The Lakeshore Chinooks have added three talented sophomore players who received national recognition during their first season of collegiate baseball. Garrett Brummett (Wichita State), Mitch Ghelfi (UW-Milwaukee), and Tanner Stanley (Richmond) were named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team and will join the Chinooks this summer.
Garrett Brummett, a hard throwing right-handed pitcher for the Shockers will look to build off an impressive debut season in which he posted a 4-0 record, a 1.16 ERA, and 24 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings of work, including six starts. In those six starts, Brummett allowed only one run. A native of Concordia, KS, Brummett was an all-state selection in high school and will report to Mequon after Wichita State’s defense of its Missouri Valley Conference tournament title.
Mitch Ghelfi was also named All-American by Perfect Game and the Horizon League Freshman of the Year as he hit .322 in his redshirt freshman season for the Milwaukee Panthers. The athletic 5’11” catcher pounded out a .473 slugging percentage with 3 homeruns and 19 RBI and ended the 2013 season on a nine-game hitting streak. A product of La Crosse Central High school, Ghelfi follows in the baseball footsteps of his father Andy, who played in the Cleveland Indians’ organization and brother Drew, who pitched for the University of Minnesota.
Tanner Stanley recorded a sensational freshman season for the Spiders and was also named First Team All-Atlantic Ten and the conference’s Freshman of the Year after hitting .308, scoring 44 runs, and knocking in 38 RBI. The 5’11” outfielder from Maitland, FL is the son of former major leaguer, Mike Stanley, who played fifteen years with seven teams, including a 1995 All-Star appearance with the New York Yankees. Tanner’s breakout season in Richmond drew the attention of Baseball America, which recently listed Stanley as the top pro prospect in 2015 from the Atlantic Ten.
These three talented sophomores will look to build their playing resumes as they join the Chinooks in their quest to return to the Northwoods League Playoffs and compete for the 2014 NWL Championship. The quest begins at Kapco Park for the Chinooks’ home opener on May 29th at 6:35pm against the Mankato Moondogs in interleague action. Opening Day will also feature the Chinooks’ first bobblehead giveaway, as the first 1,500 fans will walk away with a Bob Uecker bobblehead. Season tickets and group ticket are now available for purchase.
The Lakeshore Chinooks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including MLB All-Stars Max Scherzer (DET), Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYY), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live and free of charge via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit www.lakeshorechinooks.com.