Canaries Acquire Former Major Leaguer Jake Esch

Posted: 7/3/2018


The Sioux Falls Canaries have signed former major league pitcher Jake Esch, the team announced Tuesday. The announcement came just before the right-hander took the mound for the start against the Kansas City T-Bones.

“We wanted to add a veteran arm to our staff,” Birds manager Mike Meyer said. “Jake’s pitched at the top level, and he’s got a lot of experience that he can pass on to some of our youger arms.”

Esch got off to a great start in a Birds uniform on Tuesday night, earning the win in his first start as a Canary. The St. Paul, Minn. native allowed only one run on five hits over five innings of work against a potent Kansas City offense. He walked two and struck out four.

Esch, who suited up in the big leagues as recently as last season, had made seven starts with St. Paul earlier in 2018. He currently holds a 6.95 ERA while striking out 32 batters over 32.1 innings.

The 28-year-old appeared in Major League Baseball for the Miami Marlins and San Diego Padres during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He has also made 11 career starts at the AAA level in the Padres' and Marlins' systems. He was originally drafted by Miami in the 11th roung out of Georgia Tech.

Birds fans can listen to the Canaries vs. T-Bones game on Sioux Falls Sports Radio 98.1 FM and AM 1230 KWSN or online at