VIPERS SIGN DAWGS SLUGGER
The Calgary Vipers headed off for their
final regular season road trip today and added their first native
Calgarian to the roster. Tyler Klippenstein, a graduate of the
Calgary Dawgs of the WMBL will join his new teammates in Sioux
Falls, South Dakota on Wednesday. The 6’4” 225 pound slugger can
play both third and first base. This past season with the Dawgs he
hit .295 with five home runs and 29 RBI.
“We saw Tyler at the Northern League
Free Agent Camp in Phoenix”, said Vipers’ Director of Player
Procurement Steve Maddock. “We were looking for pitching then but
we could use a bat off the bench and a good utility player for the
stretch run. We saw Tyler hit a few out of Foothills this season
with the college team including a bomb to win a playoff game and
just waited to find a spot for him.”
Klippenstein was drafted by the Oakland
A’s out of the Prairie Baseball Academy in Lethbridge in the 2002
Major League Draft. He has also played pro with the Vancouver
Canadians in the Single A Northwest League.
The Vipers arrived in Sioux Falls today
with big Juan Thomas who had been the Canaries most popular player
this season. Thomas, acquired on Sunday night smacked his first
home run as a Viper on Monday night.
Calgary sits 3 ½ games behind the Gary
Southshore Railcats in the battle for the league’s wildcard playoff
The team also placed infielder Adrial
Fiallo on the bereavement list. Fiallo has left the team to attend
his grandfather’s funeral in Miami.