Published On: June 3rd, 2024

Former Fond du Lac Dock Spider Ryan Loutos Debuts with the Cardinals
Loutos becomes 354th former Northwoods League player to debut in MLB

FOND DU LAC, WI – Former Fond du Lac Dock Spider Ryan Loutos made his Major League debut for the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, June 1, 2024. Loutos is the 354th former Northwoods League player to reach the Major League level and the third former Dock Spider, joining Nick Fortes of the Miami Marlins and Victor Scott of the Cardinals.

Loutos, who played collegiately at Washington University in St. Louis, played for the Dock Spiders in 2020 and 2021. While pitching for the Dock Spiders in 2021, Loutos signed as a free agent with the Cardinals.

In 2020 with the Dock Spiders, Loutos appeared in eight games and went 3-0 with a 6.75 ERA. He struck out 19 batters over 20.0 innings. In 2021, he pitched in three games and was 1-0 with a 2.12 ERA. He had nine strikeouts in 17.0 innings with a 1.294 WHIP.

Loutos started his professional career in 2021 with the Palm Beach Cardinals of the Low-A Southeast League. Over 12 games, he went 1-2 with a 5.56 ERA in 22.2 innings pitched. He struck out 26 while walking 11. Loutos began the 2022 season with High-A Peoria of the Midwest League. After nine games in Peoria, he was sent to Double-A Springfield in the Texas League. He would pitch in 15 games in Springfield before another promotion, to finish out the year, to Triple-A Memphis in the International League. For the season, he pitched in 46 games and was 3-6 with a 3.96 ERA. He struck out 72 batters in 63.2 innings and had nine saves.

In 2023, Loutos started the year in Springfield and then, after two appearances, went back up to Memphis. Between the two clubs, he appeared in 50 games and was 2-5 with a 6.53 ERA in 73.0 innings pitched. He struck out 84 batters, walked 41 and had one save.

Prior to his callup to St. Louis, Loutos had appeared in 13 games for Memphis and went 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 15.2 innings while notching four saves. In his Major League debut against the Philadelphia Phillies, Loutos entered the game in relief in the eighth inning and pitched 1.0 scoreless innings while allowing only one hit.

The Dock Spiders are currently in their eighth season of Northwoods League play and have a number of ticket packages and group options currently available at or by calling the ticket office at (920) 907-9833.


The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Entering its’ 31st season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 26 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 350 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 (TEX), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (STL) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (ATL). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2023 World Series Champion, 2021 and 2023 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and two-time All-MLB first team shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at and on ESPN+. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Dock Spiders as your favorite team.

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