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X's re-sign outfielder Lang

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The Explorers have re-signed outfielder Michael Lang. The Explorers have re-signed outfielder Michael Lang.
SIOUX CITY - The Sioux City Explorers have re-signed OF Michael Lang. Lang spent the past year and a half in the Arizona Diamondbacks system, after starting his professional career in Sioux City with the X’s in 2012.

Lang, 25, played 35 games with the X’s in 2012 and compiled a .405 batting average, while collecting 49 hits, 7 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs in just 121 at-bats, while  scoring 28 runs and driving in 25 runs.

His contract was purchased by the Diamondbacks and Lang spent the remainder of the 2012 season with the D-Backs Northwest League affiliate in Yakima, WA.  With the Yakima Bears, Lang appeared in 55 games and hit .258, while collecting 50 hits, 10 doubles, 3 triples, and 6 home runs to go along with a .318 on base percentage.  Lang spent the entire 2013 season with the Diamondbacks Midwest League affiliate, South Bend SilverHawks.  In 87 games, Lang compiled a .263 batting average and accumulated 77 hits, 13 doubles, 7 triples, 5 home runs.

“Obviously we wish things would have worked out for Michael with the Diamondbacks, but we are thrilled to have him re-join us for the upcoming season. We hope he comes in here and produces the way he did in this league in 2012, so he gets another opportunity with an affiliated organization in the future,” comments field manager Steve Montgomery.

Lang played his collegiate years at Rutgers University (2008-2011) and made the All-BIG EAST 2nd Team his senior season. The strong arm outfielder was one of the best in the conference recording six outfield assists from his corner outfield position. Over his collegiate years, Lang has been regarded as one of the best in Rutgers history, ranking in the top 10 for career triples (t-3rd, 13), hits (t-4th, 229), total bases (5th, 372), runs (6th, 176), doubles (t-7th, 48) and home runs (t-9th, 23).

“It’s honestly a blessing and honor to be coming back to Sioux City this season as it feels like home to me, stated Michael Lang. Sioux City was the only team that gave me an opportunity to start my professional baseball career and I was very excited when I was offered an opportunity to return this season.  I prayed a lot about it and in my heart I knew Sioux City was where I was meant to be this season.  I am really looking forward to working with Steve and Shane and I hope we can have a championship season.”
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