WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes signed infielder Darren Seferina on Wednesday.
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Seferina (pronounced seff-ur-EE-nuh) is a three-time all-star in the affiliated minor leagues and last played in 2018 where he split time in the St. Louis Cardinals’ and Milwaukee Brewers organizations. The Willemstad, Curacao native hit a combined .214 with 12 doubles, six home runs, 29 RBI, and 17 stolen bases over 97 games for the Double-A Texas League’s Springfield Cardinals, the Double-A Southern League’s Biloxi Shuckers, and the Low-A Midwest League’s Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
“I’m really excited to add Darren,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “He’s a young, explosive player that can do many positive things for a ball club. I love his defensive versatility, and I really feel like he has the type of offensive skill set that can impact a lineup. Darren is a hungry and motivated player.”
Seferina is a lifetime .266 hitter in five professional seasons, and posted an on-base percentage of .354 or better three times in a four-year stretch from 2014-17. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound infielder has averaged 86 runs scored, 26 doubles, 13 triples, seven home runs, 41 stolen bases, and 67 walks per 162 games during his career. Seferina—who will be 26 on Opening Night—emigrated to the United States as a teenager before enrolling at Miami-Dade College in Homestead, Florida. After hitting .405 with 34 stolen bases in 54 contests for the Miami-Dade Sharks as a freshman in 2014, the Cardinals drafted Seferina in the fifth round.
Defensively, Seferina has a career .970 fielding percentage in 325 games at second base while also seeing action at third base and shortstop. A left-handed batter and right-handed defender, Seferina earned all-star honours in 2014 (State College Spikes, Short Season-A New York-Penn League), 2015 (Peoria Chiefs, Low-A Midwest League), and 2016 (Palm Beach Cardinals, High-A Florida State League).
Seferina twice represented Curacao at the Little League World Series, including an international championship and second place overall finish at the event in 2005.
The Goldeyes now have three players under contract for the 2020 season. American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which begins May 7th.
2020 Winnipeg Goldeyes Signings
RHP Victor Capellan
IF Darren Seferina
RHP Andrew Vernon
The Winnipeg Goldeyes open the 2020 season on May 19th on the road against the Cleburne Railroaders. The Goldeyes’ 2020 home opener is on Tuesday, May 26th versus the St. Paul Saints.
For information on 2020 season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group tickets, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com