For immediate release – 7/23/2012 - #433
Palase Earning Playing Time in Pulaski
PULASKI, VA – Former Lynchburg College Hornet Richard Palase is making his mark in professional baseball after getting drafted by the Seattle Mariners in early June.
After a short stint in the Arizona League, Palase has played the last few weeks in Pulaski, VA for the Pulaski Mariners of the Appalachian League.
"I started in Arizona and they brought me up to Pulaski about 10 games into the season after a few outfielders got hurt," said Palase. "I found out around 11 p.m. on evening and I was on the next flight out at 3 a.m. I was supposed to be here for two weeks but I have hit the ball well and the Mariners have kept me here longer.
"It's great playing in front of fans every day and I am really enjoying it. The guys on the team are cool - we play basically every day and it is tough riding on the bus for five hours and then getting off to play a night game. You really need to take care of your body because it's a long season and we only get off three days the whole summer so it is a grind."
Palase has played all three outfield positions in his stint with Pulaski. Sunday against the Bristol White Sox, he had a pair of walks and earlier in the month he went 2-3 with a double, a run and an RBI against the Bluefield Blue Jays.
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