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Wingnuts trade for their 2009 star player

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, July 28, 2012, at 7:49 p.m.

The Wingnuts, in first place in their division but struggling to keep the lead, have re-acquired outfielder Greg Porter, who led them to their first playoff appearance in 2009.

Sources confirmed the move Saturday. The club is expected to announce the move Sunday.

Wichita traded infielder Jairo Perez to Grand Prairie in exchange for Porter, whose only season with the Wingnuts earned him numerous accolades, including being named American Association Star of Stars and the independent baseball Player of the Year by Baseball America.

That season, Porter threatened the then-league record of 22 homers before finishing with 21. He batted .372, one point shy of the franchise mark set by manager Kevin Hooper, the team’s shortstop in its inaugural 2008 season. Porter holds the franchise single-season record with 85 RBIs.

The player the Wingnuts are acquiring doesn’t appear to be the same one they had three seasons ago. Porter was batting .262 with seven homers and 33 RBIs, with a .291 on-base percentage and .380 slugging average. In 2009, he got on base at a .453 clip and slugged .617.

Porter is the second player from the 2009 team Wichita has re-acquired. The Wingnuts traded outfielder Ryan Patterson to Fort Worth for Derek Blacksher last year. Patterson was the league’s Star of Stars, but Blacksher helped the Wingnuts to their second playoff appearance in three seasons.

Perez was acquired by the Wingnuts earlier this month and was batting .358 in 14 games. He became expendable when Wichita acquired second baseman Wilberto Perez from Long Island of the Atlantic League.

Wingnuts reliever Andrew Aizenstadt was purchased by the Phillies organization. Aizenstadt (1-0, 3.77 ERA in 10 appearances) is expected to be assisnged to Williamsport in the short-season Class A New York-Penn League.

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