CLINTON, IA (Jan. 11, 2016) - 2016 LumberKing standout Luiz Gohara has been traded along with fellow Mariners pitching prospect Thomas Burrow to the Atlanta Braves for outfielder Mallex Smith and right-handed pitcher Shae Simmons. Gohara and Burrow both ranked in the top 30 among Mariners prospects, Gohrara ranked fifth and Burrows ranked 25th.
Gohara, 20, will join his LumberKing teammate Alex Jackson in the Braves farm system after Jackson was traded to Atlanta in late November.
In parts of two seasons in Clinton, Gohara established himself as a staff ace, breaking out as a top prospect during the 2016 season. Used exclusively as a starter in Clinton, the Brazilian native posted a record of 5-3 with a 1.83 ERA (13 ER /64 IP) 65 strikeouts and 26 walks as a LumberKing. During the team's postseason run this past year, the lefty earned the win in the series clinching game against the Peoria Chiefs in the first round. He went six innings allowed three runs on five hits while not allowing any walks and striking out eight to earn the win.
Gohara was reward with the start in game one of the Championship series against the Great Lakes Loons. In the game, Gohara was hit hard in his 3 and 2/3 innings of work; allowing five runs on six hits while walking four and striking out five. The LumberKings rallied to win the game, 16-6, but then dropped the next three to fall in the Championship Series.
Burrows, 22, was selected by the Mariners in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB draft out of the University of Alabama. In his first season of professional baseball the lefty went 0-1 with a 2.55 ERA (7 ER / 24.2 IP) for the short season-A Everett Aquasox.
Both of the players the Mariners received in the trade have experience at the big-league level. Simmons, 26, has pitched in 33 games for the Braves and is 1-2 with a 2.54 ERA (8 ER / 28.1 IP) in his Major League career.
Smith, 23, made his Major League debut during the 2016 season with Atlanta. In 72 games the Florida native batted .238 (45H / 189 AB), with three home runs, and 22 RBI.
Hours following the trade, Smith was packaged along with left-handed-pitcher Ryan Yarbrough and shortstop Carlos Vargas to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Major League left-handed-pitcher Drew Smyly. Yarbrough pitched in two games for the LumberKings during the 2015 season.
The Mariners have been one of the busier teams this offseason, with the trade of Gohara now nine former LumberKings have been either traded or selected in the Rule 5 draft.
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.