Six Chinooks Players Named to MLD Showcase Roster
La Crosse, Wis. — On August 3, six Lakeshore Chinooks will travel to western Wisconsin to participate in the Major League Dreams (MLD) Showcase.
The MLD Showcase brings 100 of the top Northwoods League prospects together for a day of workouts, capped off by an evening doubleheader played in front of MLB scouts.
The following players are participating in the first of the two games for the “Visiting Team.” The first pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.
The 2021 Northwoods League Individual Home Run Challenge Champion enters the showcase with nine home runs on the season, most in the Northwoods League. With two grand slams, Doersching is a threat every time he steps to the plate.
Hitting .262 in 34 games this summer, the recent Oklahoma State transfer has the second-most RBIs on the team with 26. The flexible first baseman often makes flashy plays, while stretching and sliding for ground balls.
Doersching is the lone first baseman on the Visiting Team’s roster.
Joining the Chinooks late into the summer, Kean has been nothing short of phenomenal coming out of the bullpen. Though he only has five appearances, he has yet to allow an earned run.
The right-handed pitcher from the Ohio State University has only allowed two hits on 30 batters this summer. Primarily used in relief, late in the ball game, Kean is an anchor for the Chinooks bullpen since his arrival in early July.
In nine appearances this summer, Lamb’s impressive performances rightfully earned him a spot in the showcase. Having pitched 38 complete innings, the southpaw pitcher has struggled at times, while looking amazing at other times.
The Grafton, Wisconsin native has an era of 4.03 along with 31 strikeouts, tied for second-most strikeouts on the Chinooks. The 6-foot lefty’s best performance this summer came on July 10 against the Kokomo Jackrabbits. In a shutout effort, Lamb threw 6 ⅔ innings, allowing just four hits and striking out five Jackrabbit hitters.
Using his 89-92 mph fastball to blow past his hitters, Mueller has the most strikeouts on the Chinooks with 35. Mueller’s high velocity mixed with his off-speed has confused hitters all summer long. Batters are hitting just .195 on average against Mueller.
The Winona State University right-hander has the fifth-best ERA on the team of 2.92 in 11 games this summer. Standing at 6-foot-4, Muller is 3-1 on the summer as well, providing a strong boost to the team out of the bullpen.
Having only played three games for the Chinooks, Salinas has shown flashes in his small sample size. With two hits in thirteen at-bats, the Oklahoma State freshman has a 90% success rate at shortstop.
The 5-foot-11 shortstop is just beginning his career at the next level. Having only played 10 games last spring, Salinas’ highlight of his season came against the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. With two RBIs on the game, Salinas’ upside is apparent.
Standing at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Vecrumba’s size plays to his advantage. The Indiana Hoosier has the third-highest batting average (.276) on the team with a minimum of 100 at-bats. Adding in four home runs, the freshman is tied for second on the team, trailing only Griffin Doersching.
Roaming the outfield, Vecrumba has converted on 31/33 potential outs, fifth-best among Chinook outfielders. His impressive speed helps him both in the outfield and on the base paths. Vecrumba is tied for third on the team with six steals this summer.
He will represent the Visiting Team as one of four outfielders.
The Northwoods League Major League Dreamshow can be watched here. Best of luck to all our Chinooks talent appearing in this year’s showcase.
Editor’s Note: All statistics referenced are as of July 24, 2021.