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X’s Acquire 4 players in trade with the Airhogs

X’s Acquire 4 players in trade with the Airhogs

X’s Acquire in 4 players in trade with the Airhogs


SIOUX CITY, IA – The Sioux City Explorers announced today that they have acquired the rights to INF Brian Bistagne, INF Cody Lenahan, RHP Jack Karraker, and LHP Derek Callahan from the Texas Airhogs in exchange for the cash considerations.


Bistagne just completed his seventh season of professional baseball in 2016 as a member of the Texas Airhogs in the American Association. The 28-year-old had a great season in 2016 with the Airhogs, where he compiled a .285 batting average while collecting 101 hits to go along with 36 RBI’s and 24 stolen bases. For his efforts, Bistagne was named to the 2016 American Association All-Star game held in St. Paul, MN on August 2nd.  Bistagne previously played with the X’s during the 2011-2013 seasons.


Lenahan played his college baseball at The University of Portland in Portland, OR.  The 2016 season was the infielders second season of professional baseball and first in the American Association.  The 6 foot 4 left-handed hitter from Escondido, CA lead the Airhogs in 2016 with 27 doubles and was second on the team with 12 homeruns to go along with a .264 batting average. Lenahan started his professional career with the Rockford Aviators in the Independent Frontier league in 2015.  In his first professional season with Rockford, Lenahan hit at a .321 clip in 15 games before having his season cut short due to a broken finger.


Karraker played collegiately at the University of Oregon and the 2016 season with the Airhogs was his first professional season.  With the Airhogs, Karraker appeared in 14 games out of the bullpen and fashioned a 1.93 ERA in 14.0 innings of work while recording 11 strikeouts to just 2 walks.


Callahan pitched collegiately at Gonzaga for 3 seasons. He was selected in the 16th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees and compiled a 2.87 ERA a member of three Yankee affiliates.  In 2016 with the Airhogs, Callahan posted a 4.45 ERA and struck out 20 in 30.1 innings of work.


“We are excited to acquire each of these players as they all had a productive season in the American Association and we look forward to having them apart of our staff as we start to build our roster for the 2017 season, stated X’s field manager Steve Montgomery.”