Mequon, WI – The Lakeshore Chinooks have had a great past year, including winning the 2014 Northwoods League Title. The success of recent continued this week, but in a different way. That was with the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft, where the club set a team record with 17 players, 15 former and 2 current, picked in the 40 rounds of the draft, giving the team 45 draftees in its history. The Chinooks have been a team for four years, and each year was represented in the draft, showcasing the kind of consistent talent that the club had been able to bring in.
Chinooks General Manager Dean Rennicke had this to say about his club’s success in the draft, “Having seventeen current or former Lakeshore Chinooks drafted in this year’s Major League Draft is a testimony to the quality of talent within this league and certainly over the past few seasons here with the Chinooks. These players dream of making the big leagues and this league will certainly help prepare them for that opportunity. We are thrilled for the players who were selected and now have the option to play professional baseball.”
Here is a look at which Chinooks players were drafted as well as quick look back on each of their Chinooks careers.
LHP Alex Young: Second Round, 43rd overall, by the Washington Nationals out of Texas Christian University
Young played for the Chinooks in 2013, appearing in four games, three of which were starts. In his 19.1 innings pitched, he posted a 2.32 ERA with 21 strikeouts.
OF Andrew Stevenson: Second Round, 58th overall, by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of Louisiana State University
Stevenson appeared alongside Young with the 2013 Chinooks. He hit .345 in 36 games with two homers and 14 RBIs.
OF Harrison Bader: Third Round, 100th overall, by the St. Louis Cardinals out of the University of Florida.
Bader played with Stevenson in the 2013 outfield, hitting .290 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 20 games.
RHP Eric Hanhold: Sixth Round, 181st overall, by the Milwaukee Brewers out of the University of Florida
Hanhold is yet another 2013 Chinook and another University of Florida product. He threw 40.0 innings for the Chinooks that summer, compiling a 2.70 ERA, 27 strikeouts and 13 walks.
1B Ryan Krill: Ninth round, 273rd overall, by the New York Yankees out of Michigan State University
Krill was a Chinooks fan favorite, playing for the team in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He posted batting averages of .264, .282 and .249 in his three seasons with the team with 11 career homers.
LHP Will Headean: 13th round, 387th overall, by the San Diego Padres out of Illinois State
Headean was a member of the 2014 Championship squad. He appeared in seven games, five starts, posting a 3.60 ERA.
OF Brett Siddall: 13th round, 298th overall, by the Oakland A’s out of Canisius College
Siddall is another member of the 2014 team, when he showed impressive power. On the year, he hit .313 with nine home runs and 43 RBIs.
2B Blake Butler: 15th round, 445th overall, by the Cincinnati Reds out of the College of Charleston
Butler appeared for the Chinooks in 2014, hitting .268 with six homers and 26 RBIs.
LHP Justin Langley: 16th round, 476th overall, by the Miami Marlins out of the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
Langley represents the first of two 2015 Chinooks drafted. So far on the year, the left-hander has started two games, throwing to a 3.37 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 8.0 innings.
LHP Cam Vieaux: 19th round, 580th overall, by the Detroit Tigers out of Michigan State University
Another 2014 Chinook, Vieaux made five starts for the team. In his 28.0 innings pitched, he struck out 18 and walked nine en route to a 2.89 ERA.
RHP David Lucroy: 20th round, 601st overall, by the Milwaukee Brewers out of East Carolina University
The brother of current Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, David was a part of the 2013 Chinooks. He made three starts that season, throwing to a 3.24 ERA.
C Zack Bowers: 24th round, 726th overall, by the San Francisco Giants out of the University of Georgia
Bowers was played for the 2014 Championship team, hitting .265 with five homers and 26 RBIs.
RHP Mike Vinson: 24th round, 730th overall, by the Detroit Tigers out of the University of Florida
Vinson was on the Chinooks roster back in 2013, appearing in four games for the team.
LF Sam Koenig: 27th Round, 825th overall, by the Los Angeles Angels out of the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
Koening was a member of the inaugural 2012 roster, playing eight games for the club.
C Mitch Ghelfi: 28th round, 841st overall, by the Milwaukee Brewers out of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Ghelfi joins Bowers as the second catcher drafted from the talented 2014 team. He appeared in 38 games for the club, hitting .289.
RHP Andrew Elliot: 30th round, 913th overall, by the Baltimore Orioles out of Wright State University
Elliot was a key piece of the 2014 Chinooks bullpen. He posted a great 0.73 ERA with 35 strikeouts and just four walks across 19 relief outings while earning 13 saves.
RHP Shea Murray: 39th round, 1158th overall, by the Texas Rangers out of Ohio State University
The second member of the 2015 Chinooks to be selected, the live-armed Murray has appeared out of the bullpen for the team. In 3.1 innings, he has struck out seven batters and posted a 5.40 ERA.
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 120 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), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information visit www.northwoodsleague.com .