Ziegler impressing early in Salem-Keizer's leadoff spot

BOX SCORES: RIC / SK / DSL

Malique Ziegler is doing pretty much everything a modern leadoff hitter is supposed to do for a baseball team. The 20-year-old from Des Moines, Iowa has six steals in six games, for starters. He owns a .452 on-base percentage through 32 plate appearances thanks to both high average (.370) and high walk rate (9.4%). And to add a bonus to what would already be productive leadoff work, he's also hitting for power. Four of his 10 hits this year have gone for extra bases, including two home runs and Wednesday night's triple.

Ziegler reached base three times out of six in the series opener with Hillsboro as the two clubs went into extra innings for the second straight night. I caught the final four innings on MiLB.tv and was able to see Ziegler's sixth plate appearance – a hard-hit line drive hit directly at the left fielder. He turned on an inner-half fastball with quick, strong hands.

The game went 13 innings and fell the Volcanoes way in the top half of the final frame as Kevin Rivera singled to be plated one batter later by an opposite-field triple off the bat of outfielder Juan Rodriguez. Check out the excitement below. Rivera hopped up after the home-plate slide with energy!

A starting pitcher turned out another quality outing for the Volcanoes, and this time the bullpen was able to put together a victory. Stetson Woods struck out six and walked none while giving up two runs on six hits. The final seven innings were shared by four arms, including John Timmins who struck out four while securing the final five outs.

OTHER NOTES

— After a ridiculously good start to the season for right-hander Carlos Alvarado, things have tailed off a bit. Through his first 16.1 innings in 2017, Alvarado owned a 1.61 ERA featuring an insane 50.0 K%. Yes, at that point in time, one out of every two hitters that stepped to the plate against him struck out. But in 11.2 innings since, Alvarado has surrendered 25 baserunners (14 hits, 11 walks) while dropping his unsustainable 50.0 K% to 35.0 K%. 

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Tyler Beede: DNP
  2. Christian Arroyo: DNP
  3. Bryan Reynolds: DNP
  4. Steven Duggar: DNP
  5. Chris Shaw: DNP
  6. Sandro Fabian: DNP
  7. Heath Quinn: DNP
  8. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  9. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  10. Andrew Suarez: DNP
  11. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  12. Matt Krook: DNP
  13. Aramis Garcia: DNP
  14. C.J. Hinojosa: 0-for-3
  15. Reyes Moronta: DNP
  16. Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
  17. Austin Slater: 0-for-5, SO
  18. Kelvin Beltre: DNP
  19. Dan Slania: DNP
  20. Cory Taylor: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 1 K
  21. Chris Stratton: DNP
  22. Chase Johnson: DNP
  23. Jalen Miller: DNP
  24. Melvin Adon: DNP
  25. Garrett Williams: DNP
  26. Dylan Davis: 1-for-3, R, BB, SO
  27. Ryder Jones: DNP
  28. Hunter Cole: DNP
  29. Miguel Gomez: 0-for-4, R, SO
  30. Ryan Howard: DNP

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