The Foundation: Rock Shoulders is a name to remember

The Foundation: Rock Shoulders is a name to remember
September 20, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Tony Andracki

All baseball prospects in Class-A want to make a name for themselves.

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Mission accomplished for Cubs minor leaguer Rock Shoulders.

Last season, Shoulders won the "Moniker Madness" competition put on by MiLB, taking home the honors as baseball's best name.

"It was exciting to go through that whole thing," Shoulders said. "Everything I do, I want to win. Winning that is definitely an accomplishment, but it's not like we celebrated it or anything."

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Shoulders' real first name is Roderick, but that didn't matter much to the Kane County Cougars or their manager, Mark Johnson.

"[The name] fits him," Johnson said. "I couldn't think of a better person that has that name."

Shoulders, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound slugger has not found his unique name among top prospect lists yet, but was a stabilizing force in the Cougars' lineup in 2013, appearing in 117 games.

He hit 18 homers and drove in 74 runs while compiling a .797 OPS and seeing time at first base, designated hitter, left field and right field.

Shoulders, the Cubs' 25th round pick in 2011, was the only Cougars player to be named midseason and postseason All-Star.

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"At the end of the day, it's just a name," Shoulders said. "That's not going to get me to where I want to be. I have to show my ability on and off the field, be a good person and do the right things always."