Written by Connor Wachtel
ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Northwoods League announced Friday that Mankato MoonDogs outfielder Sean Ross (Indiana State) was named the league’s Most Valuable Player.
For the MoonDogs, it marks their second season in a row housing the league’s eventual MVP and the fifth time overall in the NWL’s 29-season history.
Ross was a 2022 mid-season All-Star and also played in the 2022 Major League Dreams Showcase. For the season, he hit .376 with eight home runs, 14 doubles, three triples and 51 runs scored. Additionally, the San Diego native drove in 53 runs and stole 21 bases. As a result of his success throughout the second half of the season, Ross was also named a NWL Postseason All-Star.
With the home portion of their schedule now by the wayside following last night’s walk-off win, the MoonDogs finished with a 25-11 record when competing at ISG Field in 2022. Now 39-27 overall, Mankato travels to La Crosse the next two nights to close out the season with a two-game series against the Loggers at Copeland Park. Both games start at 6:35 p.m., Friday and Saturday.
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. Now in its’ 29th 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, 300 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 (NYM), 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 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at watchnwl.com and on ESPN+. For more information, visit www.mankatomoondogs.com 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.