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A-Ball with Erik Oas Episode 5: Chris Vallimont

LumberKings Opening Day starter Chris Vallimont joins us to talk D-II baseball, increasing velocity & the chip that is on his shoulder.

Original photo by @LumberKings/Twitter

We give a full report card of the Miami Marlins Low-A affiliate, the Clinton LumberKings, and are then joined by Opening Day starter and Marlins 2018 5th-round pick Chris Vallimont (13:05). Vallimont is performing well this season—2.73 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 26.2 K% in 26.1 IP—after being the first pitcher selected by the Fish in that draft class. The right-hander explains how he developed high-90s fastball velocity and what adjustments he’s made to control it.

Enjoy Episode 5 of A-Ball!

For additional details about Vallimont’s background, check out this piece published on Fish Stripes shortly following last June’s draft.

The Fish Stripes podcast is home to Miami Marlins shows Fish Bites, Earning Their Stripes and A-Ball with Erik Oas. All new episodes are posted to You can also find them on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Megaphone, PlayerFM or wherever you normally get your pods.

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