Looking Back: Introduction of Major League Dreams Showcase
A first of its’ kind event, originally called the Big League Dreams Showcase, the Major League Dreams Showcase was introduced during the 2013 season. Born out of a desire by scouts to see more players in one place outside of the annual NWL All-Star game, the Showcase is now an annual event that features four teams of 25 players chosen by Major League scouts. While the All-Star Game is an event based on accomplishments, the Showcase selection is based on potential.
The players work out during the day in front of Major League scouts and then play a doubleheader that night. The Showcase has been hosted at the Duck Pond in Madison since its’ inception and the proceeds from the event go to benefit the Northwoods League Foundation.
Two former Northwoods League players that participated in the Showcase have gone on to debut in MLB. In the 2017 MLB Draft 41 players that participated in the Showcase were drafted.
Andrew Stevenson (LSU) of the Lakeshore Chinooks participated in the first Showcase in 2013 and went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Stevenson was drafted by the Nationals in the 2nd round of the 2015 draft. He debuted with the Nationals during the 2017 season and is currently in AAA with the Syracuse Chiefs.
Current St. Louis Cardinals infielder Paul DeJong (Illinois State) of the Wisconsin Woodchucks participated in the 2014 Showcase. DeJong went 2 for 4 with two home runs and four RBI in the game. He was drafted in the 4th round of the 2015 draft by the Cardinals and made his debut during the 2017 season. DeJong would play in 108 games with the Cardinals and hit .285 with 25 home runs and 65 RBI. He would finish as the runner up in voting for Rookie of the Year.
2018 MAJOR LEAGUE DREAMS SHOWCASE DETAILS
|TIME||4:05 pm – Game 1|
|7:35 pm – Game 2|
|LOCATION||The “Duck Pond” at Warner Park|
|TICKETS||Tickets will be available through the host team, the Madison Mallards.|
Check out the videos below with interviews and highlights from previous Major League Dreams Showcase events.
Visit our 25th Season Celebration page to read about other memorable moments previously released.