Thunder Bay, Ont. – Thunder Bay Border Cats pitcher Vinny Santarsiero (Fontbonne) has signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as of Sunday night. After scouts watched him during his Northwoods League stint, Santarsiero was invited down to throw a bullpen in St. Louis, MO and was offered a contract upon completion.

“To God the glory! Thank You Thunder Bay, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn't for you and your team!” Vinny said when asked about the recent signing.  Santarsiero achieved a 1.66 ERA in 21.2 innings of work, appearing in 16 games allowing only nine runs while striking out 23 with two wins, one loss and a team leading four saves.

The Border Cats wish Vinny the best of luck with his professional career.


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.