Canaries Add Outfield Depth
SIOUX FALLS, SD- The Sioux Falls Canaries announced on Wednesday afternoon that the team has signed outfielders Ethan Chapman and Cameron Monger to contracts for the 2016 season.
Chapman, 26, was originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 30th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He spent three full seasons in the Royals organization, reaching the Double-A level in 2014. In 2012 Chapman was named the Idaho Falls (Royals Rookie League) Player of the Year. During that season he batted .313 with a homer, nine triples, 9 doubles, 29 RBI’s and 25 stolen bases in 67 games.
Chapman began the 2015 season in Double-A with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, but after 23 games, the outfielder was released. He quickly landed a roster spot with the Atlantic League’s Bridgeport Bluefish, appearing in seven games before having his contract purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Chapman played in nine games between Double-A and Triple-A before once again being released. He returned to Bridgeport for the remainder of 2015, appearing in 57 total games, while collecting 11 extra base hits and 10 stolen bases.
“Ethan is a guy I’ve seen play since college,” said Canaries Field Manager Chris Paterson. “He is a top of the lineup type of hitter, and an above average defender in the field. We felt we really need a guy like him in our lineup.”
Chapman holds a .256 career batting average, and enters his 5th professional season in 2016 with 45 extra base hits, 69 stolen bases, and 92 RBI.
Monger, 27, was originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 27th round of the 2009 MLB Draft. He hit .295 with 19 extra base hits and 29 stolen bases in ’09 with the Padres Rookie-Ball affiliate in the Arizona League. Monger made a brief 14 game appearance in the Kansas City Royals organization in 2010 before reaching the independent ranks.
Monger had a solid year with the Frontier League’s Normal Cornbelters in 2015. He finished the season with a .263 batting average while hitting 13 home runs, and totaling 36 stolen bases, both career highs. The Canaries acquired the rights to Monger’s contract this off-season in a trade sending infielder RJ Perucki to Normal.
“We had a chance to get a front line player in Monger and had to take it,” said Paterson. “RJ was terrific for us last year, and was a great clubhouse guy. Sometimes you have to give a little to get something back. RJ will get a chance to play shortstop every day in the Frontier League, and we get a great outfield option in Cameron.”
In four Independent seasons, Monger has totaled a .285 batting average while adding 42 doubles, 14 triples and 22 home runs.
The Canaries begin the 24th season of Birds’ baseball on May 19th against the Sioux City Explorers at Lewis & Clark Park. The Canaries kick off the 2016 home portion of their schedule on Friday, May 20th with a special presentation from All-Star Fireworks after the game. For more information about season tickets and corporate opportunities, call the Canaries ticket office at (605) 336-6060 or visit www.sfcanaries.com.