Prospect League

Four Gems players honored by Prospect League

Posted: Aug. 17, 2019 12:50 am

ELKVILLE, Ill. -- Four members of the Quincy Gems have been named to the Prospect League postseason all-star team.

Joey Polak, Kyle Crowl, Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli and Nick McRandal were all selected to represent the Gems on the West Division squad after a record-setting year in Quincy.

Polak, an incoming junior at Missouri State University and the 2016 Herald-Whig Player of the Year, finished the season with 15 home runs to tie for third in the Prospect League. He also had a .387 average in 124 at-bats and drove in 40 RBIs.

Crowl was the 2019 Prospect League home run king with 19 dingers on the year, one shy of tying the league single season record. Crowl, who enters his senior year at the University of Central Oklahoma this fall, also had 60 RBIs to finish fourth in the league and he was tied for eighth with 14 doubles.

Clark-Chiapparelli also finished tied with Polak for third in the league with 15 home runs. The incoming sophomore for Washburn University led the way in the home run race through much of the summer, but a late injury sidelined him for the final few weeks. Even still, Clark-Chiapparelli finished second in the Prospect League with 19 doubles, tied for third in hits with 75, fourth with a .373 average in 201 at-bats, tied or 11th in stolen bases with 17 and tied for 14th with 44 RBIs.

As a team the Gems set a new Prospect League home run record with 106 homers, shattering the former record of 76 held by the 2012 Chillicothe Paints.

McRandal finished with a 2.79 earned run average for the Gems in 29 innings pitched, the best on the team this season. He also had a team-high 47 strikeouts. McRandal, a sophomore at Mercyhurst University, had a 2-0 record with one save.