Former Redhawks pitcher makes big league debut against St. Louis Cardinals


ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KBSI) – A former Southeast Missouri State University Redhawks baseball player made his Major League debut Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

He pitched five innings, gave up six hits, zero walks, three strike outs and one earned run.

Dylan Dodd is a native of Danville, Illinois. He became SEMO’s highest draft pick when he was selected by Atlanta in the third round of the 2021 MLB Draft.

Dodd was with Atlanta’s Class A+ Rome, Class A Augusta, Class AA Mississippi and Class AAA Gwinnett teams. He put together a 12-11 career record and held an ERA of 3.87 with 173 strikeouts in 156 innings. Dodd made 30 starts and walked just 34, as well.

Dodd was selected by Atlanta in the third round of the 2021 MLB Draft. That made him SEMO’s highest draft pick.

Dodd was the 2021 Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year. Dodd ended his SEMO career with a 9-2 record and 3.17 ERA in 15 starts. He combined on one shutout, struck out 120 and walked 17 in 96.2 innings, according to Southeast Missouri Athletics.

Dodd led led the OVC in strikeouts, innings, wins and games started, and ranked second in ERA.

He rated 14th nationally in strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.06), 20th in strikeouts and 22nd in victories.

Dodd was also Second-Team Collegiate Baseball All-America, First-Team All-OVC and Second-Team All-American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Division I South All-Region honors during his final season as a Redhawk.

Of SEMO’s last eight draft picks, four were selected by the Atlanta Braves. Those players include Dodd, Trenton Moses (2012), Shae Simmons (2012) and Matt Tellor (2014).

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