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C.J. Ziegler
C.J. Ziegler


Tucson, Ariz.

High School:
Canyon Del Oro

Last College:
Pima CC

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 225



Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 37th round of the 2007 MLB draft, but opted to return to Arizona rather than sign.

Arizona 2007

Season: Is the only player to start all 59 games for Arizona ... Batted .355 with 59 runs scored, 23 doubles 13 home runs and 63 RBI ... The 23 doubles and 59 runs scored were team highs for the season ... at No. 6 Arizona State (May 23-25): Hit .385 (5 for 13) with three home runs, seven RBUI and five runs scored ... Washington (May 18-20): Batted .429 (6 for 14) with two doubles, a team-high eight RBI and four runs scored in the series ... USC (May 12-14): Hit .400 (4 for 10) with a double and a run scored ... Liberty (May 4-6): Tied the single game school record for doubles for a second time with three two-baggers ... Finished the series 6 for 15 (.400) with two RBI and three runs scored ... at UCLA (April 27-28): Had just one hit in the three-game series, but made it count. Smashed a three-run homer, his team-leading 10th of the season, in the eighth inning to help lead Arizona to a series-saving 5-3 win on Sunday ... at Washington State (April 20-22): Hit his team-leading ninth HR of the year in Sunday's 5-3 loss ... at Stanford (April 13-15): Went 5 for 11 (.455) with two doubles, his team-leading eighth HR of the year, five RBI and three runs scored ... Cal (April 5-7): Batted .364 (4 for 11) with a double, four RBI and tow run scored ... Scored the GW run in the 11th inning in the series opener and drove in the GW runs in the seventh in the series finale ... No. 2 Oregon State (March 30-April 1): Went 7 for 11 (.636) with two doubles, two RBI and team-high five runs scored in the sweep ... Went 5 for 5 with four runs scored and two RBI in the series-clinching win on Sunday ... Northern Colorado (March 24-25): Batted .308 (4 for 13) with a double, two triples four RBI and three runs scored ... Morehead State (March 20-21): Scored three runs and drove in two others in the series ... at Hawaii-Hilo (March 13): Went 4 for 5 with two doubles, a home run, three RBI and three runs scored ... Eastern Michigan March 2-4): Batted .357 (5 for 14) with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored ... Went back-to-back home runs for a second consecutive game with Brad Glenn in the series opener ... Arizona State (Feb. 27): Hit back-to-back home runs with Brad GLenn in the ninth inning ... at No. 8 Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 16-18): Batted .111 (1 for 9) with a double ... New Mexico (Feb. 9-11): Led all players at the plate with a .545 average (6 for 11). Finished the series with two doubles, two home runs, five RBI and seven runs scored ... Utah Valley State (Feb. 6-7): Went 2 for 3 (.667) with three RBI and two runs scored in two games ... Gonzaga (Feb. 2-4): Began his UA career 5 for 9 with four doubles, five RBI and eight runs scored in three games ... Tied the single game school record with three doubles in his first career start on opening day.

Pima Community College

Played two years at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., for head coach Edger Soto ... Team captain his sophomore season ... Led the ACCAC in home runs in 2006 ... Named second-team all-conference as a sophomore.

High School

Graduated from Canyon Del Oro High School in Tucson, Ariz., in 2004 where he earned three varsity letters in baseball for head coach Keith Francis, UA's current volunteer assistant coach ... Two-time team captain in 2003 and 2004 ... 2004 Arizona state player of the year ... Named all-state his senior season ... Holds CDO's career and single-season batting average and home run records ... Also earned two varsity letters in football as a quarterback for the Dorados ... Holds the CDO records for most passing yards in a game, most touchdown passes and highest completion percentage.

Summer Leagues

Was named a 2006 all-star in the Costal Plain League after leading the league in home runs, slugging percentage and on base percentage ... Participated at the 2003 Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif.


Full name: Craig James Ziegler ... Born: 11/27/85 in Tucson, Ariz. ... Son of Mark and Kimberly Ziegler ... Both parents are graduates of Arizona ... Has a younger brother, Nick, and two younger sisters Stephanie and Becca ... Majoring in history with a minor in business.