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Published On: April 15th, 2022

Mankato, Minn
– The MoonDogs can’t wait to announce these three position players as additions to the roster. We welcome Duncan Pastore, John Newman, and Nick Oakley to the squad! All bringing their very successful careers to Mankato! 


Duncan Pastore-Nova Southeastern  

The MoonDogs welcome another shark to the team in Duncan Pastore! The Tampa product can do it all as he can pitch and hit. For Nova Southeastern this year, he’s batting.366 with 4 bombs and 48  “ribees” in 24 games this year. He has not pitched this year for the Sharks but in years past has been dominant, putting up a 2.51 ERA as a freshman. This is Duncan’s first season in the Northwoods league after playing in the Valley Baseball league previously. The dogs can’t wait to see what Duncan can do in the Northwoods!



John Newman-UCSB 

Another newbie to the MoonDogs is John Newman. John is a catcher from the University of Santa Barbara. Newman is a backstop with a big bat. He’s hitting .352 with 11 RBIs this year for the Gauchos this season. With those stats, you’d think he was an upperclassmen; he’s only a freshman, though. The California native is also in his first season in the Northwoods. He participated in the West Coast League last summer! Mankato can’t wait to see his bat and glove on the ISG Field! 




Nick Oakley-UCSB

Coming from the same team and even in the same class! You’re not seeing double Nick Oakley is also a fellow first time MoonDog. His junior year in high school, he stole 21 bases! This kid is like Jimmy John’s freaky fast! For the Gauchos, Oakley is an infielder with a nice bat and speed on the bases. This season for Santa Barba, he’s been playing well. Appearing in 29 games and hitting three doubles.  The communication major also has noble aspirations of wanting to be a fireman when he graduates.  His speed on the bases and bat could be lethal for the ‘dogs this year, Along with his great club house presence ! 



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The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 28th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 250 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the MoonDogs as your favorite team.