Canaries Busy Offseason Continues
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Canaries have had a busy week of roster moves, announcing one signing, and a pair of trades on Friday morning.
The Birds have come to terms with recently acquired right-handed pitcher, Alex Boshers. Boshers has had an impressive career in the American Association, spending time with the Wichita Wingnuts and the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Throughout his career, Boshers has pitched in 99 career games, carrying a 30-21 record over 430 innings pitched. The Nashville, Tennessee native owns a career ERA of 4.05, and a 1.39 WHIP. The Canaries Coaching Staff see’s Alex playing a big role in the rotation in 2019.
One of the Canaries two trades this week, was completed with the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League. The Birds sent INF Nathaniel Maggio to Washington in exchange for Infielder Jordan Ebert, and a Player to be Named Later.
Ebert, 25, has spent the last two seasons north of the border with the Winnipeg Goldeyes. In 128 games, the Foley, Alabama native slashed .295/.367/.392/.759, collected 24 double, 4 triples, and played great defense at second base.
“We are very happy to announce this deal,” says Canaries Manager Mike Meyer. “Jordan will play an important role for us next season. He will be a great table setter at the top of our lineup, getting on-base at a high percentage in front of our run producers. Jordan is a gamer, and can do a lot of things at the plate. He puts the ball in play, can hit behind runners, and has gap-to-gap power. He will be huge for us defensively and can play pretty much every position in the infield.”
The second trade the Canaries completed, was with the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League, sending RHP Dominic Topoozian, and future considerations in exchange for Infielder Trae Santos and right-handed pitcher Kevin Simmons.
Santos, 26, was a 17th round draft pick in 2013 by the San Diego Padres out of Troy University. The Barrigada, Guam native had an impressive 2018 season with the Grizzles. In 96 games, Santos totaled 19 doubles, 17 home runs, and 67 runs batted in, while finishing the season with a .291/.371/.497/.863 slash line.
Simmons, 25, was a 16th round pick in the 2014 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Selma, Alabama native was a big piece in the Grizzlies bullpen in 2018. In 32 innings pitched, Simmons struck out 41 batters and held opposing hitters to a .208 batting average.
“Trae Santos is a big bat that will provide left-handed juice to the middle of our lineup,” says Meyer. “He made it to Double-A at a very young age, and is a polished hitter that has only gotten better each season. We expect him to be an important run producer for us.”
“Simmons will be another powerful arm to add to the back end of our bullpen. He features a mid-90’s fastball and a swing-and-miss slider. He will be a big stopper for us.”
The Canaries open up their 2019 Regular Season schedule on the road against the Cleburne Railroaders on Thursday, May 16th. For more information on Season Tickets, Suites, Group Outings, and Corporate Partnerships, visit the Canaries official website at www.sfcanaries.com, or call the Front Office at (605)336-6060.