Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced the following roster moves prior to today's (11:20 am PT) game at the Chicago Cubs:
· Guillermo Heredia, OF, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
· David Rollins, LHP, optioned to AAA Tacoma.
Heredia (#5) will be in uniform and available for today's (11:20 am PT) game at the Chicago Cubs.
Heredia, 25, hit .340 (36x106) with 21 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 13 RBI, 7 walks, 1 stolen base and a .385 on-base percentage in 26 games with AAA Tacoma. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound outfielder hit safely in 21 of 26 games with Tacoma, including 11 multi-hit games. Prior to being transferred to Tacoma on June 23, Heredia hit .293 (60x205) with 39 runs, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 34 RBI, 36 walks, 2 stolen bases and a .405 on-base percentage in 58 games with AA Jackson.
Heredia signed with the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent on March 1. In six seasons with Matanzas in the Serie Nacional Cuban League, Heredia hit .285 (336x1177) with 231 runs, 57 doubles, 15 triples, 23 home runs and 121 RBI in 374 career games. As a 21-year-old with Matanzas in the 2011-12 season, Heredia hit .343 (125x364) with a .439 on-base percentage and a .527 slugging percentage in 443 plate appearances and won a Gold Glove award in center field. In six games with Team Cuba in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, Heredia hit .167 (3x18) with 2 runs, 1 RBI and 2 walks. Heredia defected from Cuba in early 2015. Prior to signing with the Mariners, Heredia had not played competitive baseball since 2014.
Rollins, 26, is 1-0 with a 7.04 ERA (6 ER, 7.2 IP) with 6 strikeouts and 7 walks in 9 relief appearances over four stints with the Mariners this season. Rollins earned his first career Major League win on June 18 vs. Chicago-AL. Rollins is 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA (7 ER, 30.2 IP) with 26 strikeouts and 1 walk in 24 games with Tacoma this season, all in relief. In parts of 2 Major League seasons with Seattle, Rollins is 1-2 with a 7.44 ERA (27 ER, 32.2 IP) with 27 strikeouts and 15 walks in 29 career games.