15 players from the Chinooks 2014 roster were named to the Northwoods League annual Top 200 Prospects List. The list is compiled by Bradley Smart from Smart on Sports. Smart put the list together after discussing the league's top prospects with all 18 field managers.
The Chinooks highest ranked player was Andrew Elliott (Wright State) who came in at #3. Elliott was dominant all season as the Chinooks closer. Andrew was 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA and ended his season with 13 saves. Elliott was the starting pitcher for the South Division in this year's All-Star Game at Kapco Park back in July.
Coming in at #17 was Chinooks utility infielder Blake Butler (College of Charleston). Butler ended the season with a .286 batting average including 6 HRs and 26 RBIs. Butler also started for the South Division in the 2014 All-Star Game.
Connor Jones (Georgia) was ranked #20. The left-handed relief pitcher was one of the Chinooks' go-to guys in the late innings this season. He ended the season with a 4-0 record and a 2.82 ERA while also recording 35 strikeouts.
Next for the Chinooks was outfielder Brett Siddall (Canisius), who came in at #27. Brett had an MVP-like season, ending the summer with a .313 batting average and leading the team in HRs and RBIs with 9 and 43 respectively. Siddall was also a South Division starter for the All-Star Game and captured the individual title in the Home Run Challenge.
Jake Noll (Florida Gulf Coast) came in at #32. The Chinooks second basemen lead the team in batting average, hitting .316 for the season. He also lead the team in the hits category with 72. Noll was named to the South Division squad for the mid-summer classic.
Shaun Anderson (Florida) was ranked just behind Noll at #34. Anderson finished his summer with a 5-1 record and a 2.40 ERA. Shaun pitched a gem in Game 2 of the Divisional Series against the Woodchucks going 8 2/3 innings and only giving up one run.
At #38 was relief pitcher Jake Tuttle (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). Tuttle was stellar out of the bullpen, not giving up a single run the entire regular season and only one run in the post season. Jake pitched the 9th inning of Game 2 in the Summer Collegiate World Series and helped record the final out.
Fellow Panther Luke Meeteer (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) came in at #106. Meeteer was one of the Chinooks' best defensive weapons in the outfield and also lead the team in stolen bases with 23. Meeteer hit a solo HR in Game 2 of the Summer Collegiate World Series.
Coming in right behind Meeteer at #107 was yet another Panther, Joe Pavlovich (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). Pavlovich lead the team in starts this season and ended the year with a 5-3 record and 3.28 ERA. Joe pitched six scoreless innings in game 2 of the World Series. Pavlovich was also named to the South Division squad for the All-Star Game.
Second year Chinooks infielder Brant Valach (Eastern Illinois) was ranked #111. The Chinooks third baseman collected 52 hits and 30 runs and finished the season with a .275 batting average.
Next for Lakeshore was Sterling Koerner (Florida Gulf Coast) at # 115. Koerner was another go-to guy in the bullpen and ended his regular season with a 5-2 record and 2.14 ERA. Koerner pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief in Game 1 of the Summer Collegiate World Series giving up no runs.
Right-handed pithcher James Teague (Arkansas) was ranked #136. The Chinooks starter made 8 starts for the team and ended with a 3-2 record and 2.85 ERA.
The workhorse Evan Kruczynski (East Carolina) came in at #147. Evan pitched the most innings for the Chinooks in 2014 with 55. He ended his season with a 6-3 record, which was the most wins on the team, and a 2.78 ERA.
Coming in at #161 was Will Headean (Illinois State). Headean was 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA. In Game 1 of the World Series, he pitched 5 innings and gave up 3 runs.
Rounding out the list was Mitch Ghelfi (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), who came in at #164. Ghelfi's .289 batting average was third-best on the team.
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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 draws 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 Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB).