Hoots pitching shined in the postseason
O’FALLON, Mo. – The Prospect League announced its 2021 East and Western Conference All-Stars today. The star-studded list included two O’Fallon Hoots pitchers, Anthony Klein and Masen Palmier.
Rounding out the West Conference All-Stars starting pitchers was Palmier. In 11 appearances and over 40 innings thrown, Palmier notched 30 strikeouts. The 6-foot-3 hurler registered a 6-1 record and a 3.12 ERA.
“Masen was just a guy we could rely on all year to give us a quality start,” Hoots Manager Matt Brown said. “Whenever he started we knew we had a great chance to win. Halfway through the year, we moved him to the bullpen and he proceeded to get the win in the 1st half clincher. He was just a guy we could run out to the mound and you knew he was going to keep the other team at bay as long as he was out there.”
In addition to an All-Star designation, Klein also received honors for the Galen Woods Fireman of the Year. The award is given to the league’s top reliever each season. Klein appeared in 19 games, earning a 5-1 record and five saves. Over 33 1/3 innings pitched, Klein allowed just three runs on 14 hits, striking out 39 and amassing a 0.81 ERA. The right-handed pitcher owned an opponent on-base percentage of .260, held opponents to .162 slugging and a .125 batting average.
“Anthony Klein was a pitcher that I always knew what I was going to get from him,” Brown said. “It didn’t matter the situation during a game. He was a guy we trusted to come in and get us out of any situation. When we had the lead and we brought Anthony in we knew we were going to win.”
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About the O’Fallon Hoots
The O’Fallon Hoots began play in O’Fallon, Missouri in May 2020 after relocating from Hannibal, Missouri following the 2019 season. For tickets, merchandise, or any team information, visit ofallonhoots.com.