QUINCY -- The Quincy Gems are losing one of its best players.
Blake Adams, an outfielder from Tarleton State, is heading to Canada to play for the Swift Current 57s in the Western Major Baseball League. He hopes to sign a contract with a team in the Canadian-American Association, an independent professional baseball league, by the end of the summer.
"I played with (the 57s) last summer and had really good relationships with the coaching staff," Adams said. "I think they can help me get to the next level. (Quincy) was a great exposure, and hopefully a combination of the two can help me start a professional career."
Adams was hitting .308 in 65 at-bats for the Gems, with three home runs, three doubles and 13 RBIs. He had been on a hitting tear lately, going 15 for 36 (.416) in his last eight games.
Quincy manager Rick Fraire knows that offense will be missed.
"You can't replace a Blake Adams, but we'll do our best," Fraire said. "Today someone stepped up. We'll miss him a lot and wish him the best, but we've got guys ready to step up."
Rodriguez named Player of the Week
The Quincy Gems had a player receive a Prospect League weekly award for the second straight week.
Outfielder Francisco Rodriguez earned the Player of the Week award after hitting .500 (12 for 24) with a double, two triples while driving in seven runs and scoring 10 times last week.
Rodriguez currently leads the Propsect League with a .409 batting average.
Sliders' Leonetti serving suspension
Springfield Sliders manager Steve Leonetti served the sixth game of his eight-game suspension in Thursday night's 9-1 loss to the Gems.
The Prospect League gave Leonetti a two-game suspension and a $200 fine for comments he made about umpires to the Springfield State Journal-Register in last week's 10-8 loss to the Hannibal Hoots. That suspension was added onto an automatic two-game suspension for being ejected from the game.
Leonetti was booted from an 8-3 loss to the Danville Dans on the following night, and received another two-game suspension. The league added another two-game suspension because he didn't leave in the field in a timely manner.