TWINS PURCHASE CONTRACT OF LINCOLN’S IBARRA

TWINS PURCHASE CONTRACT OF LINCOLN'S IBARRA

Courtesy Lincoln Saltdogs Media Relations

LINCOLN – The Lincoln Saltdogs announced on Wednesday that the contract of INF Christian Ibarra was purchased by the Minnesota Twins.

Through 19 games for Lincoln this season, Ibarra was hitting .371 with five home runs, eight doubles and a 1.173 OPS. Ibarra will be reporting to the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Kernels, Minnesota’s Class-A affiliate in the Midwest League.

The 23-year old from La Puente, Calif., ranks third in the American Association in batting average and slugging percentage (.700), and, is tied for third in home runs and doubles.

Ibarra earned First Team All-SEC honors as LSU’s starting third baseman in 2013, and helped lead the Tigers to the College World Series that year.

After being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013 he chose to return to LSU for his senior season, and was not selected in the 2014 MLB draft.

Ibarra hit .278 with eight home runs in 58 games as a true rookie for Amarillo (American Association) in 2015.