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Three 2019 LumberKings Chosen for Arizona Fall League

August 29, 2019 - Midwest League (MWL) - Clinton LumberKings News Release

CLINTON, IA - Three members of the 2019 LumberKings have been selected by the Miami Marlins to participate in the Arizona Fall League this year. Jerar Encarnacion, C.J. Carter, and Alex Vesia will join the Salt River Rafters this fall.

The Arizona Fall League is a League composed of two divisions of three, with each team made up with players from five Major League clubs. The Marlins players will join prospects from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Minnesota Twins, and Tampa Bay Rays. Being selected to player is considered an honor for the players, who will have the opportunity to showcase their skills among the best in the Minor Leagues across all levels.

The trio from the 2019 LumberKings will be joined by other Marlins prospects incuding former LumberKing Nick Neidert, Jose Devers, Victor Victor Mesa, and Vincenzo Aiello. Neidert was a part of the record setting 2016 LumberKings who were the last Clinton squad in the playoffs before the 2019 LumberKings clinched last night in Burlington.

Encarnacion, played in 68 of 69 games in the first half for the LumberKings, batting .298 and hitting 10 home runs before earning a promotion to High-A Jupiter at the Midwest League All-Star Break. Encarnacion's final at bat as a LumberKing was a go-ahead home run in the MWL All-Star Game.

Carter, who also left after the MWL All-Star Break, appeared in 18 games out of the LumberKings bullpen. He ended with a 2.27 ERA and a proessional career high 39 strikeouts.

Vesia, who appeared in 19 games out of the LumberKings bullpen while striking out 51 batters, was promoted to High-A Jupiter and has since been able to make the leap all the way up to AA Jacksonville where he has yet to give up a run in eight appearances.

A complete List of former LumberKings selected for the AFL in 2019 can be seen below.

Alex Vesia Marlins Salt River Rafters

C.J. Carter Marlins Salt River Rafters

Jerar Encarnacion Marlins Salt River Rafters

Joe Rizzo Mariners Peoria Javelinas

Nick Neidert Marlins Salt River Rafters

Raymond Kerr Mariners Peoria Javelinas

Sam Delaplane Mariners Peoria Javelinas

Seth Elledge Cardinals Glendale Desert Dogs


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