The Border Cats have added two Division One pitchers to the roster for the upcoming 2016 season. Marcus Failing and David Manasek will be making their way to Thunder Bay from the University of Albany and Fordham University respectively.

In his first year at the University of Albany Failing (Albany) has notched 14 strikeouts in only 21.2 innings pitched over five appearances. Before Albany Marcus attended Herkimer Community College in Herkimer, New York where he was credited with four wins in eight appearances and 32 innings. The New York native notched 32 strikeouts and attained a 3.38 ERA in his 2014-2015 season.

David Manasek (Fordham) made an immediate impact in his first year at Fordham last year with 19 appearances and 32 innings pitched picking up 32 strikeouts and only 28 hits finishing with a 5.06 ERA. The Pennsylvania native has started the 2016 season strong with three strikeouts in three innings pitched.


The Border Cats are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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, more than 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS),Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website.