Former Brainerd Blue Thunder pitcher, Hiram Burgos, was called up by the Milwaukee Brewers
to start against the Chicago Cubs last weekend. Burgos is the 100th former Northwoods League player to reach the major league level.
"It took us 19 seasons to put 100 alumni in the Major Leagues," said Northwoods League President Dick Radatz. "I would wager that it will take
less than half that time to put the next 100 in the Show."
Burgos, who played collegiately at Bethune-Cookman College, played for the Brainerd Blue Thunder during the 2006 season, and was drafted by Milwaukee in the sixth round of the 2009 MLB Draft.
The Northwoods League has more teams, plays more games, and draws more fans than any other Summer Collegiate League in North America. The 2013 season will mark the 20th season of Northwoods League baseball. 100 former players
have gone on to play Major League baseball. Notable alumni of the league include Curtis Granderson (Yankees), Chris Sale (White Sox), Max Scherzer (Tigers), Josh Willingham (Twins) and Andre Ethier (Dodgers).