Mariners trade former LumberKings shortstop to Cardinals

Rayder Ascanio played 173 regular-season games with the Clinton LumberKings over the last three seasons. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

The Seattle Mariners traded former Clinton LumberKings shortstop Rayder Ascanio to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday for pitcher Mike Leake, cash considerations and $750,000 of international signing-cap space.

Ascanio played 173 regular-season games with the LumberKings over the last three seasons — six games in 2015, 125 games in 2016, and 42 games at the start of this season. He cumulatively batted .249 with 7 HR, 71 RBI and 19 SB in those games.

In early June he was promoted to the High-A Modesto Nuts, for whom he batted .223 with 4 HR and 24 RBI in 66 games.

Leake began the season strong, possessing a 1.91 ERA after his first nine starts, but has struggled since then. Overall he went 7-12 with a 4.21 ERA, 103 strikeouts and 35 walks in 154 innings (26 starts) for the Cardinals this year. The veteran righty also has pitched for the Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants during his eight-year career.

Ojeda wins Dan Wilson Award

LumberKings outfielder Dimas Ojeda was announced as this year’s winner of the Dan Wilson Community Service Award, which is given annually to a Mariners farmhand who demonstrates commitment to the community he plays in.

Offensively, Ojeda is batting .243 with 3 HR and 31 RBI in 100 games with the LumberKings this season.

8 hits for Ender in DH

Former South Bend Silver Hawks outfielder Ender Inciarte had a big day at the plate Wednesday, going 8-for-10 with a triple, a walk, five runs batted in, two runs scored, and two stolen bases for the Atlanta Braves in their doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. That’s one hit shy of the MLB record for most in a twin bill, last achieved by Los Angeles Angels OF/1B Lee Thomas in 1961.

Inciarte is batting .310 with 10 HR, 50 RBI and 19 SB in 129 games with the Braves this season.

The Venezuela native played 247 games for the Silver Hawks over three seasons (66 games in 2010, 116 games in 2011, and 65 games in 2012), cumulatively batting .261 with 3 HR, 75 RBI and 49 SB in the Midwest League.

Ender Inciarte’s 2012 South Bend Silver Hawks baseball card

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