October 20, 2013
Welcome to the latest edition of the Indy Ball Weekly Perspective.
- The Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association announced that their 2013 season was one of historic proportions. The 26 percent increase in attendance (30,590) was the second most in all of independent baseball, coming in behind the Ft. Worth Cats of United League Baseball (32,462). Since 2011, the Canaries have seen an overall increase of 115 percent and 72 percent since 2012. 2014 will be the Canaries' 22nd year in professional baseball.
- The Atlantic Association's St. Paul Saints have finalized a lease for their stadium, according to the Star Tribune. The terms state that most of the operating and maintenance expenses are assigned to the Saints, while giving a piece of the sale-should it be sold before 2020-to the city, as well as part of the annual proceeds. Construction is set to begin in early 2014 with a price tag over $60 million.
- C.J. Ziegler has been named Baseball America's Independent Player of the Year. Ziegler, who was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 16th round of the 2008 June Amateur Draft from the University of Arizona, spent two years in the Giants organization. His best season came in 2009 batting .272 with seven home runs and 51 RBI, while splitting time between three different levels. In 2011 he joined the Traverse City Beach Bums where his career began to flourish. In four indy seasons Ziegler has a .297 career batting average, with 85 home runs and 292 RBI. In 2013 he belted and American Association record 30 home runs, ranked first in batting average (.318) and RBI (99).
- Baseball America has also released its list of Top Ten Prospects. K.C. Serna, shortstop for the Amarillo Sox of the American Association, receives top billing. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 46th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur draft out of the University of Oregon. Despite some off-field issues that affected his draft status, according to J.J. Cooper of BA, Serna has proven the critics wrong. Pace Perez (2), and Race Parmenter (6), who were recently signed by the Atlanta Braves, made the prestigious list, which included BA POY C.J. Ziegler (8).
- The Evansville Otters began play in 1995 and accomplished something they have never done. Over 140,000 passed through the gates, and the 3,200 who attended each game, led the league for the first time in their history.
- A big congratulations goes out to the Trois-Rivieres Aigles of the Can-Am League. The first year franchise has been named Organization of the Year. The club is owned by former CY Young Award winner Eric Gagne and ex-Montreal Canadien Marc-Andre Bergeron.