POWER HITTING ROOKIE CATCHER RETURNS
Sioux City, IA– The Sioux City Explorers today have announced the signing of C Justin Felix as he will play in his second season of professional baseball and second with the Explorers.
Felix was added to the X’s roster on June 15th of last season. Playing as primarily the backup catcher he made it into 27 games. Twelve of those games were as a catcher with the rest being played in the outfield as the rookie sacrificed to do whatever the team asked of him. He hit .170 but showed flashes of impressive power. In only 53 at bats he had nine hits and five of those were home runs. Giving him a pace of a homer every 10.6 at bats. He scored nine runs, drove in six walked 11 times and also doubled and tripled.
Prior to joining the Explorers the 24 year old rookie was playing collegiately for the Arkansas State Red Wolves. In two seasons he hit for a .257 average, and an .886 OPS. In 107 games, with 18 homers, 26 doubles, 80 runs and 87 RBI. His two seasons in Jonesboro, Arkansas however were split into three years as he missed the 2018 season with an injury and took a medical redshirt. In both seasons led the team in homers and was either first or second in RBI.
The Nogales, Arizona native also spent two seasons at the New Mexico Military Institute. In his sophomore season with the Broncos he led the team in, batting average (.395), on base percentage (.465), slugging percentage (.811), home runs (18) and was second on the team with 64 RBI. He finished third in school history in career home runs. He was named named All-Western Junior College Athletic Conference and the schools Most Improved Athlete for 2016.
His senior season at Nogales High School he was named the Spring Male Athlete of the Year and First Team All-Conference as he helped lead the Apaches to a Division II state runner-up finish.
The Sioux City Explorers 28th season in Siouxland will begin on May 19th at the Kansas City T-Bones. The X’s open up their home schedule on May 26th against the Sioux Falls Canaries. Season tickets, flex tickets, group tickets and luxury suites are now for sale for all 50 Explorers home games for the 2020 season. Simply call (712) 277-WINS (9467) to order your ticket package today.