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Ben Moore became the fifth Miners player since the start of the 2018 season to get picked up by a Major League organization when the Los Angeles Dodgers signed him Thursday.

Moore batted .287 in 37 games last year for Southern Illinois before his season was cut short by a knee injury. He played 64 games as the team's primary catcher in 2017, and committed just two errors in 101 games with the Miners.

Moore also excelled off the field, winning the Frontier League's Fran Riordan Award last year. It's given to a player who exhibits outstanding citizenship in the community.

The departure of Moore and the retirement of Chance Shepard will force Southern Illinois to look for another catcher or two before the season starts in May. The only catcher on its current roster is former Mariners farmhand Arturo Nieto. 

— The Southern 

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