ST. PAUL, MN (March 14, 2014) – It seems apropos that on March 14, better known as Pi Day, the St. Paul Saints re-signed outfielder Brandon Tripp, one of only three players in team history to finish a season hitting .314, doing so in 2011. The talented outfielder returns for his third season with the club,
The 28-year-old Tripp had one of his best power hitting seasons during his eight year career. He hit .287 with a career tying high 19 home runs and his second most RBI in a single season with 75 while playing in 91 games. In 328 at bats he scored 58 runs, roped 21 doubles, had a .357 on base percentage and a .524 slugging percentage. He finished fifth in the American Association in RBI and tied for fifth in home runs. Included in his stellar season was reaching base safely in 17 consecutive games from June 11-28. He also was a part of the second different trio to hit back-to back-to back home runs in a game when Brad Boyer and Willie Cabrera preceded him with long balls on June 26 vs. Lincoln. The only other trio to accomplish the feat were Darryl Strawberry, Marty Neff and Kevin Garner, who did it twice during the 1996 season.
Tripp had one of the more productive seasons in Saints franchise history and also saw his name move up on the career leader board in a couple of different categories. He finished tied for third in a single season in sacrifice flies (7), tied for fourth in home runs and fifth in RBI. Tripp’s 28 career homers put him fifth on the all-time Saints list.
“Brandon has been an excellent player for us and we are fortunate to have him,” said Saints manager George Tsamis. “Not only is he clutch, but he has become one of the top all-around players in the league. He has been a solid run producer and is a very good outfielder.”
Prior to rejoining the Saints last season Tripp spent the second half of 2011 and all of 2012 in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, splitting time between Single-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading in 2012. He hit .264 with six home runs and 44 RBI in 108 games. In 368 at bats he scored 44 runs, had 21 doubles, four triples, a .316 on base percentage and a .391 slugging percentage.
During his 2011 season with the Saints Tripp hit .314 with nine homers and 48 RBI in 60 games. In 239 at bats he scored 36 runs, roped 21 doubles, two triples, had an on base percentage of .362 and a .531 slugging percentage. When his contract was purchased by the Phillies he was first on the Saints in doubles and slugging percentage, second in homers and third in average.
Tripp put up eye popping numbers with the Saints in 2011 including a 17-game hitting streak from May 21-June 8. During that streak he also had extra base hits in six straight, homered in back-to-back games, multi-RBI in five straight and at least one RBI in six straight.
His hot 2011 season didn’t cool off in the Phillies organization spending the rest of the season with Clearwater. He hit .322 with five homers and 20 RBI in 42 games. In 152 at bats he smacked 13 doubles, had an on base percentage of .370 and a slugging percentage of .507.
Tripp was drafted in the 21st round of the 2003 June Amateur Draft by the Florida Marlins, but elected to play in college at Cal State Fullerton. That helped his draft stock as he was selected in the 12th round by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2006 June Amateur Draft.
After a slow start to his career in 2006 at Single-A Aberdeen, he took off in 2007 at Single-A Delmarva. He hit .288 with career highs in homers (19) and RBI (79) in 104 games. In 371 at bats he scored a career high 72 runs, walloped 25 doubles, four triples, with a .377 on base percentage and a .531 slugging percentage, both career highs.
Tripp spent all of 2008 at High-A Frederick in the Carolina League and, after the season, was released by the Orioles, but found a home with the team that originally drafted him, the Marlins. He had a solid season in the pitcher friendly Florida State League in 2009.
Tripp spent all of 2010 at Double-A Jacksonville (Florida Marlins) where he hit .289 with eight homers and 46 RBI in 118 games. In 450 at bats he scored 52 runs, had a career high 35 doubles, two triples, a .369 on base percentage and a .449 slugging percentage.
The Saints have signed 14 players during the off-season, 10 pitchers and four position players. The Saints 2014 season begins onMay 15 with a 7:05 p.m. game against the defending American Association Champion Gary SouthShore Railcats.