Mitch Glasser Prepares For Olympic Qualifier, Birds Sign Rehwaldt
By Brent Bartels
Sioux Falls Canaries third baseman Mitch Glasser is temporarily stepping away from the Birds. Glasser left for Bulgaria Friday to compete with Israel’s national baseball team in a European Baseball Championship qualifying tournament, the first step toward qualifying for the Olympics in Tokyo 2020.
Glasser played in 36 games for the Canaries so far this season, primarily at third base. He recorded a .273 batting average with two home runs and 18 RBIs. He will return to the Canaries once the qualifying tournament finishes
Also announced Friday, Canaries designed hitter Trae Santos has stepped away from the team due to personal reasons. Santos played in 19 games this season, missing three weeks with a knee injury. He recorded a .227 batting average with four home runs and nine RBIs.
As a result of these moves, the Birds signed Josh Rehwaldt out of the University of Sioux Falls (USF). Originally from Apple Valley, Minnesota, Rehwaldt finished 2019 at USF with a .337 batting average, 10 home runs, 35 RBIs in 49 games.
Rehwaldt also played in the Northwoods League in 2017 with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.
The Canaries will be back in action Friday, June 28 when they take on the Milwaukee Milkmen. Friday night is Pat Mahomes Hall of Fame night, featuring a special pregame ceremony at 6:55pm. The first 500 fans through the gates will receive a free Pat Mahomes poster, and Mahomes will be available for autographs from 6:05 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. For more information on game tickets, group outings or promotions, call the Canaries Front Office at (605) 336-6060, or visit the Canaries' official website at www.sfcanaries.com.