Shank promoted to Mariners’ Triple-A club

By on May 25, 2016
After batting .315 in 32 games with the Jackson Generals, Lititz’s Zach Shank was promoted to the Seattle Mariners’ Triple-A club in Tacoma last weekend.

 

Zach Shank barely had any time to enjoy his 2-for-4 night in the Double-A Jackson Generals’ 5-2 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts last Saturday.

Shortly after the game, the Lititz native learned from his manager, Daren Brown, that he was being promoted to the Seattle Mariners’ Triple-A club in Tacoma, Wash. in the Pacific Coast League.

At the time of his promotion, Shank was batting .315 in 32 games in Jackson (Tenn.).

Following a cross-country flight, Shank was in uniform for the Rainiers in their 8-1 win over the Iowa Cubs last Sunday. The 2009 Warwick High School grounded into an eighth-inning double play, then remained in the game to play second base.

The whirlwind didn’t stop there for Shank, though.

At the conclusion of the Rainiers’ game, they boarded a flight and flew to Austin, Texas to begin a four-game series against the Round Rock Express, the Triple-A affiliate of the Rangers.

On Monday night, starting at second base and facing 15-year big league veteran Kyle Lohse, Shank went 0-for-4 in the Rainiers’ 4-3 loss.

He was at the hot corner in Tuesday’s game and swung a hot bat in the Rainiers’ 3-0 shutout of Round Rock. He went 3-for-3 with an RBI to raise his batting average to .375.

In his fourth year as a professional, this is Shank’s second promotion to Triple-A. Playing 33 games at Tacoma in 2015, he batted .252 with 13 runs, five doubles, two triples, a home run and eight RBI’s.

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