Baseball Alums Enjoy Success in Pro Ball

Drew Dosch (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Drew Dosch (Photo by Ron Stevens)

Over the past 10 seasons, YSU has had five different players selected in the MLB Draft. A couple of those draftees were active in professional leagues this past season.

Drew Dosch was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the seventh round of 2013 MLB Draft. The former Penguin spent 2017 primarily with the Norfolk Tides, the AAA affiliate of the Orioles. He played in 120 games for the Tides, batting .265 with eight home runs and a team-best 36 doubles. He was second on the team with 58 runs scored, 114 hits, 47 RBIs and 178 total bases.

Dosch was a First-Team All-Horizon League Selection at third base for YSU in 2012 and 2013. He batted .353 as a sophomore in 2012 and .338 as a junior in 2013. The Canal Winchester, Ohio, product was tabbed the top professional prospect in the Horizon League by Baseball America and voted the Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year prior to the 2013 campaign.

Phil Klein spent the 2017 season playing for the Yokohama Bay Stars of the Japan Central League. The former Penguin posted a record of 2-3 and an ERA of 4.75 in seven starts, striking out 27 batters in 36 innings of work. The Bay Stars finished the season with a record of 73-65.

Klein was drafted in 2011 and went on to make appearances for the Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies from 2014-2016.

During his time at YSU, Klein set YSU's single-season record with 15 starts in 2011. He also recorded 105 strikeouts in 2011, the second-highest total for a season in school history. His 92.1 innings that season also ranks as the fifth-most in a season by a YSU pitcher. The Gahanna, Ohio, native finished his YSU career ranking second in strikeouts (258) and sixth in innings pitched (252.0). He was three career strikeouts shy of finishing in the top 10 in Horizon League history.