History of the Rox
The St. Cloud Rox, a proud member of the Northwoods League, is a collegiate summer baseball team in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The Rox play 72 games scheduled over a 76-day season running from late May to mid-August every summer.
St. Cloud has had a total of 26 players advance to play at the Major League Baseball level, which leads all Northwoods League teams. The league itself has seen over 200 players play professional baseball since its inception in 1994.
Entering their eighth season of Northwoods League baseball in 2019, the Rox provides affordable family fun and the best nine-inning vacation for fans while showcasing some of the top college talents in the nation at home at the Rock Pile.
The Rox have been providing fans with Rox Solid Fun in Central Minnesota since 2012!
The Rox kicked off their inaugural season in 2012 back at Joe Faber Field. Before the season began, the organization announced that the new — yet familiar — team name for St. Cloud would be the Rox, which had been in use previously by a team who was part of the Northern League from the mid-1940s until 1971 in St. Cloud. That organization featured many great names baseball fans recognize, including Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Brock, Orlando Cepeda, and Gaylord Perry.
That season, the Rox saw nearly 56,000 fans come to the Rock Pile to watch them play throughout the summer. Under Field Manager Augie Rodriguez, St. Cloud finished with a winning record of 19-16 in front of the hometown crowd.
During the inaugural season, the Rox set numerous single-season franchise records that still hold today, including team batting average (.287), triples (30), stolen bases (105), on-base percentage (.379), slugging percentage (.393) and more. Individually, Erik Kozel set single-season franchise records in batting average (.376), slugging percentage (.506) and on-base percentage (.493), while Andy Henkemeyer set the franchise record in 2012 with six triples and 48 runs scored.
In 2012, Henkemeyer represented St. Cloud in the 2012 Northwoods League All-Star Game in Madison, where he went 1-for-2 with a run scored and a stolen base for the North Division.
Zach Hirsch was named the Rox MVP during the 2012 season.
St. Cloud returned back to the Rock Pile for its second season during the summer of 2013. Again behind Augie Rodriguez as Rox Field Manager, St. Cloud finished the 2013 season with a winning record of 36-34 while tallying a winning record at home at the Rock Pile for the second straight summer. The Rox once again had nearly 55,000 fans enjoy Rox Solid Fun at the ballpark during the year at Joe Faber Field.
The 2013 Rox team still holds a handful of franchise records, including the franchise single-season record of 677 total hits. They also hold records of 24 runs, 29 hits, eight doubles and 19 strikeouts on the mound in a single game. Individually, Chris Paul tied the franchise record with five hits in a game, while Adam Martin set single-season records in RBI (51), hits (84), home runs (10), total bases (143) and extra-base hits (29).
That season, the Rox had three players reach the Northwoods League All-Star Game in Eau Claire. Reese Gregory, Adam Martin and Eric Nyquist represented St. Cloud on the North Division team, while Martin participated in and won the Home Run Derby.
Chris Paul was named the Rox MVP during the 2013 season.
Before the 2014 season began, the Rox introduced a new face to the organization, announcing the addition of their new mascot Chisel. After holding a Name Your Mascot contest, Chisel was selected as the new face for helping provide Rox Solid Fun at the Rock Pile. Chisel wears number 71, which was selected as a tribute to the original Rox minor league team that called St. Cloud home until 1971.
During the season, St. Cloud continued its trend of putting together winning seasons, finishing the campaign with a record of 37-35, which marked the second straight winning season for the Rox. Nearly 56,000 fans made their way to the Rock Pile throughout the course of the season to watch the Rox led by third-year Field Manager Augie Rodriguez.
The 2014 team still holds a few franchise single-season records to date, including tallying a Rox franchise-record 52 home runs throughout the course of the summer. Individually, Reese Gregory is still tied for the most wins (seven), complete games (two) and total appearances (27) in a single season in franchise history.
During the summer, St. Cloud ended up having three players named to the 2014 Northwoods League All-Star Game in Lakeshore. Chris Paul, Reese Gregory, and Kevin Burgee represented the Rox on the North Division All-Star team.
Chris Paul was once again named the Rox MVP in 2014, becoming the first St. Cloud player to win the team award in consecutive seasons.
Throughout the 2015 season, St. Cloud put together one of its most successful regular seasons in Rox franchise history under fourth-year Field Manager Augie Rodriguez, which included being crowned second-half champions, finishing with the best overall record in the Northwoods League and a deep run in the postseason.
With nearly 60,000 fans coming to the Rock Pile during the summer, the Rox finished the Northwoods League season with a league-best record of 49-23, along with a league-leading record of 30-8 in the second half. St. Cloud went on to appear in the postseason, where it reached as far as the Summer Collegiate World Series Championship series against the Kenosha Kingfish, ultimately falling just short of winning the title.
The 2015 team still holds numerous records in the franchise’s history, including driving in 351 runs throughout the season, as well as recording a team ERA of 3.19 while giving up just 226 earned runs. Individually, Michael Strem tied the franchise single-game record for most doubles in a game with three, while Trevor Charpie tied the single-season franchise record with 11 saves and Sheldon Miks tied the single-season record with a complete-game shutout.
That season, the Rox had two players represent them at the 2015 Northwoods League All-Star Game in Wisconsin Rapids. Reese Gregory, earning his third straight selection in the game, and Trevor Charpie appeared in the North Division All-Star team for St. Cloud.
Trevor Charpie was named the Rox MVP for the 2015 season.
During the 2016 season, the Rox carried its success on from the 2015 season with Field Manager Augie Rodriguez leading the team for a fifth year. St. Cloud finished with an overall record of 48-23 to sit atop the North Division at the end of the summer, including a second-half record of 24-12 to be crowned second-half champions while returning to the playoffs for a second straight season.
St. Cloud ended up finishing 1-1 in postseason action and ended up with over 60,000 fans coming to cheer on the Rox at the Rock Pile throughout the summer.
The 2016 Rox team broke multiple franchise records during the season, including driving in the most runs (399), drawing the most walks (339) and recording the most saves (29) in franchise history. They also hold the single-game record for most walks drawn in a game with 13. Individually, Luke Ringhofer holds the single-season record with 56 walks, while Chris Martin is tied for most wins on the mound in a season with seven. Brian Glowicki is tied for the most saves with 11 and Collin Strall is tied for the most appearances on the hill with 27.
That summer, the Rox had a franchise-record six players selected to take part in the 2016 Northwoods League All-Star Game in Kenosha. Drew Freedman, Ricky Ramirez, TJ Friedl, Austin Dubsky, Collin Strall and Logan Salow all represented St. Cloud as North Division All-Stars. Ramirez also competed in the Home Run Derby.
Collin Strall and Ricky Ramirez were named Rox Co-MVP’s for the 2016 season.
In 2017, St. Cloud put together a historic season under sixth-year Field Manager Augie Rodriguez, one that ended in securing the first Northwoods League Championship in franchise history. The Rox defeated Battle Creek in the championship series to bring the Summer Collegiate World Series title home to St. Cloud.
With over 57,000 people attending Rox games at the Rock Pile during the summer, St. Cloud tallied its sixth straight winning season, finishing with an overall record of 42-30. In the first half of the season, St. Cloud carried a record of 25-11 to be crowned the North Division first-half champions. In their third straight postseason appearance, the Rox went nearly perfect in the playoffs with a record of 4-1 to win the title.
The 2017 team earned multiple franchise records throughout the course of the summer, including recording 698 strikeouts and holding opponents to a batting average of just .228.
Individually, Kenny Saenz and Aaron Rozek tied each other for most strikeouts recorded in a single game with 13. Additionally, Matt Tarantino appeared in a franchise-record 70 games, Drew Avans broke the franchise record with 30 stolen bases, Brent Killam set records with a 0.37 ERA, a 0.53 WHIP and a 15.53 strikeout per nine innings average, with Aaron Rozek recording a franchise-best 88 strikeouts on the year.
That season, St. Cloud had five players selected to take part in the 2017 Northwoods League All-Star Game in Wausau. Drew Avans, Shane Selman, Aaron Rozek, Brent Killam, and Jack Cushing all represented the Rox on the North Division All-Star Team.
Aaron Rozek and Matt Tarantino were named Rox Co-MVP’s for the 2017 season.
In 2018, the Rox continued their stretch of success in the Northwoods League with tallying their sixth straight winning season in St. Cloud. The Rox, under first-year Field Manager Al Newman, finished with an overall record of 37-35 during the summer, including welcoming nearly 55,000 fans to the Rock Pile.
The 2018 Rox team broke numerous franchise records throughout the course of the season, including tallying a franchise record 143 doubles. Individually, Ryan Davis broke the single-season record with 22 doubles, while Jack Barrie set new franchise single-game marks in home runs (three), RBI (seven) and runs scored (four). Additionally, Sean Ross tied the single-game record with five hits in a game, Ricardo Sanchez tied single-game records in doubles (three) and walks (four), and John Matthews tied the single-game record with 13 strikeouts on the mound.
In 2018, the Rox had three players take part in the Northwoods League All-Star Game in Kalamazoo. Jack Cushing, earning his second straight All-Star Game selection, Landon Stephens and Finn Del Bonta-Smith all appeared in the game for the North Division All-Stars. Stephens also took part in the Home Run Derby.
Evan Johnson and Finn Del Bonta-Smith were named Rox Co-MVP’s for the 2018 season.
In 2019, the Rox finished their seventh straight season with a winning record in the Northwoods League. With a record of 44-28, the Rox were Great Plains Second Half Champions, earning them a chance to play in the 2019 playoffs in front of over 57,000 fans at the Rock Pile in over the span of 2019.
The 2019 Rox broke plenty of records, including plenty of single-player records. Jordan Barth had one of the best seasons for a player in a Rox uniform. Barth now holds the records for most hits, doubles, runs, extra-base hits, and games played. Garett Delano broke the single-season RBI record with 53 runs batted in, and Trevor Koenig tied the single-season wins record with seven wins. Field Manager, Augie Rodriquez also etched himself into Northwoods League history by jumping into the top-5 all-time wins list. RJ Martinez, Trevor Koenig, and Garett Delano were selected to the All-Star Game in Waterloo, IA.
Pedro Garcia (Reds) and Alex Carrillo (Rangers) both competed at such a high level for the Rox that it led them to their first professional contracts.
Jordan Barth was selected as Team MVP and Trevor Koenig was honored as Pitcher of the Year for the Rox.