Infielder John Brontsema Joins Sioux City
John Brontsema was first acquired by the Explorers in a trade in December. Last season he was fantastic for the Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am league. In 68 games he posted a .314 batting average and held a career high slugging percentage of .436. He also led the team with 18 doubles. He drove in 34 RBI, scored 39 runs and was second on the team in stolen bases with 14. He split time on the defensive side of the ball between shortstop and third base putting together a .922 fielding percentage between the two positions. He was also named to the Can-Am League All-Star team and converted the second longest hitting streak in the league at 15 games.
A 26th round draft pick by the Kansas City Royals in 2016 after a three year career at UC Irvine where he helped the Anteaters reach the College World Series in his freshman season. In college he hit for a career .253 average with an OBP of .334. He broke into the professional ranks in 2016 playing most of the season at the rookie level but earning the late season call up to High-A Wilmington. Between the two levels he hit for a .337 average and a .386 on-base percentage. He drove in 24 runs and scored 35 himself.
The following year, the offensively talented infielder split time between Wilmington and class-A Lexington. In 74 total games he hit for a .296 average, got on base at a .381 clip and slugged .435. He hit five home runs with 14 doubles, scoring 36 runs and driving in 23.
The 2018 season saw the Santa Barbara, California native reach his highest level with the Royals organization playing the bulk of that season in double-A Northwest Arkansas. He played in 37 games for the Travelers as well as another four for Wilmington. In his three seasons in the Kansas City Royals farm system he played in 165 games he put together a .296 average, collecting 28 doubles, scoring 90 runs, driving in 57 runners and swiping 20 bags.
The Sioux City Explorers 28th season in Siouxland will begin on May 19th at the Kansas City T-Bones. The X’s open up their home schedule on May 26th against the Sioux Falls Canaries. Season tickets, flex tickets, group tickets and luxury suites are now for sale for all 50 Explorers home games for the 2020 season. Simply call (712) 277-WINS (9467) to order your ticket package today.
By Connor Ryan, Sioux City Explorers