Canaries Add Infielders Glasser And Dean
Canaries fans will spot a a couple new additions to Birds’ dugout for Friday's game. The Birds have acquired Mitch Glasser off waivers from Gary South- Shore and signed free agent Jordan Dean.
A former Chicago White Sox draft pick, Glasser has played in the indepen- dent ranks since 2015, when he suited up for the Frontier League’s Joplin Blasters. Glasser hit .314/.411/.417 his second year with the Blasters in 2016, turning that success into a spot with Cleburne in the American Asso- ciation in 2017. He played 24 games for the RailCats this season, posting a solid .380 on base percentage.
"Mitch is just a good ballplayer," Canaries manager Mike Meyer said. "He's really an elite defender; he can play second base, he can play third. We need to shore up our defense, and he does that for us."
Dean joins the Birds as a free agent after starting the 2018 season with Cleburne. He spent last season with the Frontier League’s Lake Erie Crush- ers. He hit .260/.317/.461 for Lake Erie last season. Dean was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2012 out of Central Michigan University, spending two years in their farm system.
"He'll play third for us," Meyer said of Dean, adding he was impessed by the numbers Dean put up in the Frontier League. "Hopefully he'll add a little sock to the back end of our lineup as well."
In corresponding moves, the Canaries released catcher Aaron Gretz and relief pitcher Neal Kunik.
Both Glasser and Dean are in the lineup for the Canaries' game with the Texas AirHogs on Friday night at the Birdcage, which features a special AARP Night promotion and a postgame fireworks display. Fans can get tickets from the Sioux Falls Stadium box office or by calling 336-6060.