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Madison, WI – June 12, 2012.  The 2012 Major League First-Year Player Draft finished up last week and the Madison Mallards led the Northwoods League with 17 current and former players selected.  A total of 129 current Northwoods League players and alumni were selected in this year’s draft.

The Mallards highest pick came in the seventh round, when third baseman Stephen Bruno (Virginia) was taken 224th overall.  Bruno played for the Mallards in 2010 when he recorded 16 RBIs in 24 games.

Right-handed pitcher Matt Milroy (Illinois) was taken shortly after when he was selected in the eleventh round, 347th overall by the Miami Marlins.  Milroy played the 2011 season with the Mallards and had a 4.13 ERA in 22 appearances out of the bullpen.  He led the team with seven saves and also struck out 44 batters in just 28.1 innings.  

Right-handed pitcher Alec Mills (Tennessee – Martin) was drafted in the 22nd round by the Kansas City Royals and has signed with the team.  In just 13 innings pitched for the Mallards in 2012, Mills had struck out 17 and allowed just two runs.

Below is the complete list of Mallards drafted in the 2012 MLB Draft.

Name Round Pick Team
Steve Bruno 7th 224th Chicaco Cubs
Matt Milroy 11th 347th Miami Marlins
Will Lamarche 18th 550th Minnesota Twins
Ross Heffley 18th 569th Atlanta Braves
Alec Mills 22nd 673rd Kansas City Royals
Willie Argo 22nd 692nd Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Juengel 24th 737th Miami Marlins
Mike Mason 24th 738th Colorado Rockies
Mark Ginther 24th 753rd Arizona Diamonbacks
Jordan Parr 26th 806th Los Angeles Dodgers
Jerad Grundy 27th 820th Minnesota Twins
Ryan Bores 27th 846th Texas Rangers
Rusty Shellhorn 31st 941st Seattle Mariners
Rian Gorton 31st 949th Oakland A’s
Justin Topa 33rd 1012th Cincinnati Reds
Mike McQuillan 33rd 1014th Washington Nationals
Jordan Hershiser 34th 1046th Los Angeles Dodgers

The Mallards return to the “Duck Pond” on Wednesday, June 13th to take on the Battle Creek Bombers.  That night will be The Payroll Company Police Appreciation Night at the Ballpark featuring Erik Estrada from the hit TV show ChiPs.

The 2012 season is upon us!  Single-game tickets are on-sale for all Mallards home games.


The Madison Mallards are part of the 16-team Northwoods League.  The Northwoods League has more teams, plays more games, and draws more fans than any other Summer Collegiate League in North America.

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Published On: June 12th, 2012