CLINTON, IA (Dec. 8, 2016) - Right-handed pitcher, and 2016 Clinton LumberKing, Kevin Gadea will open the 2017 in the Major Leagues following his selection by the Tampa By Rays in this year's Rule 5 draft.
Gadea, 22, made 10 appearances and six starts for Clinton in 2016. The Nicaraguan native was a perfect 3-0 with a 2.15 ERA (12 ER/ 50.1 IP) with the LumberKings during the regular season while also factoring into the team's postseason run.
During the Lumberkings post season run, Gadea earned the win in game two of the Midwest League Semifinals Series against the Cedar Rapids Kernels with six strong innings of work, allowing one run, unearned, walking one, and striking out 11. In his final start with Clinton, Gadea was hung with the loss in game three of the Midwest League Championship Series. He logged 5 1/3 innings against the Great Lakes Loons allowing two runs on two hits while walking two and striking out eight.
Clinton, Class A, is the highest level Gadea has pitched at. Originally an infielder Gadea converted to a pitcher when he was signed by the Mariners in November 2012. His selection by the Rays means that Gadea will have to stay on the Major League roster throughout the season or else be returned to the Seattle Mariners.
As part of the acquisition, the Rays will send $100,000 to the Mariners as compensation for Gadea. Should Gadea be removed from the Rays big league roster, Seattle will be given a chance to buy him back at half the cost or $50,000.
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.