Cats Sign Outfielder

The Thunder Bay Border Cats are proud to announce the signing of outfielder Tyler Rolland from Southern Illinois University.  The junior, from Broken Arrow, OK., has played in 31 games this season and is batting .258 with two doubles and 11 RBI's.   Rolland has an on-base percentage of .410, thanks to 21 walks.

Rolland will be joined in Thunder Bay this summer by a pair of teammates from the Northwestern State University as the Border Cats have signed right-handed pitchers Nathan Aultman and Reid Peavy.

The Cats have also announced that outfielder Nick Heath, a recruit from Northwestern State University, will miss NWL season due to an injury.  The redshirt freshman is scheduled to undergo Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery.  Heath was named the top MLB prospect by Baseball America in the Hamptons Summer Collegiate League after leading the North Fork Ospreys to the 2013 championship.  The Cats are hopeful that Heath will be able to play in Thunder Bay in 2015.  

The Border Cats open the 2014 Northwoods League season at home on Tuesday, May 27th, against the St. Cloud Rox at Tbaytel Park at 7:05 pm.

The Thunder Bay Border Cats are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including CY Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel.  For more information, visit