First-place Wood Ducks sweep weekly awards

Arias, Latz shine for MiLB's third-best team

(Photos via Matthew Edwards/Down East Wood Ducks)

By Carolina League | June 3, 2019 11:27 AM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (June 3, 2019) - The Down East Wood Ducks put together a 5-1 week to push their league-best record to 39-18 behind infielder Diosbel Arias and southpaw Jake Latz, who have earned the Carolina League's Player and Pitcher of the Week awards for May 27-June 2.

Entering Monday's action, Arias, Latz and the Wood Ducks boast a .684 winning percentage, which trails only the South Atlantic League's Delmarva Shorebirds (42-13, .764) and the California League's Visalia Rawhide (37-15, .712) for the top mark in all of Minor League Baseball. Down East owns a magic number of six to clinch the first-half Southern Division championship.

Arias paced all qualified hitters in the Minors in batting average last week, posting a .579 (11-for-19) mark in his six games. The 22-year-old also finished at or near the top of the Carolina League in several categories: runs (7; T-1st), hits (11; 2nd), doubles (3; T-2nd), OPS (1.417, 3rd) and RBIs (5; T-6th).

In his first season within a full-season league, Arias stands fifth among CL qualifiers with a .317 batting average, while he is third with 66 hits and tied for 10th with 31 runs scored.

Latz punctuated the Wood Ducks' seven-game win streak with a stellar performance on Saturday that propelled the former Kent State star to his second weekly honor in the Minor Leagues. The left-hander overwhelmed Salem over seven strong innings, during which he allowed just one hit and struck out nine in a 7-0 Down East victory.

Over his last five starts, Latz has posted a 0.67 earned run average (two earned runs in 27.0 innings pitched). If he had enough innings to qualify, Latz would be third on the circuit with a 2.29 ERA.

The Wood Ducks continue a three-game road series at Lynchburg on Monday at 6:30 p.m., while the team will return home to Grainger Stadium on Thursday for the first of four against Frederick.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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