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.
The 57,000 fans that streamed into the Rock Pile were treated to the first-ever Championship Winning Season in Rox History! Augie Rodriguez and his coaching staff guided the team to its fifth straight season above .500, finishing with an overall record of 42-30. The club was crowned first half North Division Champions, posting a 25-11 at the start of the season and later capped off the season winning four of their five playoff games enroute to the Northwoods League 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.