A former Colonel is steadily climbing the pro baseball ranks.
Dean Kiekhefer is approaching the end of his first season with the Memphis Redbirds, the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Kiekhefer, who was promoted from Double-A Springfield earlier this season, has pitched 32 games this season for Memphis as of Monday.
The left-handed relief pitcher owns a 2-3 record with a 2.54 ERA. He’s struck out 41 batters in 46 innings while pitching a primarily middle relief role.