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Pheasants Sign a Champion and a Rookie

February 1, 2013 - American Association (AA) Sioux Falls Canaries

SIOUX FALLS - The Sioux Falls Pheasants signed two players on Friday for the 2013 season, left-handed pitcher Adam Champion and rookie utility player Anthony Trajano.

Champion, 25, comes off a successful 2012 season as an ace with the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League, going 8-5 with a 3.06 ERA. After converting to a starting role midseason, Champion started 13 games and went 6-4 with a 2.85 ERA.

"I'm excited for what Adam can bring to our pitching staff," Pheasants manager Steve Shirley said. "We expect him to compete for a starting spot this spring and hope he can contribute in big ways."

The Houston Astros selected Champion in the 24th round of the 2010 amateur draft out of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. The Evansville, Ind., native spent two seasons at the Astros' Class A levels. For his career, he has a 12-10 record with a 3.83 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 183 innings pitched.

Trajano, 23, is a true rookie from Cal State-Fullerton. In two seasons and 75 games with the Flyers, Trajano batted .293 with 29 RBI and eight doubles.

The Sioux Falls Pheasants begin their 21st season on May 16, 2013. Their home opener is May 17 against the Sioux City Explorers. Information about season tickets and advertising with the Sioux Falls Pheasants is available by calling (605) 336-6060 or visiting www.sfpheasants.com.

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