Rox Look Strong at 2018 Dreams Showcase


Madison, WI — The St. Cloud Rox representatives looked strong at the 2018 Major League Dreams Showcase on Tuesday evening in Madison, Wisconsin.

St. Cloud had four pitchers take part in the game — Erik Martinez, Kyle Richardson, Finn Del Bonta-Smith and Evan Johnson — as well as its coaching staff, led by Field Manager Al Newman.

Martinez made the first appearance for St. Cloud in the game, pitching in the second inning. He threw one scoreless inning, striking out one and picking up the win in the game.

Johnson was the next Rox pitcher to appear in the game, throwing one full inning in the fourth. Del Bonta-Smith entered the game in the fifth inning, striking out two batters, while Richardon struck out one batter during the eighth inning.

Newman and assistant coach Scott Lieser led the North Division visiting team, which contained all four Rox pitchers, to a 3-2 win over the North Division home team at Warner Park.

The Major League Dreams Showcase, which brings together 100 of the Northwoods League’s top prospects to form four teams, was selected and played in front of major league scouts and annually provides players another platform to showcase their abilities to try and one day make it into the professional ranks.

St. Cloud will return to action on Wednesday in La Crosse before returning back home to the Rock Pile for the final regular season homestand on Thursday and Friday. Thursday’s game will feature the world’s best extreme pogo entertainment XPOGO Stunt Team presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, while Friday’s game will be Fan Appreciation Night with great giveaways throughout the game and Friday Night Fireworks after the game.

The Rox are in their seventh season of Northwoods League Baseball in 2018. Single game and group tickets for the entire season are on sale now. For more information on purchasing tickets, visit the Rox Ticket Office on the west end of the Municipal Athletic Complex, call 320-240-9798 or visit

The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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, 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portalFor more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rox as your favorite team.