ST. PAUL, MN (April 17, 2014) – The St. Paul Saints found the big bat they were looking for adding to an already formidable heart of the lineup with Brandon Tripp and Evan Bigley. They signed a two-time All-Star in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, first baseman Angelo Songco.
The 25-year-old Songco spent last season between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga. Between the two stops he hit .257 with 11 home runs and 65 RBI in 117 games. In 381 at bats he scored 45 runs, ripped 20 doubles, six triples, had a .341 on base percentage and a .491 slugging percentage.
Songco was a fourth round pick of the Dodgers out of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 2009. He progressed through the Dodgers organization and turned heads at nearly every level. At his first professional stop in the Rookie League at Ogden he hit .306 with nine homers and 29 RBI in just 36 games before being promoted to Single-A Great Lakes.
The following season, in 2010, the accolades started pouring in for Songco who was selected as a Midwest League All-Star. In a full season with Great Lakes he hit .274 with 15 homers and 74 RBI in 135 games. Among his 15 home runs was a grand slam on May 26.
The big breakout season for Songco came in 2011 at High-A Rancho Cucamonga where he earned a California League All-Star appearance, a post-season All-Star nod and was an MiLB.com Organizational All-Star. The numbers were astounding as he hit .313 with 29 home runs and 114 RBI in 131 games. In 534 at bats he scored 110 runs, mashed 48 doubles, had four triples, a .367 on base percentage and a whopping .581 slugging percentage. He finished first in the California League in total bases (310), extra base hits (81) and doubles, second in home runs and RBI, third in hits (167), slugging percentage, runs scored and home runs/at bat ratio (1/18.41), fifth in at bats and seventh in batting average. On May 25 he hit for the cycle, completing the feat with a triple in an 11-run ninth inning. He hit his second grand slam in as many years on September 3.
In 2012 Songco missed more than half the year after fracturing his leg and having a rod placed in the leg.
The Saints also made a trade with the New Jersey Jackals of the Can-Am League acquiring outfielder Chris Valencia for a player to be named later. Valencia, who has 115 steals in five seasons, spent last season with the Amarillo Sox in the American Association and hit .328 with one home run and 54 RBI in 98 games.
The Saints have signed 23 players during the off-season, 13 pitchers and 10 position players. The Saints have a total of 25 players on the roster and can carry 28 players into camp. They must be down to 23 players by Opening Day and then to the league maximum 22, 10 days after the season begins. The Saints 2014 season begins on May 15 with a 7:05 p.m. game against the defending American Association Champion Gary SouthShore Railcats.