WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes signed infielder Jose Sermo on Thursday.
Sermo (pronounced SAIR-moh) hit .250 with 14 home runs and 58 RBI over 110 games last season for the High-A Carolina League’s Salem Red Sox (Boston Red Sox). The Bayamon, Puerto Rico native ranked tied for second in the Carolina League in doubles (35) and tied for second in extra-base hits (49), while contributing 55 runs scored, eight stolen bases, and 40 walks. Sermo hit safely in 70 of 110 games played, which included 21 contests with multiple hits. A switch hitter, Sermo batted .292 with eight homers and 35 RBI in 59 games for Salem during the 2016 season after Boston purchased his contract from the Gary SouthShore RailCats.
“I’m really excited about Jose being added to the club,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “Jose is an impact bat who switch hits and plays multiple positions. We have high expectations for Jose.”
Sermo is entering his seventh season of professional baseball, and was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 35th round in 2012 out of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. The 27-year-old Sermo owns a career .434 slugging percentage, and has averaged 78 runs scored, 37 doubles, 16 home runs, 89 RBI, and 52 walks per 162 games played. Sermo reached the Double-A level during his time with Milwaukee, and has seen action at five different positions (second base, third base, shortstop, left field, right field) over the course of 396 professional games. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Sermo was part of the three-way trade on February 6th , 2017 in which the Goldeyes acquired first baseman/designated hitter David Bergin.
The Goldeyes announced three additional transactions on Thursday. Catcher Mason Katz has elected to retire from professional baseball. Katz hit .268 with 19 home runs and 66 RBI in 94 games for Winnipeg last year, including a three-homer performance on the final day of the regular season. Katz was a fourth-round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013 following a stellar collegiate career at Louisiana State University.
Catcher Miguel Gonzalez has accepted a coaching position with the Chicago White Sox’ organization. Gonzalez was signed by the Goldeyes on March 5th, and appeared in five games at the Major League level for the White Sox in 2013.
The Goldeyes also traded catcher Jesse Baker to the Frontier League’s Lake Erie Crushers in exchange for a player to be named later. Baker was signed on November 22nd, and hit .253 with eight home runs and 35 RBI for the Salina Stockade in 2017.
The Goldeyes now have 18 players under contract for the 2018 season. American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which begins May 6th.
2018 Winnipeg Goldeyes Signings
CF Reggie Abercrombie
1B/DH David Bergin
RHP Edwin Carl
RHP Victor Capellan
LHP Zack Dodson
2B Jordan Ebert
RHP Zach Hartman
LHP Kenny Mathews
LHP Kevin McGovern
RHP Cameron McVey
OF Jonathan Moroney
RHP Marshall Pautsch
1B/OF Reynaldo Rodriguez
RHP Charle Rosario
IF Jose Sermo
SS Andrew Sohn
RHP Cody Strayer
RHP Jordan Wellander
Notes: The February 6th, 2017 trade involved the Goldeyes sending left-handed pitcher Ethan Carnes to the RailCats, the RailCats trading Sermo’s reversionary rights to the St. Paul Saints, and the Saints dealing Bergin to Winnipeg…Sermo is a career .529 hitter with the bases loaded (34 at bats), and a .281 career hitter with runners in scoring position (.420 at bats)…Sermo played for the RailCats in both 2015 and 2016, combining for a .338 average against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and Saints…while playing for Salem on July 26th , 2016, Sermo hit three home runs against the Potomac Nationals…the performance included home runs from both sides of the plate