Santiago Named Prospect League All-Star

By John Bohnenkamp

Burlington Bees designated hitter Kevin Santiago was named to the Prospect League’s Western Conference All-Star team on Monday.

Santiago was the only Bees player selected to the team. He hit .307 and had a .927 OPS this season.

Santiago, who played at Texas Wesleyan University, was in his second season with the Bees. He tied for third in the league with 10 home runs, and was eighth in runs batted in with 49. He was 14th in the league in hitting, eighth in slugging percentage (.536) and 22nd in on-base percentage (.391).

Also named to the Western Conference team was Clinton catcher Cade Moss, who plays at Iowa. Moss hit .319 in 29 games with the LumberKings.

Alton’s Eddie King Jr., was named the league’s player of the year. King, who plays at Louisville, hit .310 with 15 home runs and 49 RBIs. He had a 1.072 OPS, and had 31 stolen bases.

Danville’s Khal Stephen, a pitcher from Purdue, was named the pro prospect of the year. Stephen was 4-0 with a 2.02 ERA, striking out 36 in 26 ⅔ innings.

Another Danville pitcher, Josh Leerssen, was named the starting pitcher of the year. He was 5-0 in nine starts with a 0.75 earned run average, striking out 67 in 48 innings.

Danville’s Landon Tomkins was the fireman of the year, with a 3-1 record and six saves. He struck out 40 in 30 ⅔ innings, and had an 0.88 ERA.

Danville’s Eric Coleman was named manager of the year.

Photo: Kevin Santiago was named to the Prospect League Western Conference All-Star team on Monday. (Steve Cirinna/Burlington Bees)

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