The roster features 26 new players and 8 returners.
The Bismarck Larks released their full roster for the 2022 season, powered by Frontier Precision. The Larks are back with a roster full of fresh faces and a handful of returners eager to get the season rolling.
The roster consists of eight players that are returning to Bismarck. Of those eight, right-handed pitcher Justin Goldstein and infielder Enrique (Kiké) Hernandez are returning for their third summer with the Larks.
The Larks are coached by third year head coach Will Flynt, who led the team to the 2020 North Dakota Pod Championship and won Northwoods League (NWL) Coach of the Year honors in 2019 with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.
“We have some (MLB) Draft caliber players,” Flynt said. “We have a lot of guys who have been on teams who have done well and found success, and they’re bringing that same mentality for this summer. You can’t get better without playing, and when you’re keeping score, you want to win.”
Steve “Stevie” Adams and Victor Cole will join the staff as assistant coaches this summer.
Adams played baseball at Miami (OH) University from 2006-09 where he hit over .350 each year. Adams broke the school record for hit by pitches, won 2 conference Gold Gloves, and was selected 3 times to the all-conference team. He was inducted into the Miami Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020.
Victor Cole spent 15 years in professional baseball ranging from Single-A baseball to pitching in the MLB for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cole is one of nine Russian-born players to spend time in Major League Baseball. After his time in the MLB, Cole spent time overseas in the Taiwan Major League and Korean Baseball Organization. Finally, he joined the Russian National Team as a player and eventually became an assistant coach helping them prepare for the European Championships in 2020.
Entering his third season with the Larks, Justin Goldstein is looking to help lead his team to victory.
“The Larks have a great culture that I love to be a part of,” Goldstein said. “The fans are great every night and really buy into what the Larks are building. There’s no other way to put it than to say the enjoyment of baseball has brought me back to the Bismarck Larks.”
The entire Larks roster is below:
Position Players (18)
Jackson Beaman C University of Missouri
Garrett Marcias C California State, San Bernardino
Bradlee Preap C Radford University
Tommy Takayoshi C Pierce College
Adam Axtell* INF Point Loma Nazarene University
AJ Barraza INF California State, San Bernardino
Kaiden Cardoso INF Minot State University
Luke Glascoe INF University of California, San Diego
Zen Hiatt INF University of Montevallo
Jake Hjelle INF University of Minnesota-Crookston
Kai Hori INF College of San Mateo
Aaron Mann INF Drury University
Enrique Morales* INF Georgetown College
Dylan Perry INF Kaskaskia College
Daryl Ruiz INF California State, San Bernardino
Reggie Williams INF Colorado State University-Pueblo
Khalid Collymore* OF University of Montevallo
Ryan Curran* OF University of Montevallo
Joshua Alpough RHP University of Montevallo
Seth Brewer* RHP Northern State University
Edwin Colon RHP Northwestern Oklahoma State
Josh Combs LHP Point Loma Nazarene University
Justin Goldstein* RHP Middle Tennessee State University
Luke Hempel RHP California State, San Bernardino
Stephen Klenske RHP Palomar College
Austin Luther V RHP Wittenberg University
Jake Lynch LHP Murray State University
Morgan Mccloud* RHP Texas Wesleyan University
Andrew Paten* RHP Columbia College
Jack Payne RHP Indian Hills Community College
Julio Romero RHP Waubonsee Community College
Will Chauffe LHP Pepperdine University
Two-Way Players (2)
Jordan Sagedahl* RHP/INF South Dakota State University
Joseph Kalafut LHP/INF Edgewood College
*denotes a player returning to Bismarck
The Larks 2022 season starts on June 1 at home against the Rochester Honkers.
The Bismarck Larks are a proud affiliate of the Northwoods League, the proven leader in development of elite college baseball players. The Larks mission is to use FUN to make a difference in the lives of our families, businesses, players, and communities they serve. This is accomplished with a commitment to putting fans first and providing high quality family entertainment at affordable prices. This is the Larks sixth season, and they hope to fill all 1,900 seats at Bismarck Municipal Ballpark, home of Dakota Community Bank & Trust Field. The Larks have 36 home games in the summer and hold events year-round.
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 28th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires, and front office staff, over 280 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live for FREE via the Northwoods League website at watchnwl.com. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.