Big Bash Brady Shoemaker Returns to Saints for 2018 Season
ST. PAUL, MN - Last season first baseman Brady Shoemaker became just the third St. Paul Saints player to top the 20-home run mark in the franchises 25-year history. He finished in the Top 10 in many offensive categories and was one of the main reasons the Saints broke the franchise record for home runs. He'll have a chance to do something only one other player has done in Saints history, hit 20 or more home runs in two different seasons, as Shoemaker re-signed for the 2018 season.
The 30-year-old Shoemaker had an incredible overall season, hitting .318 with a career high 21 home runs and 57 RBI in 85 games. In 375 at bats he scored 71 runs, roped 22 doubles, one triple, walking 55 times, while striking out just 49 times, with a .435 on base percentage, .603 slugging percentage, for an eye-popping 1.038 OPS. He finished second in the American Association in slugging percentage and on base percentage, tied for second in extra base hits (44), tied for third in home runs, tied for fifth in walks & eighth in batting average (.318).
Shoemaker's season was highlighted by numerous accomplishments including being named the American Association June Rawlings Player of the Month. Shoemaker hit .341 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 26 games in June. In 85 at bats he scored a whopping 25 runs, slugged five doubles, walked 21 times, stole a base, had a .495 on base percentage, a robust .612 slugging percentage, for an incredible 1.107 OPS. He reached base safely in all but one game in the month, the last game. Shoemaker put together two separate eight game hitting streaks and hit safely in 20 of the 26 games played. On June 25, at home against Winnipeg, he hit two home runs, including a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th, and homered in four of seven games from June 21-28. On top of all that he helped guide the Saints to an impressive 19-8 record, tied for the third most wins in the month of June in the franchises 25-year history.
On the very last day of May and for nearly the entire month of June Shoemaker reached base safely in 26 consecutive games from May 31-June 29. He homered in back-to-back games three times during the season. He finished with the third most home runs in a single-season in franchise history, tied for the eighth most extra-base hits and ninth most walks.
Shoemaker is a three-time mid-season All-Star and a three-time Post-Season All-Star during his eight year career. He hit double-digit home runs during his first five seasons and reached Triple-A in both 2015 and 2016. In 2017 he began the season with the Miami Marlins organization and started the season at Double-A Jacksonville. After 43 games he was promoted to Triple-A New Orleans on May 23. The Chicago White Sox, whom Shoemaker began his career with, acquired him on June 30 and placed him at Double-A Birmingham. Between the three teams last season Shoemaker hit .222 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in 99 games.
Shoemaker's career got off to a blazing start after being selected in the 19th round of the First-Year Player Draft in 2009 by the Chicago White Sox out of Indiana State University. Beginning his professional career at the Rookie level in Bristol he tore up the Appalachian League hitting .351 with nine home runs and driving in 34 in 57 games. In 205 at bats he scored 38 runs, roped 21 doubles, had a .426 on base percentage, .585 slugging percentage and an otherworldly 1.011 OPS. His season was highlighted by a career high, and tops in the league, 28-game hitting streak from June 23-July 27. He also had the longest road hitting streak of anyone in the league, hitting in 17 straight from June 29-August 7. Shoemaker finished first in the league in on base percentage, doubles and extra base hits (30), second in slugging, third in batting average and total bases (120) and fourth in HR/AB ratio (1/22.78). He was selected as an Appalachian League Post-Season All-Star and a TOPPS Short-Season/Rookie All-Star. His incredible season got him a taste of Triple-A, playing the final week with the Charlotte Knights.
After a solid season at Single-A Kannapolis in 2010 where he hit .293 with 12 homers and 55 RBI in 96 games, Shoemaker began 2011 at Kannapolis and put the organization on notice that he deserved a promotion. In 99 games with the Intimidators Shoemaker hit .319 with 11 home runs and 65 RBI. In 373 at bats he scored 68 runs, crushed 28 doubles, two triples, had a .391 on base percentage, a .467 slugging percentage and an .892 OPS. His season was highlighted by reaching base safely in 16 consecutive road games, second longest in the South Atlantic League, from June 24-end of the season. He also reached base safely in 20 consecutive home games from April 16-May 23 and reaching base safely in 24 consecutive road games from June 1-end of the season. He finished second in the league in batting average and fifth in on base percentage. He was selected as both a Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star and an MiLB Organization All-Star. Shoemaker was called up to High-A Winston Salem on July 27 where He hit .273 with 12 RBI in 19 games.
In 2012 Shoemaker equaled the triple All-Star bid with another Mid-Season, Post-Season and MiLB Organization All-Star honor after an incredible first half of the season at High-A Winston-Salem. He hit .331 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI in just 78 games. In 284 at bats he scored 61 runs, hammered 23 doubles, a .422 on base percentage, .549 slugging percentage and an equally impressive .971 OPS. He was twice named Hitter of the Week. The stellar first half earned him a call up to Double-A Birmingham where he hit .254 with four home runs and 26 RBI in 56 games.
Shoemaker missed the entire 2013 season after having surgery for a torn labrum and was claimed by the Miami Marlins in the Rule 5 Draft on December 12. He didn't miss a beat after joining the Marlins organization and was once again selected to a mid-season All-Star Game in 2014 with Double-A Jacksonville. For the season he hit .274 with 12 homers and 71 RBI in 123 games. In 413 at bats he scored 65 runs, slugged 26 doubles, two triples, with a .374 on base percentage and .433 slugging percentage. He helped guide the Suns to a Southern League title. He finished fourth in the league in walks (67) and reached base safely in 23 consecutive games from August 7-end of the season.
Shoemaker was promoted the following season and spent the entire 2015 at Triple-A New Orleans where he hit .284 with nine home runs and 50 RBI.
This is the third player the Saints have signed in the off-season. Shoemaker joins infielders Noah Perio and Jake Hager.
The Saints begin the 2018 season on the road against the Gary SouthShore Railcats on Friday, May 18. The Saints first game at home is on Monday, May 21 against the newest member of the American Association, the Chicago Dogs, at 3:05 p.m.
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