Saints Add Power Hitting Outfielder Jabari Henry
ST. PAUL, MN - It's tough to find a free agent power hitting bat this late in the season, but the St. Paul Saints just did. Jabari Henry, who was with the Saints in the pre-season before signing in the Atlantic League, was signed prior to Sunday's game with the Gary SouthShore RailCats.
The 28-year-old Henry signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters following his time in Spring Training with the Saints. He hit .250 with a home run and four RBI in 15 games before an injury shut down his season.
Henry is no stranger to the American Association having spent 2017 and 2018 with the Sioux Falls Canaries. In 2017 he hit .302 with 29 home runs and 72 RBI in 84 games with the Canaries. In 324 at bats he scored 71 runs, slugged 13 doubles, one triple, had a .401 on base percentage and a .617 slugging percentage. He finished first in the league in slugging percentage and home runs, third in total bases (200), and fifth in extra base hits (43). He hit safely in 12-straight games from July 13-28, homered in back-to-back games six times and in four-straight from July 5-9, including a two homer game on July 7. Henry had a total of three, two-homer games and homered three times on September 3. He had nine, three-hit games, a four-hit game and a career high five hits on June 18.
In 2018, Henry hit .247 with 13 homers and 52 RBI in 86 games. In 328 at bats he scored 49 runs, crushed 17 doubles, two triples, a .326 on base percentage, and a .430 slugging percentage. Henry homered in three straight games from August 13-15, all against the Saints at CHS Field, including a four-hit, six RBI performance on August 13.
Henry was originally selected in the 39th round of the 2009 draft by the Texas Rangers out of Olympia (FL) High School. The Seattle Mariners then grabbed him in the 18th round of the 2012 draft out of Florida International. He spent most of the season with the Rookie League Pulaski Mariners where he hit .271 with eight home runs and 42 RBI. In 58 games he scored 35 runs, smacked 15 doubles, three triples, a .357 on base percentage and a .488 slugging percentage. Henry was promoted to Low-A Everett and played three games going 2-6. Everett made the playoffs, but lost two-games-to-none to Vancouver.
In 2013 Henry began the season at Single-A Clinton and hit .268 with seven home runs and 40 RBI in 71 games. In 257 at bats he scored 41 runs, hammered 18 doubles, two triples, stole nine bases, with a .384 on base percentage and a .436 slugging percentage. He scored a run in eight straight from April 25-May 2 and doubled in four-straight from May 25-30. He was selected to the Midwest League All-Star Game and was promoted to High-A High Desert on July 24. While with the Mavericks he hit .238 with four home runs and 17 RBI in 29 games. Henry had a 10-game hitting streak from August 14-26.
Henry had a monster season in 2014 spending the entire year in the California League. He hit .291 with 30 home runs and 95 RBI in 114 games. In 430 at bats he scored 79 runs, drilled 26 doubles, five triples, had a .398 on base percentage, and a .584 slugging percentage. He was selected as a Post-Season All-Star and an MiLB.com Organizational All-Star. Henry finished third in the league in home runs, slugging percentage, home runs/at bat (1/14.33), and fifth in on base percentage and extra base hits (61). He reached base safely in 35 consecutive games from June 8-July 31 and had a 27-game streak from April 9-May 24. He hit safely in 12-straight from June 11-27 and 11-straight from May 26-June 5. Henry doubled in back-to-back games six times, homered in back-to-back games twice and homered in three- straight from June 11-13.
The incredible 2014 season got Henry promoted to Double-A Jackson for the 2015 season where he hit .170 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI in 91 games. He was released by the Mariners following Spring Training in 2016 and was signed as a free agent by the Angels organization.
Henry spent all of 2016 with Double-A Arkansas where he hit .213 with 15 home runs and 51 RBI in 102 games. In 352 at bats he slugged 11 doubles, one triple, had a .297 on base percentage, and a .378 slugging percentage. He homered in back-to-back games three times and three-straight from June 18-20. From June 15-25 he hit seven home runs in nine games.
In order to make room for Henry the Saints placed shortstop Joey Wong on the inactive list with concussion like symptoms.
The Saints roster stands at the league maximum 23, 11 pitchers and 12 position players.
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