Sioux Falls Canaries Claim American Association Batting Champ Alay Lago in Dispersal Draft


Infielder Alay Lago is back in the Sioux Falls Canaries’ fold after the team claimed him in the American Association’s 2020 dispersal draft. 

Lago excelled with Sioux Falls, hitting a league-leading .339 and posting 386/.531 with 13 home runs, 30 doubles, and 57 RBIs last year. Plus, the Cuba native earned a Postseason All-Star selection as a second baseman.

Lago was the first Canary to win a batting title since Canaries Hall of Famer Beau Torbert in 2010.
As well as Lago hit overall in 2019, it was at the Birdcage where he excelled. The 29-year-old slashed .405/.451/.607 with seven dingers in 42 games.
That’s good news for Lago and Sioux Falls, as it plays 42 of their 60 games at home in 2020.

Lago moved to the Cleburne Railroaders as part of a blockbuster trade in January that brought back K.C. Huth, Ryan Brett, and Eudis Idrogo to the Birds. The Canaries claimed him as part of a draft from players on teams not participating in the 2020 American Association season. 

“He was one of our best players last year, one of the best players in the league,” Canaries manager Mike Meyer said in a press release. “It was a no-brainer for me to pick him with our first pick. I know he’s a fan favorite, too, so we’re excited to have him back.”

The ’20 campaign will be Lago’s fifth year of pro baseball. His highest level of MLB affiliated ball came with the Double-A Mississippi Braves in 2018. 

— Jerry Del Priore 
    (Photo: Sioux Falls Canaries)

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