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Fuentes tops Appy in hitting

PULASKI — For one Pulaski Mariner, things continue to rise. Catcher Juan Fuentes now leads the Appalachian League with a whopping .460 average. The next nearest person is Princeton’s Elias Otero at .388. 
The week was highlighted Thursday night against Johnson City, when Fuentes went 5-for-5 with two doubles in a 7-3 win.  
Fuentes extended his hitting streak to 18 games. He has tallied one homerun and 18 RBIs so far this season.
Fuentes has helped the Mariners to average .287 at the plate as a team, thus leading the league, ahead of Elizabethton at .277. 
Getting hotter … Pulaski’s Kaliam Sams now leads the Appy League in homers with 10. But on the downside, he is second only to Greenville’s Devon Torrence with 41 strikeouts. 
Even hotter … the M’s have been on a tear themselves, winning 14 of the last 17, marching to the front of the East Division by four games over Danville.  
Nation saving … The M’s Blake Nation is now second in the league in saves. He has five. 
On the air … When Pulaski returns home this week, fans can catch all the action live on Minor League Baseball’s website. Both the Burlington and Princeton series will be broadcast for fans to hear. 
Mariner front … Seattle Mariners Vice President of International Operations Bob Engle today announced the signings of two international free agents.  
Signing with the Mariners organization was outfielder Julio Morban from the Dominican Republic and right-handed pitcher Francisco Valdivia from Nicaragua.  
Morban, 16, is a left-handed hitting outfielder from the Dominican Republic. “We are very pleased to sign Julio,” Engle said. “He has potential to become a solid all-around player with a quick stroke at the plate and with the strength to drive the ball with both line drive and long ball power. He is an above average runner with quickness on the bases, very good range in the outfield and has an above average throwing arm. Julio is a hard working player who should move rapidly through our system.”  
Valdivia, 16, is a 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher from Nicaragua. “We consider Valdivia to have the best pure arm in the July 2nd international market,” Engle said. “He’s built like a bull, very strong with a quick, power arm and hard breaking ball potential. Like many young pitchers he will need to make some adjustments with his mechanics but we like his overall ability and potential.”
Upcoming promotions … Thursday, July 24: Pulaski Community Hospital Night at the ballpark with free wellness checks.

Friday, July 25: Seniors Night, sponsored by the Pulaski Senior Center and Pulaski Retirement Community. Seniors $1 off admission. Saturday, July 26: Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Night.  Sunday, July 27: Military Night, past and present members of the armed services $1 off admission. Monday, July 28: Hokie Nation Night.

Fuentes tops Appy in hitting

PULASKI — For one Pulaski Mariner, things continue to rise. Catcher Juan Fuentes now leads the Appalachian League with a whopping .460 average. The next nearest person is Princeton’s Elias Otero at .388. 
The week was highlighted Thursday night against Johnson City, when Fuentes went 5-for-5 with two doubles in a 7-3 win.  
Fuentes extended his hitting streak to 18 games. He has tallied one homerun and 18 RBIs so far this season.
Fuentes has helped the Mariners to average .287 at the plate as a team, thus leading the league, ahead of Elizabethton at .277. 
Getting hotter … Pulaski’s Kaliam Sams now leads the Appy League in homers with 10. But on the downside, he is second only to Greenville’s Devon Torrence with 41 strikeouts. 
Even hotter … the M’s have been on a tear themselves, winning 14 of the last 17, marching to the front of the East Division by four games over Danville.  
Nation saving … The M’s Blake Nation is now second in the league in saves. He has five. 
On the air … When Pulaski returns home this week, fans can catch all the action live on Minor League Baseball’s website. Both the Burlington and Princeton series will be broadcast for fans to hear. 
Mariner front … Seattle Mariners Vice President of International Operations Bob Engle today announced the signings of two international free agents.  
Signing with the Mariners organization was outfielder Julio Morban from the Dominican Republic and right-handed pitcher Francisco Valdivia from Nicaragua.  
Morban, 16, is a left-handed hitting outfielder from the Dominican Republic. “We are very pleased to sign Julio,” Engle said. “He has potential to become a solid all-around player with a quick stroke at the plate and with the strength to drive the ball with both line drive and long ball power. He is an above average runner with quickness on the bases, very good range in the outfield and has an above average throwing arm. Julio is a hard working player who should move rapidly through our system.”  
Valdivia, 16, is a 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher from Nicaragua. “We consider Valdivia to have the best pure arm in the July 2nd international market,” Engle said. “He’s built like a bull, very strong with a quick, power arm and hard breaking ball potential. Like many young pitchers he will need to make some adjustments with his mechanics but we like his overall ability and potential.”
Upcoming promotions … Thursday, July 24: Pulaski Community Hospital Night at the ballpark with free wellness checks.

Friday, July 25: Seniors Night, sponsored by the Pulaski Senior Center and Pulaski Retirement Community. Seniors $1 off admission. Saturday, July 26: Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Night.  Sunday, July 27: Military Night, past and present members of the armed services $1 off admission. Monday, July 28: Hokie Nation Night.