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Six Wood Ducks named to Carolina League All-Star game; Hernandez promoted

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It's been a big Monday for the Down East Wood Ducks with the announcement of six of its players being named to the Carolina League All-Start team along with the news that pitcher Hernandez has been promoted.

The players who will be part of the Carolina League All-Star Game on June 19 in Zebulon are RHP Edgar Arredondo, INF Andretty Cordero, INF Chuck Leblanc, LHP C.D. Pelham, OF Leody Taveras, and INF Anderson Tejeda. Leblanc also learned he was honored honors from parent Major League Baseball team the Texas Rangers for May. He was joined on that list by Hernandez and outfielder Eric Jenkins.

During May, Hernandez led the Rangers organization in ERA (1.69), WHIP (0.78), AVG (.150), and SO (45). He led the Carolina League in all of those categories except for ERA. He started Tuesday for Frisco.

The Wood Ducks' game Monday with the Wilmington Blue Rocks was also rained out. A seven-inning doubleheader will be held on Tuesday starting at 6 p.m.

Below are press releases from the Wood Ducks with more information.

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SIX WOOD DUCKS NAMED TO CAROLINA LEAGUE ALL-STAR TEAM

The 2018 Carolina League All-Star Classic rosters were announced on Monday morning and six Down East Wood Ducks have made the southern division team. RHP Edgar Arredondo, INF Andretty Cordero, INF Chuck Leblanc, LHP C.D. Pelham, OF Leody Taveras, and INF Anderson Tejeda were named to the roster for the game on June 19th in Zebulon, NC.

“It’s great that we’re well-represented in the All-Star game,” DEWD manager Spike Owen said. “The six guys that we got are truly deserving. They’ve had an outstanding first-half contributing to the success of our team in a lot of different areas.”

Arredondo, 21, makes his first All-Star roster as a professional in his first full season spent in Advanced-A. The Culiacán, Sinaloa, MEX native is among league leaders in several categories. He’s currently sixth in ERA (2.28), fourth in SO (62), and third in WHIP (0.99). Overall with the Woodies he is 5-2 in his ten starts and set a team record on April 25th with 12 strikeouts and zero walks in a start against Buies Creek.

Cordero, 21, makes his first All-Star roster as a professional in only his second season stateside. The first three seasons of his career were spent in the Rangers Dominican Summer League in Boca Chica, D.R. He is on-pace to shatter career-highs in virtually every offensive category this season. He leads the Woodies with 17 multi-hit games this season and has connected on six home runs this season. The Santo Domingo, D.R. native has also played in a team-high 61 of 62 games this season.

Leblanc, 22, is in the midst of a career-year and will enjoy his first ever All-Star selection as a professional since he was drafted in the 4th round of 2016 from the University of Pittsburgh. He entered 2018 with five homers in 132 career games, and currently has nine this season, good for third-most in the league. He is the Woodies only .300 hitter as he leads the team in R, H, 2B, HR, RBI, TB, XBH, AVG, OBP, SLG%, and OPS.

Pelham, 23, entered the year as a highly touted prospect in the Rangers organization. A consensus Top-30 prospect for Texas by both Baseball America and MLB.com, the closer has been dominant in 2018. He leads the league in saves (10), games pitched (20), and games finished (18). The lefty is one of only eight closers in all of Minor League Baseball with a double-digit total in saves and zero blown saves. It is the first All-Star selection for the Lancaster, SC native.

Taveras, 19, is set to be the youngest All-Star in the game as one of only two teenagers named to a roster. The top prospect in the Rangers organization (MLB.com) earns his first All-Star nod in his third professional season. He has spent his season batting in the first three slots of the order and leads the Woodies in stolen bases and triples. He has also collected seven outfield assists, tied for third-most in the league this season. It is his first All-Star selection.

Tejeda, 20, will be the third-youngest position player in the game in his first All-Star selection. He is currently in a tie for second in RBIs and a tie for fourth in homers for the league. He leads the Woodies in multi-RBI games with 14 this season. The Bani, D.R. native is also a consensus Top 30 Rangers prospect to both Baseball America and MLB.com.

All six players will be enjoying their first All-Star selections in professional baseball. Rosters were compiled via votes from league managers, general managers, each team’s media coverage. The All-Star break begins on Monday June 18th and runs through Wednesday the 20th.

The 2018 Carolina League All-Star Classic presented by US Foods will be on Tuesday, June 19th, at 7:00 p.m. and streamed live on MILB.TV. The Carolina Mudcats will host the week’s events at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, NC.

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WOOD DUCKS AND BLUE ROCKS POSTPONED ON MONDAY

Due to inclement weather at Grainger Stadium on Monday, the series opener with the Wilmington Blue Rocks has been postponed. The teams will makeup the game on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. with two seven inning games. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m.

Fans with tickets to Monday’s game can exchange their ticket for any future home game this season, with the exception of July 3rd. All exchanges must be made the day of the game at the Wood Ducks box office.

The Wood Ducks also encourage fans to participate in our second annual peanut butter drive in partnership with Vivian Howard and the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Any fan who donates a jar of peanut butter will receive a coupon good for a $3 discount on a game ticket.

Also, the first 100 fans to donate a jar of peanut butter will receive two free tacos as part of Taco Tuesday, and be entered to win a $25 Boiler Room Oyster Bar Gift Card.

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THREE WOOD DUCKS EARN RANGERS PLAYERS OF THE MONTH AWARDS FOR MAY

The Texas Rangers announced their Minor League Player of the Month Awards for the month of May on Monday. RHP Jonathan Hernandez, INF Chuck Leblanc, OF Eric Jenkins, and recently added LHP Sal Mendez swept the awards from the club.

Hernandez earns his second consecutive Pitcher of the Month award after not previously having an award in his career. Today the Rangers announced his promotion to Double-A Frisco. During May, he led the Rangers organization in ERA (1.69), WHIP (0.78), AVG (.150), and SO (45). He led the Carolina League in all of those categories except for ERA.

Leblanc was named to his first All-Star team today as one of six DEWDs to join the South Division team in Zebulon. It is also his first Player of the Month award in his career. In May, the Canadian hit .305 in 27 games with seven home runs and 21 runs batted in. His 1.000 OPS led the organization and was fourth-best for the month in the Carolina League.

Jenkins is the second consecutive Wood Duck to earn Defender of the Month honors as Leody Taveras claimed April’s award. The former second round pick became a viral sensation on May 27th when he made an incredible catch flipping over the bullpen fence down Grainger Stadium’s left field line. The outfielder was added to the DEWD roster on May 9th and played in 21 games - all in the outfield - and has a amassed a .988 fielding percentage on the season.

Mendez was added to the roster today in Hernandez’s place to start in his first game at the Advanced-A level. With the Hickory Crawdads, he held opponents to a .156 average out of the bullpen in 10 outings to earn Reliever of the Month. Among qualifying South Atlantic League relievers, Mendez has allowed the 5th-fewest baserunners per nine innings (8.29) this season.

While Hernandez is still only the second starter to ever receive Pitcher of the Month recognition (Emerson Martinez, June 2017), Leblanc is the first Player of the Month for the Wood Ducks. Down East swept the Reliever of the Month awards in 2017 with Ricky Rodriguez (April & June), Brady Feigl (May), Scott Williams (July), and Jeffrey Springs (August/September).

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