River City’s Ard, Washington’s Zaragoza Selected as Player and Pitcher of the Week
River City Rascals infielder Taylor Ard and Washington Wild Things pitcher Ernesto Zaragoza have been named the Frontier League Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.
Ard, who is in his fourth season of professional baseball and his second with the Rascals, came into the week on a 3 game hitting streak and saw that rise to 9 games after recording at least one hit in all 6 of his team’s contests this week. He also homered in 5 straight games until having that streak snapped in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Gateway Grizzlies. His monster week included 9 hits in 25 at bats with 5 home runs, 1 double, 6 RBI and 7 Runs scored. It also helped his 2015 statistics jump, with his batting average rising to .325 to go along with 6 home runs and 13 RBI. In his career Ard has spent time in both the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks’ organizations, which included a stint with Arizona last season after being signed away from River City. The 25-year-old Vancouver, WA native was originally selected by Seattle in the 7th Round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of Washington State University, where he played collegiately.
Zaragoza dazzled for the Wild Things in his second start of the season last Friday, throwing a complete game shut out against the Traverse City Beach Bums. Zaragoza held the Beach Bums scoreless on 5 hits while striking out 8 and walking only 1. The win was his second of the season, after he earned a victory on May 30th against Gateway, giving up 3 earned runs on 5 hits in 5 innings of a Washington 6-4 win. The masterful performance against Traverse City pushed Zaragoza’s 2015 earned run average to 1.92 on the season to go along with a 2-0 record and a spectacular 11/1 strikeout to walk ratio. Zaragoza, like Ard, was also originally selected by the Seattle Mariners, going in the 25th Round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft out of Kaiser High School in Fontana, CA. The 22-year-old right-hander spent 2 seasons