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A-Ball with Erik Oas Episode 11: Strikeout artist Alex Vesia

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LumberKings reliever Alex Vesia talks his path into professional baseball, the difficulty in throwing changeups and being an influence on younger players.

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In Episode 11 of A-Ball with Erik Oas, we offer a full report on the Clinton LumberKings and are joined by reliever Alex Vesia (9:25). The left-handed reliever, who’s been one of Minor League Baseball’s premier strikeout artists in 2019, talks his path into professional baseball, the difficulty in throwing changeups, building team chemistry and being an influence on younger players. We also look forward to newly signed Marlins draftees who could be joining the LumberKings roster later this month (37:00).

Enjoy Episode 11 of A-Ball!

The Marlins selected Vesia out of Cal State-East Bay in the 17th round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Since then, he’s posted a 1.95 earned run average in 64 23 innings pitched (32 appearances) while striking out nearly one-third of all batters faced (33.0 K%).

The 23-year-old is on track to earn a promotion to High-A Jupiter by season’s end.


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 FishStripes.com/podcasts. You can also find them on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Megaphone or wherever you normally get your pods.

Follow Erik Oas (@erik_oas) on Twitter and listen to all LumberKings radio broadcasts on 100.3 WCCI. Follow Fish Stripes on Twitter (@fishstripes) and visit FishStripes.com for full coverage of the Marlins farm system this season.