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Dracut’s Barbosa heading to Mariners affiliate

Aaron Barbosa has taken his considerable baseball skills to the Seattle Mariners’ organization.
Aaron Barbosa has taken his considerable baseball skills to the Seattle Mariners’ organization.Mary Albis

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The pitchers and catchers of the Cape League can breathe a sigh of relief.

Last Wednesday, the Seattle Mariners signed Aaron Dracut, a speedy center fielder with a knack for stealing bases, to a professional contract. He arrived in Pulaski, Va., on Monday to join the Pulaski Mariners of the Appalachian League.

“I knew it was a possibility because my coach had been talking to me about it,” Barbosa said. “But definitely, the offer was surprising. I called a bunch of people and asked their opinions and tried to make my own decision. It was tough, but I made the right decision.”

Last year, he started all 57 games in right field for Northeastern University and stole 26 bases.

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