Published On: April 8th, 2023

Scholtens is the 317th former Northwoods League player to debut in MLB

Rochester, Minn. – Former Lakeshore Chinook Jesse Scholtens made his Major League debut for the Chicago White Sox on Friday, April 7, 2023. Scholtens is the 317th former Northwoods League player to reach the Major League level.

Scholtens, who played collegiately at Wright State University, played for the Chinooks in 2015. He was drafted in the 9th round of the 2016 MLB draft by the San Diego Padres.

In 2015 with the Chinooks, Scholtens appeared in three games and was 2-1 with a 1.06 ERA. He struck out nine batters in 17.0 innings while walking three.

Scholtens spent six seasons in the minor leagues with San Diego before being signed by Chicago prior to the 2023 season. In 154 games between the two organizations, he was 27-39 with a 4.29 ERA. He pitched in 633.1 innings and had 608 strikeouts and five saves.

Prior to his call-up to the White Sox Scholtens had appeared in one game with the Charlotte Knights of the AAA International League. In his lone start he pitched 4.0 innings allowing four runs on three hits while striking out three. In his Major League debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Scholtens entered the game in relief and pitched 3.0 innings allowing one run on three hits while striking out four.


The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Now entering its’ 30th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 24 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 315 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.

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