Former Bees Reliever Now a LumberKing

Left-hander Derrick Saito joins Clinton, LumberKings announce other moves


Clinton, IA – The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners have announced a series of roster moves today.  Left-hander Derrick Saito has joined the club following a three-player deal between the Mariners and Kansas City that sent infielder Yuniesky Betancourt to the Royals.


Saito was originally drafted by the Royals in the 16th round of the June 2008 draft out of Cal Poly.  The Wailuki, Hawaii native went 2-6 with a 4.15 ERA and two saves for Kansas City’s low-A Midwest League affiliate in Burlington this season.  He struck out 53 while walking just 15 over 22 appearances, all in relief.  Saito faced the LumberKings twice as a Bee, going 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA and four strikeouts in 2.0 innings.


To make room for Saito, right-hander Andres Esquibel was sent back to short-A Everett.  Esquibel was 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in eight outings, one start with Clinton this season.


The Mariners also announced two other moves to the Clinton 25-man roster.  Outfielder Steve Moss was released by the organization, clearing space for outfielder Maximo Mendez to return from the disabled list.  Moss hit .238 with nine doubles, four home runs and 26 RBI in 43 games with the LumberKings this season.  Mendez is hitting .203 with eight triples, 35 runs scored and 19 stolen bases, but has been on the disabled list since June 22.


Saito has yet to choose a number.  The Clinton roster stands at 25 active, with two listed on the disabled list.


The LumberKings (7-11) open a three-game series against the Fort Wayne TinCaps (15-3) at Parkview Field tomorrow night.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM central time.  Listen to the game on AM 1390 KCLN in Clinton or live on the web at


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