Former St. Cloud Rox pitcher Zach Pop, made his Major League debut for the Miami Marlins on Saturday, April 3, 2021. Pop is the 250th former Northwoods League player to reach the Major League level.

Pop, who played collegiately at the University of Kentucky, played for the St. Cloud Rox in 2015. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 7th round of the 2017 MLB draft.

Included in the 250 Alumni to reach MLB are 7 former Border Cats players.

Matt Mangini (2005 Border Cats)
Jonathan Diaz (2005 Border Cats)
Blaine Hardy (2008 Border Cats)
Seth Frankoff (2008 Border Cats)
A.J. Schugel (2009-2010 Border Cats)
Ryan Court (2010 Border Cats)
Wes Parsons (2012 Border Cats)

Click the link below to see the full list of NWL Alumni in MLB.…/04/NWL-Alumni-in-MLB-1.pdf

The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 27th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, 250 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Star Jordan Zimmermann (DET). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.