Saints Sign Left-Handed Pitcher Sinclair 12 Aug 12

ST. PAUL, MN (August 11, 2012) – Without a left-hander on the pitching staff, the St. Paul Saints continued their shopping spree on the open market in search of another arm. In the end, the Saints signed Taylor Sinclair to fill the void.

The 26-year-old Sinclair pitched for three different teams this season, most recently with the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League, and was 1-3 with a 6.59 ERA in 32 appearances, including two starts. In 41.0 innings he walked 27 and struck out 16. Sinclair becomes the third former Diamondbacks farmhand in the rotation, joining Chris Odegaard and Billy Spottiswood.

Sinclair was undrafted out of the University of Northern Iowa but made his way to the Diamondbacks rookie affiliate in the Pioneer League in 2008. Splitting time between the Missoula Osprey and the Rockford RiverHawks of the Frontier League, he finished the season 6-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 13 games, including 11 starts. He was a two-time Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week in the month of August.

After ascending through the Diamondbacks farm system in 2009 and 2010, Sinclair began 2011 with the Visalia Rawhide (High-A) in the California League. He was 4-2 with a 2.55 ERA in 45 relief appearances with four saves before being promoted to Double-A with the Mobile Bay Bears. He would finish the season there, pitching in five games out of the bullpen and did not receive a decision to complement a 3.00 ERA.

Sinclair began this season in Mobile and was one of the team’s best relievers before receiving another call-up to Triple-A with the Reno Aces. In the Pacific Coast League he went 0-2 with a 10.61 ERA in 16 appearances with one start. Upon his release, he pitched in four games with Somerset before signing with the Saints.

To make room for Sinclair the Saints released catcher Benji Johnson who is returning to school to finish his degree.  Johnson hit .210 with three homers and nine RBI.

The Saints roster now stands at the league maximum of 22, 11 position players and 11 pitchers, with one on the disabled list and two on the inactive list.