POUGHKEEPSIE – Former Marist baseball player Zach Shank has been promoted to the High Desert Mavericks, the Seattle Mariners’ organization’s High Class A affiliate in the California League.
Shank began his season with the Clinton LumberKings, Seattle’s Class A affiliate in the Midwest League. In 69 games, he batted .302 with six home runs, 30 runs batted in, 49 runs scored and 17 doubles. He also stole seven bases, had an on-base percentage of .378 and a slugging percentage of .460. Defensively, he displayed his versatility by seeing action at every position except pitcher and catcher.
On May 7, Shank played a key role as Clinton came back from a 17-1 deficit in the sixth inning for a 20-17 victory at Burlington in 12 innings. In the contest, Shank hit his first home run of the season, and went 3-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Shank was drafted by Seattle in the 28th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He started all four years as a Red Fox, primarily as a third baseman in 2010 before shifting to shortstop for the 2011-13 seasons. He played in 200 games in his collegiate career, and made 195 starts. As a senior, Shank was named First Team All-MAAC.
Shank finished his Marist career ranked first all-time in program history with 681 assists. He also ranks in Marist’s top 10 in games played, at bats, runs, hits, RBIs, stolen bases and total chances. He improved his batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs scored and total bases every season of his career. Shank was also named to the MAAC All-Academic Team in 2011.
The Marist baseball program has had 17 players drafted in its history, including six since the 2011 season.