Versatile Infielder Re-Signs With Explorers


Sioux City, IA (March 23rd, 2022) The Sioux City Explorers have announced the signings of OF Ademar Rifaela and INF Blake Tiberi to 2022 American Association Contracts. 

Blake Tiberi is entering his sixth season of professional baseball and second with Sioux City. 

Last season Tiberi played 59 games with the Explorers. He hit seven home runs, ten doubles, drove in 32 RBI and scored 28 runs hit .272 and stole seven bags. 

The Kentucky native caught fire near the end of the season as he hit for a .282 clip during the month of August. In 23 games he drove in 16 RBI, scored 14 runs, hit five homers and collected an OPS of .930. 

Tiberi had a career night on August 18th in game two of a doubleheader against the Kansas City Monarchs. In a seven inning contest that the X’s won Tiberi hit for the cycle, capping it off with a home run in the top of the seventh, he drove in three RBI and scored three runs. 

Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2016 draft, Tiberi spent five seasons with the New York Mets organization. He reached as high as high-A St. Lucie and Brooklyn. He was drafted out of the University of Louisville where in his sophomore season he took home All-ACC conference honors where he hit .340 with 10 home runs and 51 RBI. 

Across his five seasons in the Mets farm system he played in 318 games and hit .239 with 12 homers, 59 doubles and 103 RBI.