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Marlins trade Pat Rapp for two minor leaguers

July 18, 1997

MIAMI (AP) _ The Florida Marlins traded starting pitcher Pat Rapp to the San Francisco Giants on Friday in exchange for minor-league pitchers Brandon Leese and Bobby Rector.

In addition, the Marlins have recalled right-handed pitcher Livan Hernandez from Triple-A Charlotte.

Hernandez, who is 2-0 with a 4.11 ERA in three starts this season for the Marlins, will move into Rapp’s spot in the rotation and start Saturday’s game against the San Diego Padres. Hernandez was 5-3 with a 3.98 ERA at Charlotte.

Rapp, a right-hander, was 4-6 with a 4.47 ERA in 19 starts for the Marlins this season.

He was originally selected by the Marlins as their fifth pick in the first round of the 1992 expansion draft from the Giants.

Rapp is the Marlins’ career leader with 115 starts, 37 wins, 665 2-3 innings pitched and seven complete games. He is the only Marlins pitcher to throw over 100 innings in four consecutive seasons.

Leese, a 21-year old right-hander, was 7-5 with a 3.05 ERA in 19 starts at San Jose of the California League. He has allowed 99 hits, 38 earned runs, 46 walks and struck out 99 batters in 112 innings.

In 1996, he led the Northwest League with 90 strikeouts and was selected as the No. 6 prospect by Baseball America.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Leese was selected as the Giants’ seventh pick in the June 1996 amateur draft out of Butler University in Indiana.

Rector, a 22-year old right-hander, was 2-3 with a 4.10 ERA in eight starts at Bakersfield of the California League. Rector has pitched 48 1-3 innings, allowed 52 hits, 22 earned runs and 12 walks with 32 strikeouts.

The 6-1, 170-pound Rector was taken by the Giants as their 20th pick in the June 1993 amateur draft.

Both Leese and Rector will be assigned to Kane County, the Marlins’ Class A affiliate in the Midwest League.

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