After the conclusion of every Northwoods League season, St. Cloud Rox players come and go in hopes of advancing their baseball careers beyond college and reaching the professional level.
As we’ve seen in the past, 190 former Northwoods League players have gone on to play at the Major League level — a league-best 24 players that played in St. Cloud — currently including the likes of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes (played in St. Cloud in 2010) and Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver (played in St. Cloud in 2010-11).
There are, however, numerous former Rox players that are still in pursuit of their dream, trying to climb their way up minor league systems to grab their shot with a big league club.
Right now, 38 former St. Cloud players are playing in the minor leagues, including former team MVP’s Chris Paul and Trevor Charpie, among others.
Where are all 38 of those players currently playing? We’re here to help break it all down.
There are four former Rox playing at the triple-A level right now, all of which are off to nice starts to their young seasons.
Ben Meyer (played with the Rox in 2012) is currently playing for the New Orleans Baby Cakes in the Miami Marlins system, Alex McRae (2013) is with the Indianapolis Indians in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, Carlos Lopez (2012) is playing for the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos in the Mexican League and Kade Scivicque (2014) began the year playing for the Gwinnett Stripers in the Atlanta Braves system.
In double-A ball, there are seven former Rox players that are playing for various teams across the country.
Will Craig (2014) is having a hot start to the year playing for the Altoona Curve in the Pirates system. Chris Paul (2012-14) is currently with the Chattanooga Lookouts in the Twins system, Ben DeLuzio (2016) is playing for the Jackson Generals in the Arizona Diamondbacks system, Jay Flaa (2013) and Lucas Long (2012-13) are both playing for the Bowie Baysox in the Baltimore Orioles system, Nick Tanielu (2012) and Tyler Wolfe (2013) are both playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks in the Houston Astros system.
Class A Advanced
Class A Advanced ball currently holds the largest number of former Rox, containing 11 former players.
TJ Friedl (2016) is currently playing for the Daytona Tortugas in the Cincinnati Reds system, Austin Athmann (2015) is playing for the Lakeland Flying Tigers in the Detroit Tigers system, Josh Altman (2015) is playing for the Down East Wood Ducks in the Texas Rangers system, Chad Hockin (2014) is playing for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the Chicago Cubs system, Jason Hoppe (2013) is with the Inland Empire 66ers in the Los Angeles Angels system, Vincent Jackson (2013) is playing for the Palm Beach Cardinals in the St. Louis Cardinals system, Mitchell Kranson (2014) and Bradley Strong (2013-14) are both playing for the Fort Myers Miracle in the Twins system, Dalton Sawyer (2013) is playing for the Stockton Ports in the Oakland Athletics system, Josh Taylor (2014) is playing for the Visalia Rawhide in the Diamondbacks system and Boo Vasquez (2012) is with the Jupiter Hammerheads in the Marlins system.
In Class A, seven former Rox are playing across the country in minor league systems.
Brian Glowicki (2015-16) is with the South Bend Cubs in the Cubs system, Lucas Gilbreath (2015) is playing for the Asheville Tourists in the Colorado Rockies system, Logan Salow (2016) is playing for the Beloit Snappers in the Athletics system, John Sansone (2015) is playing for the Dayton Dragons in the Reds system, Matt Shannon (2016) is playing for the Lansing Lugnuts in the Toronto Blue Jays system, Keaton Siomkin (2012) is with the Peoria Chiefs in the Cardinals system and Harrison Wenson (2014) is currently playing for the Burlington Bees in the Angels system.
Class A Short Season
In Class A Short Season ball, there are four former Rox currently playing.
Luke Ringhofer (2016-17) is currently with the Aberdeen IronBirds in the Orioles system, Brett Pope (2015-16) is with the West Virginia Black Bears in the Pirates system, Denis Karas (2016) is playing for the Batavia Muckdogs in the Marlins system and Brandon Benson (2015-16) with with the State College Spikes in the Cardinals system.
Finally, in the Rookie League ball, five former Rox are in action around the country.
Trevor Charpie (2015-16) is currently playing for the GCL Rays in the Tampa Bay Rays system, Carlos Leal (2013) is with the AZL Brewers in Milwaukee Brewers system, Zach Pop (2015) is playing for the Ogden Raptors in the Los Angeles Dodgers system, Elvin Soto (2012) is playing with the Grand Junction Rockies in the Rockies system and Jared Solomon (2017) is with the AZL Reds in the Reds system.
Make sure to keep updated with all the former Rox players in the minor leagues with our up-to-date list here.