Clinton, IA (July 30, 2018) - Clinton LumberKings first basemen and 2018 All-Star Ryan Costello has been traded by the Seattle Mariners to the Minnesota Twins. Costello, who was leading the Midwest League at the time of the trade in home runs, RBIs, games played, and extra base-hits, was packaged along with right-handed pitcher Chase De Jong for left-handed pitcher Zach Duke.
Costello, 22, was the LumberKings everyday first basemen this year after being assigned to Clinton to open the 2018 season. The Seattle Mariners drafted him in the 31st round of the 2017 MLB Draft out of Central Connecticut State University. At the time of the trade Costello led the Midwest League in several offensive statistical categories and was one of four LumberKings to be selected to the Western Division Midwest League All-Star team.
The season for Costello in Clinton featured several career firsts and career highs. He collected his first career multi home run game on May 25th against the Cedar Rapids Kernels in Cedar Rapids and then collected his second in a dramatic LumberKings win to close out the first half in Beloit on June 17th. In the win over the Beliot Snappers, Costello hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to tie the game and then the game winning grand slam in the ninth. The grand slam was the first of his career and one of his Midwest League leading 16 home runs and 70 RBIs.
Costello is likely to begin his time in the Twins organization with the High-A Ft. Myers Miracles of the Florida State League.
In corresponding moves with the Mariners, the LumberKings will be receiving left-handed pitcher Steven Moyers and outfielder Billy Cooke while assigning right-handed pitcher Devin Sweet to the Arizona League Mariners.
The LumberKings will meet the Peoria Chiefs for series finale and homestand finale on Tuesday night. Clinton will throw right-hander Clay Chandler (6-2, 3.60) while the Chiefs will tap righty Paul Balestrieri (7-4, 3.93). Game time is slated for 6:30 PM (CDT). Fans looking to listen to the game can hear Erik Oas on the call on 100.3 FM WCCI and online at lumberkings.com via the tunein radio ap at 6:15 PM with the pregame show.
Tuesdays at Ashford University Field are "Two-Dollar Tuesdays with $2 general admission, $2 box seat upgrades, $2 Miller Lite and Coors Light tall boys, $2 soft drinks, $2 hot dogs, and $2 ice cream available all game long. Also, do not miss your chance to try of the tastiest brews in area as part of the final "Craft Beer Night" of the season.
About the LumberKings
The LumberKings, the only remaining Charter Member of the Midwest League, are in their 63rd season in the league and their 10th as an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Since the club's inception in 1937, 280 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. Advertising and tickets for the 2018 season are available by calling (563) 242-0727 or by visiting lumberkings.com