Seven Mallards Chosen for Major League Dreams Showcase
Seven Mallards Chosen for Showcase
The Northwoods League’s best will be featured on August 7 at the Duck Pond
Madison, Wis. – The Northwoods League announced the rosters for the 2018 Major League Dreams Showcase and seven Mallards have made the cut. Cal Greenfield, Trace Norkus, Carson Ragsdale, Tyler Plantier, Jake Randa, Trevor Schwecke and David Vinksy will all take part in the event at the Duck Pond on Tuesday, August 7. The annual Showcase will consist of a double-header featuring the top 100 players from the Northwoods League who were selected by a panel of Major League Baseball Scouts. The players will participate in a day of workouts in front of scouts which will be followed by the double-header
Mallards catcher Cal Greenfield (Florida) will be featured on the visiting team in the first game that begins at 4:05 PM. Greenfield has four doubles this summer through 13 games and has scored six runs. Greenfield just concluded his freshman season at the University of Florida this spring.
Relief pitcher Carson Ragsdale(South Florida) has been named to the home team of the 7:35 PM game along with the rest of the featured Mallards players. Ragsdale has tossed 22.2 innings this summer and owns a 2.38 ERA while posting a 1-1 record. Ragsdale has accumulated 35 strikeouts while giving up only 14 hits.
Closer Trace Norkus (North Florida) has been dominant at the back end of the Madison bullpen this summer. Norkus has a 1.82 ERA through 24.2 innings this season and has earned a league-leading 13 saves. Norkus has totaled 32 strikeouts while allowing only five runs this summer.
Infielder Trevor Schwecke (UW-Milwaukee) has been named to the showcase after a consistent season at the plate. Schwecke has totaled 59 hits over 50 games and leads the Mallards with 17 stolen bases. Schwecke has tallied 26 RBIs and has 16 extra base hits this season.
Third baseman Tyler Plantier (Richmond) has been a key run producer in the Madison lineup all summer, crushing a division-leading 13 home runs and totaling 46 RBIs. Plantier is currently hitting .306 and has a .555 slugging percentage. Plantier has drawn 32 walks this season and has played 55 games for the Mallards.
Outfielder Jake Randa (NW Florida State) has a team-high 70 hits this summer and leads the NWL with 22 doubles. Randa currently holds a .323 batting average and has knocked in 43 runs this summer while batting in the middle of the Mallards lineup every night. Randa has played all over the field, seeing time at right field, centerfield and first base.
Infielder David Vinsky (Northwood) has accumulated a division-high 229 at bats this summer and currently holds a .297 batting average. VInsky has totaled 18 extra base hits and has knocked in 38 runs while striking out only 32 times. Vinsky holds a .358 OBP and has been a consistent force in the Madison lineup all summer.
Tickets are still available for the annual showcase of some of the best players in the league. Head to mallardsbaseball.com to purchase tickets which include access to both of the ballgames on Tuesday, August 7. Make sure to catch every Mallards game game on The Zone, 1670 AM and 96.7 FM.
The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.mallardsbaseball.comor download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Mallards as your favorite team.