OAKLAND, Calif. – Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:
- Chris Heston, RHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
- Daniel Vogelbach, INF, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
- Chase De Jong, RHP, optioned to AAA Tacoma.
- Leonys Martin, OF, designated for assignment.
Heston (#32) and Vogelbach (#20) will be in uniform and available for today’s (1:05 PT) game at the Oakland Athletics.
Seattle now has 7 days to trade, release or outright Martin to the minors.
Seattle’s Major League 40-man roster now stands at 39.
Heston, 29, was 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA (6 ER, 17.0 IP) with 19 strikeouts in 3 starts, including one complete game with AAA Tacoma. He has tossed at least 5.0 innings in each start, including a 7.0-inning complete game on April 13 vs. El Paso. At the time of recall, he led Tacoma in strikeouts with 19.
He made four relief appearances with San Francisco last season (6 ER, 5.0 IP) before spending most of the year with AAA Sacramento where he was 2-9 with a 4.54 ERA (41 ER, 81.1 IP) with 53 strikeouts in 15 games, including 14 starts. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list with an oblique strain on June 29 and made 5 rehab appearances before being returned from his rehab assignment on Sept. 6 (not activated). In parts of three Major League seasons with the Giants, he is 13-12 with a 4.16 ERA (87 ER, 188.0 IP) with 148 strikeouts in 38 games, including 32 starts. In eight minor league seasons with San Francisco (2009-2016) and Seattle (2017), he is 49-54 with a 3.63 ERA (353 ER, 874.1 IP) with 726 strikeouts in 154 games, including 148 starts. He was drafted by the Giants in the 12th round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player draft out of East Carolina University (Greenville, NC).
Vogelbach, 24, was hitting .309 (17×55) with 6 runs, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 14 RBI and an .882 OPS in 16 games with AAA Tacoma. At the time of recall, he had an 8-game hitting streak (since April 15), hitting .333 (10×30) with 4 runs, 1 double, 2 home runs and 10 RBI. Over his last 10 games, he’s hitting .351 (13×37) with 5 runs, 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 12 RBI.
He made his Major League debut with Seattle last season, appearing in 8 games in September. He was acquired from Chicago-NL on July 20, 2016 along with Paul Blackburn (rhp) in exchange for Mike Montgomery (lhp) and Jordan Pries (rhp). In seven minor league seasons, he’s hitting .286 (577×2013) with 312 runs, 121 doubles, 7 triples, 85 home runs, 369 RBI and a .391 on-base percentage in 560 career games. He was selected by Chicago-NL in the 2nd round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Florida.
De Jong (dee-yong), 23, tossed 4.0 shutout innings yesterday and has appeared in two games and stints with Seattle this season. He was 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA (2 ER, 10.1 IP) with 10 strikeouts in two starts for AAA Tacoma. He made his Major League debut on April 5 at Houston, taking the loss. He was acquired by Seattle from Los Angeles (NL) on March 1. He was recalled from Tacoma (Overton paternity leave) on Opening Day before being optioned post-game on April 5.
In 2016, De Jong combined for a 15-5, 2.82 mark in 26 starts with AA Tulsa (14-5, 2.86 in 25 GS) and AAA Oklahoma City (1-0, 1.69 in 1 GS) in the Dodgers minor league system. De Jong struck out a combined 133 batters in 147.0 innings pitched in 2016, while walking only 40. Following the season, he was named Texas League Pitcher of the Year and a Baseball America Double-A All-Star. In six minor league seasons, he is 32-21, 3.39 (173 ER, 458.2 IP) in 95 games, 83 starts. For his minor league career, he has nearly a 4-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio, having struck out 426 while walking 111 in 458.2 innings. De Jong was drafted by the Blue Jays in the second round of the 2012 June Draft out of Wilson HS in Long Beach, CA. He was acquired by the Dodgers on July 2, 2015.
Martin, 29, hit .111 (6×54) with 5 runs, 1 double, 4 steals, a .172 on-base percentage and a .130 slugging percentage in 15 games with the Mariners this season. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound outfielder has recorded 14 strikeouts and 3 walks this season. He began the season going 3-for-28 (.107) with 1 run, 1 walk, 10 strikeouts and 2 stolen bases in his first 7 games of 2017 (4/3-10). Over his last 8 games (4/11-20), Martin is 3-for-26 (.115) with 4 runs, 1 double, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts and 2 steals.
Martin was originally acquired by the Mariners along with RHP Anthony Bass from Texas in exchange for RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, OF James Jones and a player to be named later (Partrick Kivlehan, Dec. 2, 2015) on Nov. 16, 2015. The native of Villa Clara, Cuba, has appeared in parts of 7 Major League seasons with the Rangers (2011-15) and Mariners (2016-17), posting a career batting average of .248 (473×1904) with 245 runs, 70 doubles, 18 triples, 35 home runs, 167 RBI and 112 steals in 587 career games.