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NATIONALS MAKE CORONA NINTH DUCK SIGNED THIS YEAR

Infielder becomes fourth member of Flock signed this month

(Central Islip, N.Y., July 16, 2015) – The three-time Atlantic League champion Long Island Ducks today announced that infielder Reegie Corona has been signed by the Washington Nationals organization. He will report to the team’s Double-A affiliate in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and is the Ducks’ ninth player signed by a Major League Baseball or foreign organization this season (Bobby Blevins, Taiwan; Kevin Vance, Diamondbacks; Trayvon Robinson, Diamondbacks; Mike Blanke, Red Sox; Hector Ambriz, Nationals; Mickey Jannis, Mets; Andrew Barbosa, Braves; Lew Ford, Mexico). He also becomes the 78th Ducks player signed by MLB all-time.

“Reegie stepped into the second base role right away this season and has played outstanding baseball,” says Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff. “He is certainly deserving of this opportunity, and we wish him the best of luck with the Nationals organization.”

Corona departs the Ducks with the second-best batting average in the Atlantic League at .331. In addition, he ranks second in the league in runs (45) and triples (5), third in on-base percentage (.386), fourth in hits (85) and total bases (117) and fifth in slugging percentage (.455). In 65 games, the 28-year-old also totaled three home runs, 31 RBI and 13 doubles and 11 stolen bases in 13 attempts. Defensively, he compiled a .982 fielding percentage.

The Venezuela native spent the first eight seasons of his career in the New York Yankees organization, reaching as high as Triple-A three separate times (2009, 2010 and 2013). In that span, he was selected to play in three All-Star Games (2006, South Atlantic League; 2007, Florida State League; 2009, Eastern League). Corona was originally signed by the Yankees as a free agent in 2003.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.

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