Louis Mele announced his signing with the Canaries Wednesday night. Mele will join former Mustang Brett Marr as a member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball affiliate.
“I’m super excited,” Mele said. “To already know a teammate on the team, I have some comfort in that. Going to South Dakota, I’ve never been there before, so it’s a little nerve racking.”
The 6’3” 233 pound infielder arrived to the Mustangs last summer with the help of former teammate Dixon Marble. The two played together at the New York Institute of Technology.
Mele finished the 2016 season batting .364 with two home runs and 17 RBIs. He also recorded eight doubles, good for second on the roster.
Appearing in 16 games this season, Mele has compiled a .365 batting average through 63 at bats. He is also responsible for 13 Mustang RBIs.
Following his final game as a Mustang at Phil Welch Stadium, Mele has one message for the Mustangs organization and its fans.
“St. Joe has been great to me,” Mele said. “From the beginning, the coaches, the fans just made it all like home. It was a comfortable environment to play at. I’m thankful I was able to come out here.”
Mele plans to make as much of this season’s experience in Sioux Falls. With the season running until September 4, he hopes to attract pro scouts in hopes to eventually sign with an affiliated pro team.
“My ultimate goal is to keep playing,” Mele said. “I want to play as long as possible. That’s why going out to the Canaries in Sioux Falls can help that happen.”