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 berth.

The team also placed infielder Adrial Fiallo on the bereavement list.  Fiallo has left the team to attend his grandfather’s funeral in Miami.