After starting the season in AA Tulsa in the Dodgers organization, former Mallard Brock Stewart (Illinois State) made his MLB debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers, striking out seven in his five innings of work. Stewart was a member of the 2013 Mallards that won the Summer Collegiate World Series Championship, appearing in 30 games as a position player that year. Stewart hit .298 with 11 RBIs and 19 runs scored in 104 at-bats for Madison.
A sixth-round pick of the Dodgers in the 2014 MLB Draft, Stewart surged through the minors, as he has pitched in three different levels in 2016 alone. Stewart went 8-3 with a 1.47 ERA in AA and 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA in three starts for AAA Oklahoma City. Stewart struck out 27 batters in 18.2 innings of work in AAA.
The Mallards will face the Lakeshore Chinooks tonight at 7:05 pm at the Duck Pond. The game will feature a Balking Dead Maynard Bobblehead giveaway. There will also be a Schwinn Family of Bikes (4) giveaway. UW-Health Sports Medicine will hold a clinic developing swing fundamentals & power baseball clinic from 9 am to 12 pm. The clinic is $40 for ages 8-16. Tickets are available for purchase by visiting MallardsBaseball.com, calling the Mallards ticket office at 608-246-4277, or stopping in the ticket office at 2920 N Sherman Ave.
The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd 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 150 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.mallardsbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the Mallards as your favorite team.