WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes signed infielder Andrew Sohn and left-handed pitcher Kenny Mathews on Thursday.

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Sohn (pronounced SONE) played at two levels in the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization in 2016, hitting a combined .205 with three home runs and 23 RBI in 82 games played.  The Royal Oak, Michigan native scored 24 runs, hit six doubles, stole 13 bases, and drew 35 walks.  Sohn hit .286 during a 10-game stint with the Double-A Texas League’s Springfield Cardinals.  It was the second consecutive year in which the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Sohn reached Double-A.

“I’m pleased to add both Andrew and Kenny to the club,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney.  “They’re both good, young players that are going to be counted on heavily.  Andrew is an athletic infielder who plays hard every day.  Kenny had a lot of success with the Indians, and I like the versatility and experience he brings as a rookie-classified player to the staff.”

Sohn is entering his fourth season of professional baseball, and was originally drafted by the Cardinals in the sixth round in 2014 out of Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, Michigan).  Sohn–who will be 24 on Opening Night–batted .307 with 76 runs scored, 76 RBI, and 36 stolen bases in 146 collegiate games.  A right-handed hitter and fielder, Sohn has helped a team reach the playoffs in each of his first three years as a professional, and won a Short Season-A New York-Penn League championship with the State College Spikes in 2014.  Defensively, Sohn has compiled a career .956 fielding percentage at the second base, third base, and shortstop positions.

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Last year, Mathews made a strong return to the professional ranks after missing the 2015 season recovering from Tommy John Surgery.  The Glendora, California native was 1-1 with five saves and a 3.60 ERA for three Cleveland Indians’ affiliates.  Mathews struck out 30 batters in 30.0 innings pitched, while allowing just eight walks and only one home run.  The 23-year-old Mathews did not allow an earned run in 17 of his 20 relief outings.

Mathews was drafted by the Indians in the seventh round in 2013 out of Riverside Community college (Riverside, California).  During his three-year professional career, Mathews is 3-7 with five saves and a 3.26 ERA in 43 games, 29 of them in relief.  In 88.1 career innings pitched, Mathews has allowed just two home runs.  The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Mathews has held left-handed batters to a lifetime .233 average, while holding the leadoff batter to a .202 clip.

The Goldeyes now have 26 players under contract for the 2017 season.  American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which begins May 6th.

Notes: Sohn’s father, Ray, also played baseball at Western Michigan University…Sohn earned Mid-American Conference (MAC) All-Conference honours as a sophomore in 2013…Sohn lettered in ice hockey while playing at Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan…while playing in the Northwoods League (summer wood bat league) in 2013 for the Alexandria Blue Anchors, Sohn earned the “Big Stick” award for posting the highest batting average (.349) at his position…Sohn appeared in a Major League spring training game for the Cardinals in 2016…Mathews was 3-1 with a 1.23 ERA in 58.1 innings for Riverside Community College prior to being drafted in 2013…Mathews pitched his freshman season in 2012 at Cal State Fullerton (Fullerton, California) where he was 6-2 with a 3.68 ERA in 78.1 innings…like Sohn, Mathews was a multi-sport athlete in high school, lettering in basketball at Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar, California

2017 Winnipeg Goldeyes Signings
OF Reggie Abercrombie
OF Devan Ahart
LHP Kyle Anderson
1B David Bergin
RHP Victor Capellan
RHP Edwin Carl
RHP Ryan Chaffee
3B Wes Darvill
IF Jordan Ebert
RHP Joel Effertz
RHP Icezack Flemming
2B Casio Grider
RHP Caleb Kellogg
LHP Mitchell Lambson
1B Kellen Marruffo
LHP Kenny Mathews
LHP Kevin McGovern
RHP Cameron McVey
RHP Daniel Minor
RHP Zach Nuding
RHP Mikey O’Brien
OF/1B David Rohm
OF Stefan Sabol
IF Andrew Sohn
C Alixon Suarez
RHP Duke von Schamann

The Winnipeg Goldeyes open the 2017 season on May 18th on the road against the expansion Cleburne Railroaders.  The Goldeyes’ 2017 home opener is Monday, May 29th versus the Sioux Falls Canaries at Shaw Park.  Season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings for the 2017 season are on sale now.  For more information, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com

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