Photo Credit: Drew Wohl/Rockland Boulders
DURHAM, NC- The official statistician of the Can-Am League, Pointstreak, has announced that Rockland Boulders C Marcus Nidiffer (pictured) has been named this week’s Pointstreak Player of the Week for the week ending July 15.
A fixture in the Rockland lineup for five seasons, Nidiffer enjoyed a strong week this week. In his seven games, the Bristol, Tenn. native was 9-for-23 (.391) at the plate with a double, three home runs, and six RBI to his name.
Nidiffer began his week on Tuesday in doubleheader action against the New Jersey Jackals. In the opening game, he went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk in a 3-1 Rockland win. New Jersey won the second game as Nidiffer was 0-for-2 with a walk. On Wednesday, Rockland earned a 5-4 win at New Jersey, and Nidiffer was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a walk in the victory.
The Boulders hit the road to Quebec on Thursday to open a four-game series at the Quebec Capitales. Though the Boulders took a loss on Thursday to open the series, Nidiffer was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a walk. Rockland earned a 6-2 win on Friday, and Nidiffer was a key reason. In the victory, he was 2-for-4 with a walk, and scored three runs. His best game of the week occurred on Saturday, a 3-for-4, two-homer night with three RBI and two runs scored. Unfortunately for Rockland, Quebec still earned the victory. The Capitales clinched the series on Sunday in a hitless game from Nidiffer.
On the season, Nidiffer is hitting .298 with seven doubles, 15 home runs, and 39 RBI. Both his home run and RBI figures rank him fourth in the Can-Am League.
Nidiffer is in his fifth season in Rockland, and has hit at least .251 in each campaign. He blasted a career-best 22 home runs in 2015, and followed that up with a 20-homer season in 2016. Nidiffer also set career highs for doubles (17) and RBI (93) in 2015. Prior to coming to the Can-Am League, Nidiffer spent two seasons with the Traverse City (Mich.) Beach Bums of the Frontier League in 2012 and 2013. His professional career began in the affiliated ranks as a non-drafted free agent signee with the Houston Astros in 2010, where he played in 69 total games in Short Season Class A and Rookie level action. Nidiffer’s most recent affiliated experience came in 2011 with the Los Angeles Angels, suiting up for 68 games with the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Kernels of the Midwest League. He played collegiately at the University of Kentucky.
The Boulders, who sit 29-26 and hold a one-game advantage for the final Can-Am League playoff spot, will enjoy an off day on Monday. Rockland will resume play on Tuesday by opening a two-game series at the Sussex County Miners at 7:05 p.m. The game, like all in the Can-Am League, can be seen live and for free at www.canamleague.tv.
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