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CLEBURNE, Texas - The Sioux City Explorers announced they have acquired Sioux Falls Canaries infielder Blake Schmit from the Sioux Falls Canaries for three players to be named later.

Schmit has been with Sioux Falls since 2016. With the Canaries for those three seasons the 26-year-old put together a .293 average as he collected 281 hits. Smacking 39 doubles, scoring 142 runs, and driving in 98 more. Schmit also stole a total of 49 bags stealing an even 20 bases in both 2016 and 2017.

During the 2018 season, Schmit haS put together a .280 average with one home run, 25 RBIs and 27 runs scored through 59 games with the Birds. He also had 14 doubles and nine stolen bases.

Schmit played his college ball at the University of Maryland, he was then drafted by the Minnesota Twins organization in the 26th round of the 2014 MLB Draft. He made it as far as high-A ball with the Fort Myers Miracle. With the Twins affiliates for a total of two seasons Schmit batted .210 with two home runs, 22 RBIs and 23 runs in 58 games played.

With the move The Explorers also have announced that Jay Austin has signed with Quintana Roo of the Mexican League. Austin this season for Sioux City was batting .364, with an on base percentage of .419. He also had scored 43 runs, drove in 36 RBIs while stealing 13 bases.

The Explorers also announced the release of pitcher Will Lamarche. Lamarche for the Explorers was 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 8 appearances out of the bullpen.

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