Former Canyon del Oro standout C.J. Ziegler named Independent Leagues Player of the Yearby Andy Morales on Oct. 18, 2013, under Sports
Former Canyon del Oro standout C.J. Ziegler named Baseball America’s 2013 Independent Leagues Player of the Year on Thursday, one month after being named the American Association Player of the Year.
The Wichita Wingnuts first baseman hit an American Association record 30 home runs this past season. Ziegler started all 100 games for the Wingnuts while hitting .318 and ranking first in the league with 99 RBI. Ziegler also ranked tied for fourth in runs scored (81), tied for fourth in doubles (32), tied for fifth in walks (58), tied for ninth in on-base percentage (.408), and second in slugging percentage (.645). Ziegler’s accomplishments earned him a spot on the league’s Postseason All-Star Team and he was named the American Association’s Pointstreak Star of Stars
The 27-year-old Ziegler hit safely in 73 of 100 contests and reached with a hit, walk, or hit by pitch in 88 of them. Ziegler was twice named the American Association’s Batter of the Week (June 24th-30th and August 19th-25th). On August 21st at Gary SouthShore, Ziegler hit for the first cycle in team history.
Ziegler was the Tucson Citizen and Arizona’s State Player of the Year in 2004. He played at Pima for two years where he led the ACCAC in home runs in 2006. Played in all 59 games at Arizona his junior year, drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 37th round in 2007 and the San Francisco Giants in the 16th round in 2008.
Former Sahuaro/Pima standout Jared McDonald also plays for the Wichita Wingnuts.
Portions from news release.