Five MoonDogs Selected for 2014 All-Star Game
MANKATO-Minn. The Mankato MoonDogs Baseball Club, a member of the Northwoods League is proud to announce that five players on the 2014 roster have been invited to play in the NWL All-Star Game in Mequon, Wisconsin on July 22nd. With five selections, the MoonDogs have the highest total in the North Division, along with the Waterloo Bucks. Mankato has been no stranger to sending large numbers to the All-Star game. Last season they sent six to Eau Claire and in 2012 the MoonDogs had five All-Star selections.
The All-Star rosters were selected in a vote by the coaches and media of the 16 member teams of the Northwoods League.
Meet the 2014 Mankato MoonDogs All-Stars:
Tyler Sullivan (JR, OF, Pacific)- Sullivan has been fantastic for the MoonDogs as their lead-off hitter and he is currently ranked second in the Northwoods League with a .361 batting average. In 43 games, he has been a model of consistency with a .411 on base percentage, fifth highest in the league, including 12 RBI’s, eight doubles, two triples, and 32 runs scored. Sullivan is also a terrific base runner and has 26 stolen bases in 30 attempts.
Peter Maris (JR, SS, UC-Santa Barbara)- Since joining the MoonDogs, Peter Maris has put up impressive numbers, leading the team with a batting average of .365. In 24 games, Maris has 35 hits, including two doubles, a triple, and seven walks. Maris holds a .406 slugging percentage and has 16 runs batted in. He also has five stolen bases in seven attempts.
Levi Scott (JR, 1B, UT-Arlington)- Levi Scott has been called upon in big hitting situations and has delivered all season. He has 35 RBI’s, good for third on the Northwoods League leaderboard. Scott also ranks third in the league in doubles, with thirteen. The six-foot-four-inch junior first baseman currently has a .281 batting average in 42 games played, including 21 runs scored, 45 hits, 12 walks, and 4 home runs. He also has a .328 on base percentage and .438 slugging percentage.
Tyler Mark (SO, RHP, Cal St. Dominguez Hills)- Tyler Mark has been solid out of the bullpen for the MoonDogs this summer and has 12 relief appearances. He ranks second on the team with a 0.55 ERA and has been virtually unhittable, allowing just seven hits and one earned run. Mark also has six saves and 26 strikeouts, while walking seven.
Cord Cockrell (JR, RHP, Southern Mississippi)- Cockrell has put up strong numbers as a starting pitcher this season. He has eight appearances (seven starts) and holds a 2.81 ERA with 30 strikeouts compared to six walks. Cord Cockrell is the MoonDogs only starting pitcher to make the All-Star roster this season. In 48.0 innings of work, Cockrell has allowed 53 hits, 15 earned runs, and three home runs.
The Northwoods League All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, July 22nd at Kapco Park, home of the Lakeshore Chinooks. There will also be a combine for players on July 21st and a home run derby on the 22nd. Great seats are available to all remaining Mankato home games, on sale at the MoonDogs office located at 1221 Caledonia Street in Mankato, as well as over the phone at 507-625-7047. To stay up to date, Like the MoonDogs on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter (@MoonDogsBall), or visit the website at www.mankatomoondogs.com
The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st 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 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel.