Former Honker Miles Mastrobuoni Debuts with the Rays
Mastrobuoni is the 309th former Northwoods League player to debut in MLB
Rochester, Minn. – Former Rochester Honker Miles Mastrobuoni made his Major League debut for the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, September 22, 2022. Mastrobuoni is the 309th former Northwoods League player to reach the Major League level.
Mastrobuoni, who played collegiately at the University of Nevada, Reno, played for the Honkers in 2015. He was drafted in the 14th round of the 2016 MLB draft.
In 2015 with the Honkers Mastrobuoni played in 58 games and hit .294 with three triples, five doubles and 35 runs scored. He drove in 29 and stole 11 bases.
Mastrobuoni began his professional career in 2016 with the Hudson Valley Renegades of the Short-Season A New York-Penn League. In 61 games he hit .267 with 26 runs scored and nine stolen bases. He had three triples, 11 doubles and walked 25 times.
Mastrobuoni moved up for the 2017 season to the Bowling Green Hot Rods of the Lo-A Midwest League. Over 104 games he hit .264 with three home runs, three triples and 17 doubles. He drove in 39, scored 61 times and stole 18 bases.
In 2018 he started the season with the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Hi-A Florida State League. After 92 games he was promoted to the Montgomery Biscuits of the AA Southern League. Between the two clubs he played in 104 games and hit .285 with one home run, three triples and 14 doubles. He stole nine bases, drove in 39 and scored 53 times.
Mastrobuoni began the 2019 season in Montgomery and then was promoted at the end of the season to the Durham Bulls of the AAA International League. For the year he played in 111 games and hit .293 with four home runs, six triples and 10 doubles. He stole 15 bases, scored 57 times and drove in 34.
He went back to Montgomery to start the 2021 season and then after 55 games was sent back up to Durham to finish the season. He played in a total of 106 games between the two clubs and hit .296 with five home runs, five triples and a career-high 24 doubles. He stole eight bases and drove in 45 runs.
Prior to his call-up to the Rays, Mastrobuoni had played in 129 games in Durham and was hitting .300 with 16 home runs, 32 doubles and 23 steals. In his Major League debut against the Blue Jays Mastrobuoni entered the game in the 8th inning as a defensive replacement playing second base. He did not have a plate appearance.
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 watchnwl.com and on ESPN+. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.