ST. PAUL, MN (August 15, 2012) – The final 18 games of the season will decide whether the St. Paul Saints make the playoffs or head home after the 100 game regular season. This is the time of year when managers make their big moves for that final push and on Wednesday Saints manager George Tsamis pulled off a trade that got him an arm, receiving left-hander Brian Gump from San Rafael of the North American Baseball League in exchange for future considerations.
The 25-year-old Gump was having an incredible season for San Rafael going 5-2 with a 2.78 ERA and one complete game in 11 starts. In 71.1 innings of work he has walked 19, struck out 64 while the opposition is hitting .254 against him. He has thrown at least 5.0 innings in every start and at least 6.0 innings in nine of 11 starts. In seven of his 11 starts he has allowed two earned runs or less. Gump is currently eighth in the North American League in ERA.
Gump was originally drafted in the 48th round of the 2008 June Amateur draft by the New York Mets as an outfielder out of the University of California – Santa Barbara, but he did not sign. The following year the Philadelphia Phillies drafted him in the 26th round of the June Amateur Draft. In 2009 he spent time with the Gulf Coast Phillies and Single-A Lakewood Blue Claws where he hit .292 with four homers and 21 RBI. In 2010 he played just 44 games split between the GCL Phillies, Blue Claws and High-A Clearwater Threshers. Last season he spent the entire season with the Threshers and hit .217 with five homers and 22 RBI. During his time with the Phillies organization he pitched in two games out of relief and did not allow a run in 2.0 innings of work, a pre-cursor for his 2012 season. After being released by the Phillies he became a pitcher full time this season with the Pacifics.
In order to make room for Gump on the roster the Saints released reliever Bret Severtson. He was 3-1 with a 5.70 ERA in 28 relief appearances.
The Saints roster is at the league maximum 22, 10 pitchers and 12 position players.