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Adam Wheaton Returns for Unprecedented Fifth Season

Kalamazoo, MI – Affectionately named Mr. Growler, Adam Wheaton will return for a fifth season with the Growlers. Wheaton is a Kalamazoo native and graduated from Hackett Catholic Central back in 2017. Wheaton attended Trine University from 2017-2021 and transferred to Lamar University (TX) this year for his final year of eligibility. Since joining Kalamazoo for the 2018 season, Wheaton has been an ace for the Growlers pitching staff. The right-handed pitcher has started an impressive 35 games, pitched in 47 total games and has posted a career 2.69 ERA over his Growlers career.

With his return for a fifth season, Wheaton has the chance to cement his name in the record books. There are four Northwoods League all-time records Wheaton could break this summer.

NWL Career Strikeout Record: 251
Adam Wheaton Career Strikeouts: 193 (58 to tie record. Wheaton struck out 60 batters in 2021)

NWL Career Wins Record: 20
Adam Wheaton Career Wins: 16

NWL Career Starts Record: 35
Adam Wheaton Career Starts: 35

NWL Career Innings Pitched Record: 239.1
Adam Wheaton Innings Pitched: 224 (15.1 innings to tie)

Mr. Growler returns for his final campaign where he will go down as the greatest player in franchise history. The Growlers enter their ninth season, and Wheaton will have been there for five of them.



The Kalamazoo Growlers 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. Having completed its’ 27th 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 250 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 (WAS), 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 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Growlers as your favorite team.