Wingnuts Sign Aluko, Trade Prigatano to Sugar Land
WICHITA, Kans. - The Wichita Wingnuts made a pair of moves involving outfielders on Thursday afternoon, signing Isaiah Aluko and trading Richard Prigatano to the Sugar Land Skeeters in exchange for a player to be named later.
Aluko joins the Wingnuts having last played professionally for the Minnesota Twins Gulf Coast League affiliate during the 2016 season. In five games, the 24-year old recorded two hits, including a home run, while playing right field for the GCL Twins.
The 24-year old began his collegiate career at Columbia State Community College, where he helped the Chargers to the 2014 NJCAA World Series as a freshman. Aluko hit .287 with five home runs and 26 RBI, adding eight stolen bases. The following season the lefty posted a .258 average with three more long balls and 14 RBI. For his junior campaign, the Acworth, Georgia native returned to the Peach State at Division II Valdosta State. Aluko played in 17 games for the Blazers, hitting .235 with a pair of homers.
Aluko spent the summer following his junior season playing for the Fairbanks Goldpanners in the Alaska Baseball League, hitting .412 with a home run at the 2016 NBC World Series in Wichita. His performance caught the eye of the Twins, who signed him as a minor league free agent. After being released by Minnesota, Aluko played for the Everett Merchants in the 2017 NBC World Series, posting a solid .348 average and helping the Merchants to the championship game. Aluko was teammates with Wingnuts pitcher Peter Irvin on the Merchants.
Prigatano spent two seasons with the Wingnuts, hitting .256 in his first Wichita campaign before delivering an All-Star season in 2017. The 25-year old hit .316 with a career-best eight home runs and 61 RBI, adding 26 doubles and 34 stolen bases. His 60 career steals rank third in Wingnuts franchise history.
Aluko's signing and the Prigatano trade keeps the number of Wingnuts players under contract for the 2018 season at ten. American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which opens on May 6.
The 11th season of Wingnuts baseball and the club's pursuit of an eighth consecutive division title kicks off with a three-game home series against the Kansas City T-Bones, beginning on Friday, May 18. For information on season tickets, group outings, and party packages, call the Wingnuts main office at (316) 264-NUTS, or visit the Wingnuts official website at www.wichitawingnuts.com.
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