Michael Busch Taken With 31st Pick of MLB Draft

With the 31st overall pick in the 2019 Major League Baseball amateur draft, the Los Angeles Dodgers selected former St. Cloud Rox and University of North Carolina infielder Michael Busch.

Busch is the second Rox player to be taken in the first round of the draft, following Will Craig who was drafted 22nd overall in 2016.

Busch spent time with the Rox during the 2017 Northwoods League championship season, playing in 49 games. He hit .291 with 23 extra base hits, including a team high 17 doubles and driving in 28 runs.

With the University of North Carolina this season Busch is hitting .290 with a team high 16 home runs and 14 doubles along with 57 runs batted in. The Tar Heels will be playing in the NCAA Super Regionals against Auburn University later this week.

The Northwoods League has had 218 former players appear at the major league level, including a league-best 28 from St. Cloud.

St. Cloud will be back at home on Tuesday with a 7:05 first pitch as they take on Duluth in the series finale.  It’s Poster Schedule Giveaway Night presented by McDonald’s Meats to the first 1,500 fans. Fans can also receive a certificate for a free taco from Taco John’s.

All single games tickets – including to the home opener – can be purchased now in person at the Rox Ticket Office located at the Municipal Athletic Complex, by calling the Rox Ticket office at 320-240-9798 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or 24 hours a day by visiting

The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 25-year old summer collegiate 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 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 (MIA).  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 Rox as your favorite team.