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Players for Riverpigs, Surge move up to bigger league

Walner Espinal, left, talks to his now-former Tupper Lake Riverpigs teammate Killian Bloat during the team’s opening game Saturday in Tupper Lake. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Tupper Lake Riverpigs’ star Walner Espinal and Saranac Lake Surge catcher Lenin Rodriguez were selected by the York Revolution of the Atlantic League.

Espinal played two games for the Riverpigs before being selected. In his eight plate appearances as a Riverpig, he had three hits, all being home runs, plus two walks, five runs batted in and a .500 batting average.

Playing shortstop for the Riverpigs, he had five put-outs while not committing an error.

Rodriguez, had seven plate appearances having two hits and an RBI. Behind the plate, he had 11 putouts without committing an error.

Espinal and Rodriguez will be joining former EPBL player Tyler Hill. Hill was a catcher for the Saranac Lake Surge in the 2020 season.

Espinal and Rodriguez will be the sixth and seventh former EPBL players to go to the Atlantic League this year however the others left in the off-season.

The Atlantic League is considered the top independent baseball league in the United States and can be compared to AAA minor leagues. Independent league teams are not directly tied to a Major League Baseball team. However, most players within the Atlantic League have played in the MLB or an affiliate.

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