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Link-ed to Marlins, Wingnuts' ace sold to Miami

Link-ed to Marlins, Wingnuts' ace sold to Miami
Link-ed to Marlins, Wingnuts' ace sold to Miami
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Wichita Wingnuts ace, Jon Link, has had his contract purchased by the Miami Marlins and will be reporting to Miami's Double A affiliate, according to a Wingnuts press release on August 23, 2014.

This isn't Link's first go-around. Link was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 26th round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft from Bluefield College. Since '05, he's appeared in over 410 minor league games and accumulated 93 saves pitching for a variety of teams including the Padres, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Miami Marlins, and the Detroit Tigers at every minor league level. He made his Major League debut with the Dodgers in 2010 appearing in ten games.

After the Tigers granted Link free agency at the conclusion of the 2013 season, he joined the American Association's Wingnuts for the second time. To say his 2014 season has been dominant is an understatement. In one of his last starts, he struck out a franchise record 16 batters in seven innings, enroute to a 2-1 victory over the Grand Prairie AirHogs.

Link is in the top ten of every major pitching category. He's tied for the league lead in wins (11), second in strikeouts (100), and seventh in ERA (3.26). It's no surprise the scouts have come back around to take a look at him.

Despite years at the professional affiliated level, Link's career hit a snag, but like many others, he used the independent Leagues to springboard himself back in the mix. At 30 years old, Link is by no means washed-up. His 16-strikeout game proved that, as well as his dominance in one of the most talent laden leagues around.