Star game,” said General Manager Duell Higbe. “He is a true professional on and off the field and is certainly deserving of this honor.” 

The former University of Maryland product spent two seasons in the Minnesota Twins organization, ending the 2015 season in Class-A Fort Meyers.  In two years in the Twins organization, he collected 42 base hits in 195 at bats. 

“It’s been a rough past couple summers for me with injuries and the overall numbers I’ve put up, so this is a real honor” said Schmit. “I’m very excited to represent the Canaries in St. Paul. I know I will have a lot of Family and Friends at the All-Star Game cheering me on, so that is pretty special to me.” 

The North All-Stars are comprised of the four teams from the North Division and four Central Division teams.  Along with the five Saints players the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks also have five representatives, the Sioux City Explorers, and Central Division leading Lincoln Saltdogs, each have three, the Gary SouthShore Railcats have two and the Winnipeg Goldeyes, Kansas City T-Bones and Sioux Falls Canaries all have one representative. 

The North All-Stars were selected through a vote of each of the eight managers from the North and Central Division, with the three reserves and each pitcher selected by Sioux City Explorers, and Central Division manager, Steve Montgomery.  As the runner-up in last season’s playoffs Montgomery is rewarded with managing the North and will bring his coaching staff of Pitching Coach Bobby Post and Hitting Coach Matt Passerelle.  Joining them on the coaching staff will be Saints Manager George Tsamis. 

Below is the starting nine, including designated hitter, three reserves and 10 pitchers for the North All-Stars.  The starting pitcher will be named by North Manager Steve Montgomery, at a later date. 

1B Angelo Songco (St. Paul Saints) – .294-11-35.  He is 2nd in the league in walks (39) & T5th in on base percentage (.428).  He leads all first basemen in games played at first (58), total chances (510) and putouts (472). 

2B Tony Thomas (St. Paul Saints) – .305-10-43.  He is currently 3rd in the league in extra base hits (29) & 5th in total bases (119) & slugging percentage (.541). 

3B Josh Mazzola (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) – .296-15-57.  He is 1st in the league in RBI, 2nd in home runs & 3rd in total bases (126). 

SS Nate Samson (Sioux City Explorers) – .369-4-40.  He is 1st in the league in batting average & on base percentage (.454), 2nd in hits (79) & sacrifice flies (7), T2nd in doubles (21) & 3rd in stolen bases (20) & stolen base percentage (.952).  He leads all shortstops in total chances (282), assists (178) and double plays (43). 

 C Jose Gonzalez (Gary SouthShore Railcats) – .275-4-16.  He is 2nd on the team in slugging percentage (.420), 3rd in on base percentage (.347) & T4th in doubles (7).  He is 3rd in the league in caught stealing percentage (27.5%) 

 OF David Rohm (Winnipeg Goldeyes) – .341-6-46.  He is T3rd in the league in hits (74) & RBI & 5th in average 

 OF Alonzo Harris (St. Paul Saints) – .294-12-43.  He is 1st in the league in stolen bases (26) & T4th in home runs (12). 

OF Keury De La Cruz (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) - .349-8-46.  He is 1st in the league in at bats (261), hits (91), total bases (138), doubles (23) & extra base hits (31), 2nd in runs (48), 3rd in average & T3rd in RBI 

DH Curt Smith (Lincoln Saltdogs) - .340-11-35.  He is 2nd in the league in slugging percentage (.567) & 6th in average 

Reserves 

INF Blake Schmit (Sioux Falls Canaries) – .348-4-13.  He leads the team in runs scored (37) & on base percentage (.405) & 3rd in doubles (7).  He is 4th in the league in average. 

 OF Kes Carter (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) – .306-6-32.  He is 2nd on the team in on base percentage (.378), T2nd in doubles (14) & 3rd in slugging percentage (.478) 

 C Luis Alen (Lincoln Saltdogs) - .305-4-30.  He is 3rd on the team in walks (27) & 4th in on base percentage (.394) & slugging percentage (.401).  He has thrown out 20.0% of base stealers. 

Pitchers 

LHP Tyler Alexander (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 7-3 with a 3.24 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) and one complete game.  Struck out 76 in 75.0 IP while opponents hit .249 against him.  He is 2nd in the league in strikeouts, T2nd in wins & 9th in ERA 

 RHP Colton Reavis (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) – 1-3 with a 2.61 ERA and four saves in 23 relief appearances.  In 31.0 IP struck out 41 while opponents hit .222 against him. 

 RHP Charle Rosario (Gary SouthShore Railcats) – 5-3 with a 2.99 ERA and two complete game shutouts in 14 starts. In 87.1 IP struck out 64 while opponents are hitting .228 against him.  He is 1st in the league in games started, T1st in shutouts, 2nd in innings pitched, T2nd in complete games, 3rd in strikeouts & 7th in ERA. 

 RHP Mark Haynes (Kansas City T-Bones) – 0-0 with a 2.36 ERA and 12 saves in 24 relief appearances.  In 26.2 IP has struck out 28 while opponents are hitting .189 against him.  He is 3rd in the league in saves, 4th in reliever points (36) & 5th in games finished (18)

LHP Lindsey Caughel (Lincoln Saltdogs) – 5-3 with a 2.10 ERA and one complete game in 11 games (10 starts).  In 77.0 IP has struck out 77 and opponents are hitting .214 against him.  He is 1st in the league in strikeouts & 2nd in ERA. 

 RHP Evan Reed (Lincoln Saltdogs) – 1-1 with a 0.77 ERA and 13 saves in 22 relief appearances.  In 23.1 IP has struck out 24 and opponents are hitting .195 against him.  He is 2nd in the league in saves & reliever points (39) & 3rd in games finished (20). 

 RHP Mark Hamburger (St. Paul Saints) – 10-0 with a 2.75 ERA and four complete games in 12 starts.  In 95.0 IP he has struck out 56 while opponents hit .251 against him.  He is 1st in the league in wins, complete games, innings pitched & winning percentage (1.000) & 6th in ERA. 

 RHP Ryan Rodebaugh (St. Paul Saints) – 1-1 with a 1.17 ERA and 14 saves in 22 relief appearances.  In 23.0 innings pitched he has struck out 32 while opponents are hitting .207 against him.  He is 1st in the league in saves & reliever points (42) and 2nd in games finished (21) 

 RHP Connor Overton (Sioux City Explorers) – 4-0 with a 0.98 ERA and eight saves in 22 relief appearances. In 27.2 IP has struck out 34 and opponents are hitting .156 against him.  He is 4th in the league in games finished (19) & 5th in saves & reliever points (32). 

 RHP Rob Wort (Sioux City Explorers) – 2-2 with a 0.76 ERA and one save in 13 relief appearances.  In 23.2 IP has struck out 32 while opponents are hitting .107 against him. 

 All-Star Monday begins at 6:00 p.m. on August 1 and includes the iHeart Radio Celebrity Softball Game, the Select Heartland Chevy Dealers Homerun Derby and musical acts Chris Hawkey Band and Soul Asylum.  The 2016 American Association All-Star Game, presented by CHS, takes place on Tuesday, August 2 at 7:05 p.m. 

 Tickets for All-Star Monday are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event.  They can be purchased at the Saints box office or over the phone at 651-644-6659, Monday-Friday from 9-6 or Saturday 10-2 or anytime at saintsbaseball.com. 

Tickets for the 2016 American Association All-Star Game on Tuesday, August 2 begin at $5 for berm seating (available only on day of game in person at the box office), $9 for bleacher seats, $15 for the drink rail, $17 for outfield reserved, $19 for infield reserved and $21 for home plate reserved.

The Sioux Falls Canaries continue their three-game series against the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks on Wednesay night at Sioux Falls Stadium. Wednesday night is Pokemon Go Night at the Birdcage. Contact the Canaries ticket office at 605-336-6060 or visit www.sfcanaries.com for more information.