Rochester, Minn. – Former Mankato MoonDog Ryan Kreidler made his Major League debut for the Detroit Tigers on Friday, September 2, 2022. Kreidler is the 305th former Northwoods League player to reach the Major League level.
Kreidler, who played collegiately at the University of California, Los Angeles, played for the MoonDogs in 2017. He was drafted in the 4th round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Tigers.
In 2017 with the MoonDogs, Kreidler played in 48 games and hit .256 with 13 doubles, 29 runs scored and 21 RBI. He also stole 11 bases.
Kreidler began his professional career in 2019 with the Connecticut Tigers of the Short-Season A New York-Penn League. He hit .233 over sixty games with four triples, 13 doubles and 28 runs scored. He drove in 20 and stole nine bases.
In 2021 Kreidler started the season with the Erie SeaWolves of the AA Northeast League. After 88 games he was promoted to the Toledo Mud Hens of the AAA East League. Between the two clubs he hit .270 in 129 games with 22 home runs, 24 doubles and 15 stolen bases. He scored 95 times and drove in 58.
Prior to his call-up to the Tigers, Kreidler began the 2022 season with the West Michigan Whitecaps of the Hi-A Midwest League. After four games he was sent back to Toledo. For the season he was hitting .219 with eight home runs, two triples and 14 doubles. He had stolen 17 bases and driven in 26. In his Major League debut against the Royals, Kreidler started the game at third base and went 0 for 2 at the plate with two walks and two runs scored.
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed 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, over 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 at watchnwl.com and on ESPN+. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.