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June 6, 2013

Five LumberKings picked for All-Star game

CLINTON — Five Clinton LumberKings have been selected to the Western Division roster of the 49th annual Midwest League All-Star Game on Tuesday, June 18, in Dayton, Ohio.

Dario Pizzano, Tyler Marlette, Jabari Henry, Tyler Pike and Dylan Unsworth will represent the LumberKings in the showcase of the Midwest League’s best players. Players are voted on by league managers.

Pizzano was the only LumberKing position player chosen for the starting lineup. The outfielder is batting .294 on the season, playing in a team-high 52 games. Pizzano, 22, is tied for second in the Midwest League with 17 doubles. The Massachusetts native also leads the LumberKings in hits (55), runs scored (31), and runs batted in (31).

Marlette, a catcher, and Henry, an outfielder, were chosen as reserves. Marlette, 20, is batting .324 and has reached safely in 29 of 32 games, including his first 19. Marlette leads MWL catchers with a 1.000 fielding percentage.

Henry, 22, is batting .327 in 34 games with a team-high on-base percentage of .453. Henry has launched four home runs, including a multi-home run game on May 2.

Pike and Unsworth were the two LumberKings’ pitchers selected. Pike, 19, has a 3-3 record with a 2.85 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings. The left-hander leads the league with the lowest batting average allowed by a starter: Opponents are hitting just .194.

Unsworth, 20, is 4-1 and entered play Wednesday with the lowest ERA of any Mariners’ minor league starter at 2.25. The native of South Africa has not walked a batter since April 14. He leads the Midwest League with the fewest baserunners and fewest walks per nine innings. In 62 innings, the right-hander has walked two and struck out 44.

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