CLINTON, IA (Nov. 28, 2016) - Two former Clinton LumberKings are on the move following a trade between the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, November 23. Five players were involved in the trade that sent infielder Jean Segura, outfielder Mitch Haniger, and left-handed pitcher Zac Curtis to Seattle in exchange for 2011 LumberKing right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker and 2012 and 2013 LumberKing shortstop Ketel Marte.
Walker, 24, was highly touted during his time in the Mariners farm system. In 2011, the Louisiana native was named as one of the Mariners top ten prospects and was ranked by Baseball America as the fourth best prospect in all of baseball. Walker was just 18 when he helped to pitch the LumberKings to a playoff appearance in 2011. During his 18 starts in Clinton he posted a record of 6-5 with a 2.89 ERA (31ER/96.2IP) and 113 strikeouts. The following season, Walker pitched for team USA in the All-Star Futures Game before making his MLB debut against the Houston Astros in 2013. In parts of four seasons with Seattle Walker is 22-22 with a 4.18 ERA (166ER/357 IP) and 322 strikeouts.
Marte, 23, came to the Mariners as an international free agent in 2010. The Dominican native began his professional career at the age of 17 and quickly rose through the Mariners organization. Marte was promoted three times during his second season of professional baseball, ending the 2012 season in Clinton. In 2013, Marte spent the majority of the year with the LumerKings. In his 102 games in Clinton, Marte batted .304 (119/392) with no home runs and 31 RBI.
All five of the players involved in the trade have spent time at the big league level. Segura burst onto the MLB scene in 2013 with the Milwaukee Brewers as an All-Star shortstop. This will be his fourth stop with a Major League team during his professional career. During the 2016 season, Segura led the National League in hits, 203, and at-bats, 637, while also setting career highs for home runs, 20, and RBI, 64.
The Mariners have been one of the more active teams during the offseason thus far, with the hot stove looking to heat up further during MLB's Winter Meetings, December 4 to 8 in Washington D.C.
About the LumberKings
The LumberKings are preparing for the 2017 season, as the only remaining charter member of the Midwest League, this will be the 62nd season in the league for Clinton and the 9th year as a Seattle Mariners affiliate. Since 1937, 267 players have made it to the Major Leagues via Clinton. The LumberKings play at historic Ashford University Field located off 6th Avenue at 537 Ballpark Drive. Season Tickets, Bonus Books, and advertising opportunities are available for the 2017 season by calling (563) 242-0727 or by visiting LumberKings.com.