Dodd, Steiner, Birdsong, Klotz Named Prospect League All-Stars
Two members each from the Hannibal Hoots and Quincy Gems are among the 31 players named to the 2018 Prospect League All-Star team.
The 16 member West Division All-Star squad included Hannibal starting pitcher Dylan Dodd and reliever Jonny Steiner, along with Quincy second baseman Cody Birdsong and designated hitter Cody Klotz.
Dodd had a 4-1 record for the Hoots with a 2.84 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 44 innings. Steiner struck out 35 in 20 innings, with an ERA of just 0.87.
Birdsong hit .321 for the Gems with eight home runs and 46 RBI, while Klotz hit .341 with 13 homers and 50 driven in.
The Danville Dans placed five players on the West Division All-Star team, while Chillicothe was represented by seven players on the East Division squad.
EAST DIVISION ALL-STARS
1B Andrew Czech Chillicothe Paints Walsh University
2B Ian Walters Kokomo Jackrabbits Rend Lake College
3B Gehrig Anglin Champion City Kings Wright State University
SS Maddux Houghton West Virginia Miners Lipscomb University
OF Joe Acker Champion City Kings University of Nebraska
OF Marcos Sanchez Kokomo Jackrabbits SE Community College
OF Dillon Dingler Chillicothe Paints The Ohio State University
C John Sechen Kokomo Jackrabbits University of Illinois Springfield
DH Chad Roberts Chillicothe Paints Northern Kentucky University
SP Michael Jacob Chillicothe Paints University of Toledo
SP Chandler Coates Kokomo Jackrabbits Howard College
SP Chris Modrzynski Chillicothe Paints Western Michigan University
RP Jack Raines Chillicothe Paints Baldwin Wallace University
RP Ben Bulchik Chillicothe Paints Walsh University
RP Josh Konecek Kokomo Jackrabbits University of Missouri
WEST DIVISION ALL-STARS
1B Bryce Ball Lafayette Aviators North Iowa Area Community College
2B Cody Birdsong Quincy Gems Quincy University
3B Adam Lopez Springfield Sliders Southwest College
SS Jason Cryar Lafayette Aviators University of Montevallo
Craig Shepherd Terre Haute REX University of Evansville
OF Richard Miller Springfield Sliders Towson University
OF Zach Huffins Danville Dans Arizona Western College
OF Kam Smith Lafayette Aviators Northern Illinois University
C Ben Bianco Danville Dans University of Louisville
DH Cody Klotz Quincy Gems Maryville University
SP Dylan Dodd Hannibal Hoots Kankakee Community College
SP Steven Washilewski Danville Dans University of Kansas
SP Alec Harris Springfield Sliders Maryville University
RP Matt Gammon Danville Dans Southeastern Illinois College
RP Blake Schilleci Danville Dans Auburn University
RP Jonny Steiner Hannibal Hoots Lindenwood University Belleville
The Galen Woods Fireman of the Year, given each season to the league’s top reliever, is Chillicothe’s Jack Raines from Baldwin Wallace University. The left-handed pitcher from Akron, Ohio, appeared in 20 games during the regular season, allowed just three earned runs and struck out 35 batters over 27 innings and had an ERA of 1.00. Raines collected nine saves on the season, second-most in the Prospect League in 2018.
The 2018 Prospect League Mike Schmidt Player of the Year is Springfield’s Richard Miller from Towson University. The Clarence, New York, native led the Prospect League with a .373 batting average, 17 home runs, 41 extra-base hits, an .811 slugging percentage and 150 total bases. Miller also ranked second with six triples and ranked third in RBIs with 48 and third in doubles with 18.
With a tie in voting, Chillicothe’s Dillon Dingler and Springfield’s Richard Miller are co-Roland Hemond Pro Prospects of the Year. Dingler hit .374 with two home runs and 32 RBIs in 35 games for the Paints. The North Canton, Ohio, native also hit 13 doubles and a pair of triples while splitting time between right field and catcher.
The Prospect League Manager of the Year is Kokomo’s Gary McClure. McClure helped transform a Jackrabbits team that was 13-12 at the end of June into the East Division Champions who went 24-10 to finish the season, hitting nearly .300 as a team in that span.