Dimas Ojeda wins Dan Wilson Award

Ojeda to be honored in Seattle by Mariners

Dimas Ojeda (right) reads to kids during one of his many appearances volunteering in the Clinton community during the 2017 season.

By Clinton LumberKings | August 29, 2017 1:09 PM


CLINTON, IA (August 29, 2017) - Clinton LumberKings outfielder Dimas Ojeda has been announced as the Dan Wilson Community Service Award winner for 2017 season. The Dan Wilson Award is awarded to just one player in the Mariners farm system for a player's commitment to the community in which they play in.

Ojeda, 21, has been with the LumberKings since Opening Day and is in his second professional season. Drafted by the Mariners in the 17th round of the 2016 MLB Draft, Ojeda has been a fixture in and around Clinton during LumberKings community outings.

LumberKings manager Tony Arnerich informed Ojeda of being named the Dan Wilson award winner in a team meeting before the LumberKings Friday night game with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

 "I think this honor is awesome," said Ojeda of the award. "I never would have expected it. It's a great feeling to be recognized for something like this."

"I'm very proud of {Ojeda}. He's out there in the community helping people out," said Arnerich.

Even though Arnerich has only managed the LumberKings since August 10th, he was able to meet and know Ojeda as the Mariners Catching Coordinator for the minor leagues.

"I have gotten to know him pretty well as a coordinator. Which really says something because I would only be here for four or five days and in that time you begin to established a relationship," said Arnerich.

Ojeda is well respected in the club house as a bilingual player who gets along with Latin American, US and Canadian players.

"He's a special kid," said Arnerich. "You can just see how the players in the club house gravitate towards him."

The Fort Worth, Texas native will now begin making plans for a trip in late September to Seattle where the Mariners will honor him the presentation of the Dan Wilson Award. "I won this award because of what my parents taught me growing up. I could not have done it without them," said Ojeda of the trip to Seattle.

The LumberKings will now open their final home series of the season with the first of three games against the Kane County Cougars on Wednesday night. Clinton left-hander Nick Wells (5-9, 6.41) will take the ball for the LumberKings and face Kane County's left-handed pitcher Mack Lemieux (7-5, 4.70). Game time is slated for 6:30 PM with the pregame show on 100.3 FM WCCI beginning at 6:15 PM, Erik Oas will be on the call. Wednesday will be the final "Wing Wednesday" of the season with 50 cent wings all game long.


About the LumberKings


The LumberKings, the only remaining Charter Member of the Midwest League, are playing their 62nd season in the league and their ninth as an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Since the club's inception in 1937, 272 former Clinton players have made it to the Major Leagues. The LumberKings play at historic Ashford University Field located off 6th Avenue North at 537 Ballpark Drive. Tickets to all 70 home games are available by calling (563) 242-0727 or by visiting lumberkings.com

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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