Mike Farnell, Matt Warkentin, Cristian Montes and Ripken Reyes

selected of the top prospects in the Northwoods League by MLB Scouts.

Rochester, Minn. — The Northwoods League has announced the rosters for the 2018 Major League Dreams Showcase, which will be hosted by the Madison Mallards at Warner Park on Tuesday, August 7.

The annual Showcase will consist of a double-header featuring the top players from the Northwoods League who were selected by a panel of Major League Baseball Scouts.  The players will participate in a day of workouts in front of scouts which will be followed by the double-header.

The first game will start at 4:05 p.m. and will match two teams featuring a mix of North Division players. The players on the visiting team in this game will primarily come from Willmar, St. Cloud, Bismarck, Duluth and Thunder Bay. The home team will be made up of players mainly from Mankato, Rochester, La Crosse, Eau Claire and Waterloo. Former Major League player and coach Al Newman of the St. Cloud Rox will skipper the visiting team while Dale Varsho of the Eau Claire Express will manage the home team.

The visiting team in this first game will be led by Northwoods League All-Stars Mike Farnell (Murray State), Matt Warkentin (Xavier) and Cristian Montes (SUNY Stony Brook) of the Bismarck Larks along with Troy Newell (Western Kentucky) and Augie Isaacson (Friends University) of the Duluth Huskies and Finn Del Bonta-Smith of the St. Cloud Rox. Isaacson currently leads the league with a .369 average and has 33 stolen bases in 49 games.

The home team in game one will feature the current league leader in home runs Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State). MacDonald was an All-Star this season and has 14 home runs and 65 RBI in 56 games for the Mankato MoonDogs. Justin Slaten (New Mexico) of the Eau Claire Express will also play in this game. Slaten currently leads the league in wins with six, strikeouts with 67 and ERA at 1.18.

The second game will start at 7:35 p.m. and will be played by two teams of South Division players. The visiting team for this game will be made up of players mostly from Rockford, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. The home team will have players from Madison, Lakeshore, Kenosha, Wisconsin Rapids and Wisconsin. Brian Smith of the Rockford Rivets will be the Field Manager for the visiting team. Mallards Field Manager and former MLB catcher, Donnie Scott will be in the dugout for the home team.

In the night cap the visiting team will be led by the 2018 Northwoods League All-Star Game Home Run Derby Champion winner Zach Daniels (Tennessee) of the Kalamazoo Growlers. Seven other Growlers will join him on this roster including 2018 All-Star Mason Shinabery (Huntington). Other All-Stars on this team include Cooper Cain (Valdosta State) of the Rockford Rivets and Leo Perez (Texas A & M- Corpus Christi) of the Green Bay Bullfrogs.

Six members of the hometown Madison Mallards will compete for the home team in the second game. This talented group of players were all All-Stars this season and are led by two players with MLB pedigrees. Tyler Plantier (Richmond) is the son of former Major League outfielder Phil Plantier. Tyler is currently hitting .306 with 13 home runs and 46 RBI. Jake Randa (Northwest Florida State) is the son of former Major League third baseman Joe Randa. Jake is currently hitting .323 with 22 doubles and 43 RBI. On the mound, another 2018 All-Star, Josh Serio (UW-Milwaukee) of the Kenosha Kingfish will bring his talents to Madison. Serio currently has seven saves and 30 strikeouts in 19.1 innings for Kenosha.

Proceeds from the Major League Dreams Showcase will benefit the Northwoods League Foundation.  The Northwoods League Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that serves as a vehicle to transform a shared passion for baseball into positive change and support for communities. Of the many needs the foundation may address through grants, scholarships or donations, one ongoing focus will be to view its member communities and look upon the baseball programs they have in place with a harmonious goal of making them all finer places to live.

More information on the Foundation can be found at northwoodsleague.com/community/foundation/

Tickets for the event can still be purchased and are available at mallardsbaseball.com.

2018 Northwoods League Major League Dreams Showcase

Visiting Team – 4:05 p.m. game

Eli Wilson C Willmar Stingers  SO   University of Minnesota
Cal Greenfield C Madison Mallards FR      University of Florida
Mike Farnell INF Bismarck Larks   JR    Murray State University
Matt Warkentin 1B Bismarck Larks   JR         Xavier University
Augie Isaacson 2B Duluth Huskies   JR        Friends University
Billy Cook 3B Thunder Bay Border Cats           FR                        Pepperdine University
Nick Sogard SS Duluth Huskies   SO Loyola Marymount University
Cam Pearcey OF Thunder Bay Border Cats           JR                     Coastal Carolina University
Brandon Trammell OF Thunder Bay Border Cats           FR                       University of Tennessee
Cristian Montes OF Bismarck Larks   JR       SUNY Stony Brook
Christian Jones OF Duluth Huskies   SO  University of Washington
Omar Maldonado RHP Thunder Bay Border Cats           JR                         Graceland University
Hunter Bigge RHP Duluth Huskies   SO       Harvard University
Troy Newell LHP Duluth Huskies   JR Western Kentucky University
Louie Varland RHP Willmar Stingers SO Concordia University, St. Paul
Kyle Richardson LHP St. Cloud Rox    SO   Texas A & M University
Finn Del Bonta-Smith RHP St. Cloud Rox    JR  San Jose State University
Erik Martinez RHP St. Cloud Rox    SR University of California, Berkeley


Home Team – 4:05 p.m. game









Logan Denholm C Rochester Honkers                    JR                    University of California, Davis
Korey Lee C La Crosse Loggers                    SO                 University of California, Berkeley
Kyle MacDonald 1B Mankato MoonDogs                   JR                      Arkansas State University
Mike Rothenberg INF La Crosse Loggers                     FR                             Duke University
Ripken Reyes 2B/SS Bismarck Larks   JR University of California, Berkeley
Nate Webb 3B Rochester Honkers                    FR                University of California, Riverside
Nick Novak SS/2B Mankato MoonDogs                   SO                       Angelo State University
Braiden Ward OF La Crosse Loggers                     FR                      University of Washington
Drew Hmielewski OF Eau Claire Express                    FR                       University of Minnesota
Donta Williams OF La Crosse Loggers                     FR                          University of Arizona
Brendan Hueth OF Waterloo Bucks  FR    St. Joseph’s University
Tim Holdgrafer RHP Duluth Huskies   JR California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Ryan Anderson LHP La Crosse Loggers                    SO                         University of Nevada
Justin Slaten RHP Eau Claire Express                    SO                      University of New Mexico
John Matthews RHP St. Cloud Rox    SO     Kent State University
Matteo Bochi RHP Rochester Honkers                    JR                           University of Texas
Joshua Culliver RHP Waterloo Bucks  FR   University of Minnesota
Brandon Pfaadt RHP Mankato MoonDogs                   FR                         Bellarmine University

Visiting Team  – 7:35 p.m. game

Logan Michaels C Rockford Rivets SO        Madison College
Jonathan Foster C Kalamazoo Growlers                  JR                        Florida State University
Cole Zabowski 1B Fond du Lac Dock Spiders         SO                       University of Mississippi
Sam Hall 2B Kalamazoo Growlers                  FR                           Clemson University
Jordan Swiss 3B Battle Creek Bombers                JR                  Saginaw Valley State University
Cayman Richardson SS Kalamazoo Growlers                 SO                          University of Virginia
Jason Sullivan INF Kalamazoo Growlers                  JR                     Central Michigan University
Adrian Damla OF Green Bay Bullfrogs                   SO                   University of California, Irvine
Zach Daniels OF Kalamazoo Growlers                  FR                       University of Tennessee
Preston Pavlica OF Green Bay Bullfrogs                   JR                       Grand Canyon University
Sam Crail OF Kalamazoo Growlers                  FR                            Indiana University
Joe Boyle RHP Kalamazoo Growlers                  FR                      University of Notre Dame
Dane Haveman LHP Rockford Rivets SO     Texas Tech University
Cooper Cain RHP Rockford Rivets SO  Valdosta State University
Leo Perez RHP Green Bay Bullfrogs                   FR             Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi
Jon Mierzwa RHP Fond du Lac Dock Spiders          JR                           Catholic University
Tyler Thornton RHP Rockford Rivets SR       Faulkner University
Mason Shinabery RHP Kalamazoo Growlers                 SO                         Huntington University
Jacob Kostyshock RHP Fond du Lac Dock Spiders         SO                        University of Arkansas

Home Team – 7:35 p.m. game

Ty Duvall C Wisconsin Rapids Rafters          SO                          Vanderbilt University
Christian Boulware C Lakeshore Chinooks                  SO                             Panola College
David Vinsky INF Madison Mallards SO    Northwood University
Jack-Thomas Wold 1B Wisconsin Rapids Rafters           FR                University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ben Troike 2B Kenosha Kingfish SO      University of Illinois
Jack Dunn SS Lakeshore Chinooks                  JR                        Northwestern University
Trevor Schwecke 3B Madison Mallards SO University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Jake Randa OF Madison Mallards FR Northwest Florida State College
Jaren Shelby OF Wisconsin Woodchucks             SO                       State College of Florida
Zach DeLoach OF Wisconsin Woodchucks             FR                        Texas A & M University
Tyler Plantier OF Madison Mallards JR   University of Richmond
Carson Ragsdale RHP Madison Mallards SO University of South Florida
Trayson Kubo RHP Wisconsin Rapids Rafters           JR                Stephen F. Austin State University
Alex Stodola RHP Wisconsin Woodchucks             JR             University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Josh Serio RHP Kenosha Kingfish JR University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Trace Norkus RHP Madison Mallards JR University of North Florida
Orsen Josephina RHP Wisconsin Woodchucks             JR                  Palm Beach Atlantic University
Brandon Komar RHP Lakeshore Chinooks                  FR                            Madison College
Austin Jones RHP Lakeshore Chinooks                  SR               University of Wisconsin-Whitewater


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