Prospect League

Two for Four: Gems' Rodriguez, Hoots' Kraus take swing at four questions

Francisco Rodriguez
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 1, 2018 7:50 am Updated: Aug. 1, 2018 10:11 am

The Herald-Whig sports staff will go beyond the field each week to find out a little more about the Quincy Gems and Hannibal Hoots.

Francisco Rodriguez

6-foot-1 -- 205 -- R/R

Tarleton State -- Punta de Lata, Venz.

What was your favorite part about this summer?

Getting to hang out with the guys and coming to the park and getting to work. Definitely getting to hang out with the guys, for sure. There's definitely some guys you get really close to, and after the summer is done, you'll still stay in touch with them.

Is there anything you learned about the Prospect League?

I didn't think there would be this many people in the crowds. It surprised me. I didn't think it was this big of a league.

Where do you think your game improved the most this summer?

I've gotten better at seeing balls that are out of the zone. I've gotten better at taking pitches and getting more walks.

If you weren't playing ball this summer, what would you be doing?

Probably studying and taking summer classes. Baseball is more fun, for sure.

 

Tommy Kraus

 Tommy Kraus

5-foot-7 -- 180 -- L/L

Rockhurst -- St. Louis

What was your favorite part about this summer?

Meeting all these people from throughout the country. Graham (Kuck) is from California, and I've never met anyone before from California. I've meet some guys from down south.

Is there anything you learned about the Prospect League?

The level of talent. It's extremely competitive. I hadn't ever heard of the league, and I was really surprised by that.

Where do you think your game improved the most this summer?

Hitting wise, I've added a little more power and drive into my swing. I can put a little more damage into my swing rather than just hitting the ball into play. That was something I needed to improve on in the spring.

If you weren't playing ball this summer, what would you be doing?

My major is in exercise science, so I want to be a physical trainer. Hopefully I'll get an internship with the St. Louis Cardinals here in the future.

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