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Ducks Add Infielder and Catcher to Roster

04/12/2018 10:50 AM -

Alec Sole added; Audie Afenir returns to Flock

(Central Islip, N.Y., April 12, 2018) – The Long Island Ducks today announced the signings of infielder Alec Sole and catcher Audie Afenir. Sole begins his first season with the Ducks while Afenir returns for a second year on Long Island.

“Alec and Audie have both excelled defensively and can each play multiple positions,” said Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff. “We are happy to add their versatility to our roster.”

Sole spent the first four seasons of his career in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He played all four infield positions during that time, compiling a .969 fielding percentage. The 24-year-old played 62 games across three levels in 2017, totaling 13 RBI, 18 runs and six stolen bases. He appeared in a career-high 98 games in 2016, also playing at three levels, and hit .269 with six home runs, 38 RBI, 45 runs, 12 doubles, five triples and 14 steals.

The Holbrook, N.Y. native compiled a career-high .299 batting average during the 2015 campaign, collecting 29 RBI, 26 runs, 13 doubles, four triples and five steals. Prior to his professional career, the Sachem North High School alum played collegiately at Saint Louis University. In three seasons, he batted .316 with 87 RBI, 89 runs, 17 doubles, four triples and 29 stolen bases over 165 games.

Sole was originally drafted by the Rays in the 18th round of the 2014 amateur draft. Afenir returns to the Flock after joining the team first in August of 2017. He appeared in 13 games during the season, going 10-for-44 with one RBI, three runs and four doubles. Prior to joining the Ducks, the California native played seven games with the Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier League.

The 26-year-old spent time over the first three seasons of his career in the New York Yankees organization, reaching as high as Advanced-A Tampa in 2017. In 135 games, he accrued a .253 batting average, four homers, 57 RBI, 60 runs and 25 doubles. The Oral Robert University alum has posted a .994 career fielding percentage, spending time at catcher and first base. Afenir was originally drafted by the Yankees in the 25th round of the 2015 amateur draft.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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