Prospect League

Two Gems, two Hoots earn Prospect League recognition

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 22, 2018 1:35 am

QUINCY -- The Quincy Gems and Hannibal Hoots both had two players named to the Prospect League West Division all-star team that was announced Tuesday.

Second baseman Cody Birdsong and outfielder/pitcher Cody Klotz were picked from the Gems, and starting pitcher Dylan Dodd and reliever Jonny Steiner earned nods from the Hoots.

Klotz hit .341 for the Gems this summer with a team-high 13 home runs, 50 RBIs and 12 doubles. He also had five triples and boasted a .622 slugging percentage.

Klotz, a Maryville University product, made eight starts on the mound, going 2-2 with a 3.50 earned run average in 36 innings pitched. He struck out 38 and walked 22.

Birdsong, a Quincy University product, hit .321 with 11 doubles, eight homers and 45 RBIs for the Gems this season despite missing a little more than a week when he took a pitch to the face midway through the season. Birdsong had a .969 fielding percentage with 76 assists and just four errors.

Perhaps the Gems' biggest omission was outfielder Francisco Rodriguez. The graduate from Tarleton State University led the Gems with a .347 batting average, fourth-best in the league. He had 13 doubles, seven home runs and 33 RBIs in 52 games. He recorded a slugging percentage of .558 and a team-best on-base percentage of .451.

Dodd, a left-hander from Kankakee Community College, went 4-1 in eight starts this season and recorded a 2.84 ERA in 441/3 innings. He struck out 60 and walked just seven. Dodd also hit .297 with nine doubles, four home runs and 30 RBIs.

Steiner, a right-hander from Lindenwood-Belleville, made 15 relief appearances and recorded a 0.87 ERA in 202/3 innings. He struck out 35 and walked just six while also recording two saves.

The Springfield Sliders' Richard Miller was named the league's Mike Schimdt Player of the Year after leading the Prospect League with a .373 batting average, 17 home runs, 41 extra-base hits and an .811 slugging percentage.

Miller and Chillicothe's Dillon Dingler were named the Roland Hemond Pro Prospects of the Year, and Kokomo's Gary McClure was named the manager of the year.



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