April 22, 2013 - American Association (AA) - St. Paul Saints
ST. PAUL, MN (April 22, 2013) - The St. Paul Saints cashed in on a trade they made over a year ago. The Saints received infielder, and 2011 American Association Post-Season All-Star, Brad Boyer from the Bridgeport Bluefish.
The 29-year-old Boyer was the player to be named later from a February 24, 2012 deal that sent Sean Smith to the Bluefish. Boyer is familiar to the Saints from his time with the Gary SouthShore Railcats in 2011. He tore up American Association pitching that season finishing eighth in the league with a .348 average, 11 homers and 68 RBI in 87 games. In 353 at bats he scored 66 runs, roped 21 doubles, eight triples, a .405 on base percentage and .538 slugging percentage. He was voted a Post-Season All-Star at second base. His incredible season included a 15 game hitting streak from June 25-July 12. In a series against the Saints at Midway Stadium during that streak he collected nine RBI in three games, including four hits and five RBI on July 8 and two homers and a triple on July 9. That helped him earn Player of the Week honors for the week ending July 10.
Boyer spent last season in the Atlantic League where he began the season with the Lancaster Barnstormers before being traded to the Bluefish on August 7. Between the two stops he hit .243 with six homers and 41 RBI in 126 games.
In 2005 Boyer was selected in the 14th round of the June Amateur Draft by the Seattle Mariners out of the University of Arizona, but elected not to sign. Following his senior season at Arizona he was selected in the 13th round of the June Amateur Draft by the San Francisco Giants. After 2006, at Low-A Salem-Kaizer, and 2007, split between Single-A Augusta and High-A San Jose, where he hit around .250, Boyer found his stroke in 2008.
Beginning the 2008 season Boyer went on a hot streak with San Jose before being promoted to Double-A Connecticut. After 12 games with the Defenders an injury caused him to miss a month of the season, but upon returning to San Jose he picked up where he left off. Towards the end of the season he had an incredible streak of 10 straight games with a RBI. In 75 games with San Jose he hit .348 with seven homers and 45 RBI. Those numbers allowed him to spend all of 2009 at Double-A.
Despite beginning the 2009 season 0-30 he still finished ninth in the league in batting average at .294 and hit three homers and 41 RBI. He led the league in triples with 10.
His final season in the Giants organization came in 2010 where he began the season at Triple-A Fresno and played 46 games before being assigned to Double-A Richmond where he played in 48 games.
The Saints currently have 21 players on their roster, 12 pitchers and nine position players. The Saints can carry as many as 28 players into spring training, must be down to 23 by Opening Day and to 22 players 10 days into the season. The Saints 2013 season begins on Thursday, May 16 with a 7:05 p.m. home game against the New Jersey Jackals.