BRISTOL, Tenn. – Cory Rhodes was recognized among the top players in the Horizon Air Summer Baseball Series when he was named to the All-Series Second Team on Aug. 8. Rhodes appeared in 13 games with the Marysville Gold Sox where he led the pitching staff in strikeouts and helped the team to a 29-11 overall record.
In Rhodes' first season with the Gold Sox started seven games and appeared in 13 and tossed 55.1 innings, second most on the team. He led Marysville in strikeouts with 64 while walking just 17 batters. Rhodes held opponents to a team-low .213 batting average and went on to achieve a 6-1 overall win-loss record and a 3.09 earned run average.
The Gold Sox finished 29-11 overall in 2012 and had eight players named to the All-Series First and Second teams, including Rhodes. The Kissimmee, Fla. native is one of only eight players on the 22-man roster that is not from California and traveled the farthest to play with the Sox.
In 2012 Rhodes finished his collegiate season as an All-Conference Second Team selection following a 9-2 season with the Tornado. He finished tops on the team in strikeouts (74), had seven complete games, and matched his summer ball ERA of 3.09 during his sophomore season. He helped guide the Tornado to a 30-20 overall record, 16-11 mark in their first year as a member of Conference Carolinas, and a first round tournament victory over Pfeiffer, 9-4.
Since 2003 the franchise, established in 1995, has placed 60 players inside professional baseball and 45 of those in Major League Baseball or an affiliate club. Highlighting that list is Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Dallas Braden, who was drafted in the 24th round of the 2004 MLB Draft and in 2010 pitched the 19th perfect game in baseball history.
The Horizon Air Summer series is a unique eleven-week long competition among elite college summer wood bat baseball clubs from the Western United States. Fulfilling a mission of keen competition, the Horizon Air Summer Series crosses collegiate league boundaries to form a "league of leagues". For more information on the league, visit www.baseballsummerseries.com.