Thunder Bay, Ont. – Three members of the 2016 Border Cats roster will be headed to Madison Wisconsin for the Northwoods League Annual Major League Dreams Showcase.

Mitch Bigras (Boston College), Michael Papierski (Louisiana State), Andy Weber (University of Virginia) will all be heading to Madison Tuesday August 9th to participate in the showcase. The showcase, which consists of a day of workouts and two games in the evening is selected by a panel of MLB scouts to bring together the top players of the Northwoods League.

Mitch Bigras has put up 18 runs on 28 hits as a Border Cat notching a .283 batting average. Bigras leads the team with three tipples, including one to earn a walk off win against the Rochester Honkers. The Ontario native has earned a .994 fielding percentage with 160 put outs with only one error.

Louisiana State catcher Michael Papierski has had an impressive season behind the dish putting out 156 players in 194.2 innings of play. Papierski has earned a .298 batting average picking up two home runs, 25 runs and 16 RBI.

Joining Bigras and Paperski in Madison will be second baseman Andy Weber (Virginia). Weber has a .995 fielding percentage over 339.2 innings. The six-foot freshman is leading the Cats with six stolen bases and has earned a .317 batting average with 53 hits and 11 RBI.

The games will take places 4:05pm CST / 5:05pm EST with the remaining players playing at 7:35pm CST / 8:35pm EST.


The Thunder Bay Border Cats are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball, 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 150 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 (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the Border Cats as your favourite team.