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April 4, 2013

Rated prospects lead LumberKings


Kivlehan, a multi-sport athlete at Rutgers University, is ranked 18th in the organization. The third baseman began his pro career in Everett and hit .301 with 30 extra-base hits and 52 RBIs in 72 games and was named the Northwest League MVP.

Other high draft picks are Tim Lopes (sixth round), Taylor Ard (seventh), and Grady Wood (10th round). Clinton also has 2012 draftees Blake Hauser (13th round), Brock Hebert (14th), Dario Pizzano (15th), Dominic Leone (16th), Jabari Henry (18th), Scott DeCecco (18th) and Matthew Vedo (24th).

Wood, a right-hander, was 4-0 with a 2.17 ERA in 37 1/3 innings with Everett. Hauser, a right-hander, was 3-1 with a 3.75 ERA in 15 games for Everett. Leone tied for the Everett lead in saves (five) and had a 1.36 ERA in 19 games. The left-handed DeCecco kicked off his pro career with Everett in ’12. Vedo had a 3.92 ERA in 16 appearances with Everett.

The pitching staff also includes Matt Anderson, who did not allow a run in 8 2/3 innings in the Arizona League; Oliver Garcia, who was 2-0 with a 3.80 ERA in 19 games for Everett; Dave Holman, who ranked third in the Appalachian League with eight saves; and Dylan Unsworth, who was 7-2 with a 3.90 ERA for Everett.

The roster lists seven players as infielders, including Kivlehan and Marte.

Lopes, who doesn’t turn 19 until June 24, hit .316 in 53 games in the Arizona League last year. Baseball America tabbed him as the Mariners’ 25th-best prospect. Last year with Everett, Ard hit .284 with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs in 75 games. He was named Everett’s MVP by the Mariners. Hebert, the Southland Conference hitter and player of the year, began his first pro season with Pulaski and was promoted to Everett.

Infielders Keith Werman and Jordy Lara will both be counted on to play a variety of positions. Werman split 2012 between the Arizona League Mariners, Pulaski and Everett. Lara spent 2012 with Pulaski and collected 58 hits in 63 games with eight homers and 41 RBIs.

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