Leffler Shines, Pitching Dominates at Major-League Dreams Showcase

Several Prospects Grab Scouts’ Attention During Tuesday’s Double-Header at the Duck Pond

By: Alec Dopp, Madison Mallards PR

Madison, Wis. – Forty-one big league scouts set up camp behind home plate at the Duck Pond Tuesday evening to evaluate the top prospects of summer collegiate baseball in the Northwoods League’s 2015 Major League Dreams Showcase at Warner Park. The day began with extended batting practice and workouts at 12:30 p.m., and eventually concluded with two decisive victories by Visiting Teams one and two – 10-0 and 7-0 victories, respectively – during which a handful of players impressed with the bat and on the mound for scouts in attendance.

One of many hitters who stole the attention of scouts was Willmar Stingers shortstop Tyler Leffler (Bradley), who went 2-for-4 with a home run, double and five runs batted to propel Visiting Team One to victory in the opener of the twin-bill. Cal Stevenson (Nevada), representing the Duluth Huskies, contributed with three runs scored, two stolen bases and a 2-for-3 batting line alongside Leffler. Green Bay’s Ryan Donovan (Hofstra) and Battle Creek’s Dan Swain (Siena) each went yard in the nightcap en route to going a combined 3-for-8 at the heart of Visiting Team Two’s order.

Pitching was exceptionally strong for both visiting squads. Toby Anderson (Minnesota), Lucas Gilbreath (Minnesota), Nick Wernke (West Virginia) and Trevor Charpie (Nevada-Reno) each tallied perfect lone innings in relief for Visiting Team One, combining to hoard five strikeouts and no walks in their appearances. Visiting Team Two received similarly impressive production from Zach Muckenhirn (North Dakota), Jake Stolley (Northwestern) and Ryan Radue (UConn) in the finale, the three of whom combined to surrender just one hit with four whiffs in four total innings.

Despite being unable to muster a run in either game, both home squads featured a handful of noteworthy performances. Mankato Moondogs shortstop Paul Panaccione (Grand Canyon Univ.), batting .299 in regular-season play this summer, went 2-for-4 at the dish in Home Team One’s defeat, while Rochester Honkers outfielder/right-handed pitcher Matt Fielder (Minnesota) whiffed a pair of batters in a scoreless ninth. Hosting the event, the Madison Mallards enjoyed scoreless appearances from both Mike Kaelin (Buffalo) and Tyler Frohwirth (Minnesota State) in game two.

The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 21 year old summer collegiate 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 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit