Southern Illinois pitcher headed to Los Angeles Dodgers
A Miner has become a Dodger.
Josh Kimborowicz, one of the top pitchers for Southern Illinois, has been called up by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, the Miners said Monday on the team's website.
Kimborowicz, a 24-year-old right-handed starting pitcher, was in the middle of a sterling season for Southern Illinois. He had an 8-0 record with a 2.33 earned-run average in 10 starts for the Miners, who won each game he started. In 61 2/3 innings for Southern Illinois, Kimborowicz had 45 strikeouts while allowing 51 hits and 29 walks. He was selected for the Frontier League's West Division all-star team.
Miners manager Mike Pinto said in the statement on the website that the team's staff is happy for Kimborowicz.
“This is a great opportunity for him with the Dodgers organization, who really wanted him,” Pinto said. “His great, fun approach to the game and the hard worker he was will be missed here, but he will always be part of the Miners Family.”
Prior to his arrival in Marion, Kimborowicz, a native of Seattle, was selected by Tampa Bay in the 19th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft out of Everett (Washington) Community College, according to milb.com. In four minor-league seasons prior to this year, he had a 5-6 record with a 2.96 ERA to go with 110 strikeouts, 41 walks and 98 hits in 124 2/3 innings. Kimborowicz played for Princeton in the Appalachian League in 2013, Bowling Green in the Midwest League and Hudson Valley in the New York-Penn League in 2014, and Charlotte in the Florida State League in 2015.
The Miners went 34-17 prior to this season's all-star break.
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