The Canaries Complete Trades
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Canaries have announced a pair of transactions Tuesday morning, acquiring Infielder Nathaniel Maggio from the St. Paul Saints, completing a previous trade that sent Dan Motl to St. Paul. The Birds also added Catcher Dashenko Ricardo from the Lincoln Saltdogs in exchange for the reversionary rights to Pitcher Cesilio Pimentel.
Maggio, 23, is coming off a solid season, splitting time between the Lincoln Saltdogs, and the St. Paul Saints. The Alpharetta, Georgia native saw action in 86 games, collected 22 doubles, 6 home runs, and knocked in 36 runners. Maggio finished 2018 with a .274/.343/.401/.744 line.
“Nathaniel is a young bat, that already has a refined approach at the plate,” said Canaries Manager Mike Meyer. “He has a great eye, and puts together quality at bats. He will continue to develop his power, and will be a great addition to the middle of our lineup. We look for him to put up big numbers in the Birdcage.”
Ricardo, 28, has spent the past two seasons as the Lincoln Saltdogs primary backstop. The Curacao native was originally signed by the Baltimore Orioles in 2008, spending the next 5 seasons with the O’s, San Francisco Giants, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, eventually reaching the Triple A level.
With the Saltdogs, Ricardo competed in 142 games, smacked 11 long balls, drove in 64 runs, and finished with a combined .269/.308/.375/.683 slash line. Known for his stellar defense, Ricardo compiled a .994 fielding percentage, and caught 31% of would be base stealers.
“Deshenko is one of the league’s best defensive catchers the American Association has seen,” Meyer says. “He’s a great receiver, blocks the ball well, and has a plus throwing arm that can shut down the opposing teams running game. He also has a little juice in his bat, which should play nicely in our ballpark.”
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