American Association All-Star Break Review: Sioux Falls Canaries

American Association All-Star Break Review: Sioux Falls CanariesIn American Association Daily, this is the unofficial All-Star break in the American Association, so Robert Pannier takes a look at the Sioux Falls Canaries and how they have performed to this point in the season and take a look at what to expect as the American Association heads to its stretch run.

A Look at the Sioux Falls Canaries: Summary

Record: 26-35, Fourth (8.0 out of First in North Division)
Team Batting: Avg: .263 (T-9th), HR: 49 (4th), R: 264 (8th), SB: 78 (2nd)
Team Pitching: ERA: 4.65 (9th), Saves: 16 (T-4th), WHIP: 1.57 (11th)

American Association All-Star Break Review: Sioux Falls CanariesTeam Leaders
Batting: Mitch Glasser (.301)
Home Runs: Chris Grayson (8)
RBI: David Bergin, Chris Grayson (29)
Runs Scored: Chris Grayson (36)
Stolen Bases: Chris Grayson (21)

Pitchers:
Wins: Dylan Thompson (4)
ERA: Kyle Schepel (2.91)
Saves: Kyle Schepel (5)
IP: Joe Bircher (58.2)

The Sioux Falls Canaries Highlights

When the season began, there was a lot of talk about players such as Jabari Henry, Burt Reynolds, and Chris Jacobs, but it has been the almost fogotten Chris Grayson who has stepped up and become the leader of this team. Grayson is having a fantastic year, hitting .282 with eight homers and 29 RBI. He leads the team in virtually every category, including stolen bases. Grayson has helped to keep this team alive and in the playoff hunt, giving them still a chance.

Maxx Garrett was an early-season addition to Sioux Falls, and has quickly endeared himself to the community through his play and personality. Garrett already has hit a career-high in home runs with eight, and has performed well at the plate and behind it. Plus, the genuine nature of the catcher is making it impossible for anyone to find fault with him.

The Sioux Falls Canaries Low-Lights

When the season began, no one wanted to face the Sioux Falls Canaries. While they might not have been the best team in the division, everyone suspected this team was going to score runs and score them in bunches. Sadly, a number of guys who were expected to hit a lot of home runs have not delivered and the team has struggled as a result, ranked eighth in runs scored.

The pitching staff has not lived up to expectations, and that has been another reason why this team has stumbled. Manager Mike Meyers has retooled the staff over the last month and the results have been positive, but the lack of success in the starting rotation has really been a stumbling block to this team.

Top Player – Chris Grayson

We have already sung his praises earlier in this article, but Chris Grayson is well deserving of some additional accolades. His 21 stolen bases are second in the American Association and he is the team leader in virtually every offensive category. If Sioux Falls should find themselves a little closer in the pennant race, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Grayson get some MVP votes.

Top Pitcher – Dylan Thompson

Dylan Thompson may have an ERA of 4.30, but that has really come from just two bad outings. His other 11 outings have been stellar, and he is more deserving than his 4-5 record would suggest. Thompson has struck out 60 batters in 77.1 innings pitched and has given up two runs or fewer in nine of his 13 starts.

Prognosis

If the Sioux Falls Canaries are going to get into this race, it’s going to have to happen right away. With just about six weeks left in the season, there must be an incredible sense of urgency around the team. They need a run of 10-4 over the next two weeks or they are done.

By Robert Pannier

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