Former Mallard Frank German Debuts with the Red Sox

German is the 308th former Northwoods League player to debut in MLB

Rochester, Minn. – Former Madison Mallard Frank German made his Major League debut for the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, September 17, 2022. German is the 308th former Northwoods League player to reach the Major League level.

German, who played collegiately at the University of North Florida, played for the Mallards in 2016. He was drafted in the 4th round of the 2018 MLB draft by the Yankees.

In 2016 with the Mallards German appeared in 11 games and was 5-3 with a 2.60 ERA. He struck out 38 batters in 45.0 innings.

German began his professional career in 2018 with the Yankees Rookie team in the Gulf Coast League. He pitched in one game and then was sent to the Staten Island Yankees of the Short-Season A New York-Penn League. For the season he pitched in 11 games and was 1-3 with a 2.08 ERA. He struck out 41 batters in 30.1 innings and saved one game.

German started the 2019 season in the Gulf Coast League again with the Yankees West team. After one appearance he then pitched for the Yankees East team in the same league. He then was promoted to the Tampa Tarpons of the Hi-A Florida State League. In 19 games and was 4-5 with a 4.11 ERA over 81.0 innings. He struck out 87 and walked 38.

In January of 2021 German was part of a trade with Boston that sent him to the Red Sox in exchange for Adam Ottavino. German spent the 2021 season with the Portland Sea Dogs of the AAA Northeast League. Over 24 games he was 3-9 with a 5.12 ERA. He struck out 72 batters in 84.1 innings while saving two games.

Prior to his call-up to the Red Sox, German had started the season with Portland before moving to the Worcester Red Sox of the AAA International League. Between the two clubs he was 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA in 49.2 innings. He had 64 strikeouts and seven saves. In his Major League debut against the Royals, German entered the game in relief and allowed four runs on two hits.


The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 29th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 300 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website at and on ESPN+. For more information, visit or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.