The Sioux Falls Canaries announced the signing of former Augustana College All-American Nate Baumann Thursday.
Baumann, a Marshall High School graduate, played professionally last season in Illinois with the Schaumburg Boomers. He batted .283 with nine home runs and 50 RBIs in 86 games.
The 24-year-old outfielder was a two-time Daktronics NCAA Division II All-American as a member of the Augustana baseball team. He batted .398 in 183 career games with the Vikings and holds several school records, including home runs (49), doubles (49), hits (269), slugging percentage (.712), runs scored (205), RBIs (192), total bases (481) and stolen bases in a season (400).
"We always want to give local guys a chance to play here in Sioux Falls," Canaries manager Steve Shirley said. "Nate can really hit. We're glad to have him and see what he can do for us."
Baumann, who now resides in Sioux Falls, S.D., earned Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference first team all-conference honors three straight seasons with the Vikings. As a senior, he had a .389 batting average with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs with a .719 slugging percentage. He was the only freshman to be named All-NSIC in 2008 when he made the second team.