Mallards Sign a Pair of Cardinals


Jake Snider and Matt McCarty will head to Madison this summer

Madison, Wis. –   The Madison Mallards have added a pair from the top ranked Louisville Cardinals to the team’s roster for the 2017 season. Freshman infielder Jake Snider and right handed pitcher Matt McCarty will be headed to Madison after the conclusion of their season in Louisville.

Snider, a 6’0”, 185-pound freshman infielder from Champaign, IL is in his freshman season at Louisville. Snider played three seasons at Champaign Central High School before finishing his high school career at Louisville Ballard High School. He received All-Area honors in each of his three seasons in Champaign and earned All-State honors twice. In his junior year at Champaign Central he posted a .552 batting average. In his senior season at Louisville Ballard, he averaged .469 at the plate with 12 doubles and 22 RBI. In the conclusion of his 2016 season, he was ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 4 senior in the state of Kentucky.

Snider has begun to make an impact for the undefeated Cardinals. He has played in 12 of the 16 games this spring and is hitting .391 with six RBI.

McCarty, a 6’4”, 200-pound freshman right handed pitcher from Oak Creek, WI will also be joining the Mallards after Louisville’s 2017 campaign. McCarty attended South Milwaukee High School and was a four-year starter and two-year captain. Over the course of his high school career McCarty posted a 17-9 record and struck out 235. During his senior season he posted 1.25 ERA in 44 of innings of work while racking up 63 strikeouts and walking just five. McCarty’s strong 2016 performance earned him All-State honors. McCarty also excelled in the classroom as he was ranked number 1 academically in his graduating class of 281 students.

McCarty has yet to appear in a game for the Cardinals.

The Mallards will open their season at home on Tuesday, May 30th at 6:35 PM against the Fond Du Lac Dock Spiders. Group tickets for the 2017 season are on sale now. Single game tickets go on sale Saturday, April 29th at 9:00 AM. For information call the Mallards Ticket Office at 608-246-4277, email or stop by the ticket office at 2920 N. Sherman Avenue, Madison, WI.


The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 160 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Mallards as your favorite team.