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The Sioux City Explorers have signed Canadian and former Minnesota Twin, Rene Tosoni, according to the Sioux City Journal.
Tosoni, a native of Toronto, Ontario was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 36th round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Chipola College. He is entering his seventh professional season, his first in independent baseball.
In 2011, Tosoni appeared in 60 Major League games. In limited action, he hit five homers and collected 22 RBI.
The 27-year-old outfielder has spent the majority of his career in the Twins organization until being released in 2012 to make additional roster space for Matt Carson. He spent 2013 with the Huntsville Stars, the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. With the Stars, Tosoni batted .238 in 131 games. He went deep 11 times and drove in 46.
The glory years of Tosoni's career were spent with the Twins. Statistically, his best minor league season came in 2009. As a member in the New Britain Rock Cats, the Twins Double-A squad, he hit a career high 15 home runs to go along with 70 RBI (also a career high).
Signing with the Explorers was a direct relation to the Brewers granting Tosoni free agency last November. Explorers' field manager, Steve Montgomery, knows that the addition of Tosoni will add leadership on the field and in the clubhouse.
There is still plenty of time left for Tosoni, who batted .341 with Chipola, to make an impact and sign a deal with a Major League club. He has the tools, the experience and has proven that he can contribute at any professional level, including internationally, where he batted .400 for Canada during the 2012 World Baseball Classic qualifiers.
The Explorers take the field in a few short weeks, and it will be only a matter of time before Tosoni gets back on the big stage.