Rochester, MN – The Northwoods League has announced the rosters for the 2014 Big League Dreams Showcase which includes six members of the Waterloo Bucks. The event, which will be hosted by the Madison Mallards at Warner Park on Tuesday, August 5, will consist of a double-header featuring the top players from the NWL. Derek Burkamper, Kevin Kaczmarski, Greg Kuhlman, Pat MacKenzie, Cody Sedlock, and Landon Simpson have all been chosen to participate in one game of the double-header.
Right-handed pitcher Derek Burkamper, a freshman from the University of Nebraska and originally from Muscatine, Iowa, has appeared in three games for Waterloo with one start. The hurler is 0-1 with an 8.22 ERA and four strikeouts in 7.2 innings.
University of Evansville product Kevin Kaczmarski (pronounced kaz-MAR-ski) has been invited to participate as one of four outfielders on the roster. Kaczmarski is hitting .294 in 30 games for the Bucks. The Cary, Illinois native leads the team in home runs with five to go with 28 RBI and a .546 slugging percentage.
Left-handed pitcher Greg Kuhlman, a junior from Indiana State University and originally from West Des Moines, Iowa, owns a 3-0 record and a 3.95 ERA in eight appearances for Waterloo this summer. In 13.2 innings, Kuhlman has struck out 17.
Pat MacKenzie of Central Michigan University leads the North Division in both hitting and on-base percentage with marks of .385 and .497, respectively, and is second in the league in stolen bases with 21. Originally from Royal Oak, Michigan, the second baseman has 21 RBI and a .441 slugging percentage. Earlier this season, MacKenzie represented the Bucks in the NWL All-Star Game.
Right-handed pitcher Cody Sedlock, a freshman from the University of Illinois and originally from Sherrard, Illinois, ranks sixth in the NWL in ERA with a 2.60 ERA and is tied for the league lead in games started with 11. Sedlock owns a 5-2 record in 11 games and has struck out 44 batters in 55.1 innings.
Right-handed pitcher Landon Simpson, a sophomore from the University of Arkansas and originally from Magnolia, Arkansas, is currently tied for the North Division lead in wins with five. Simpson owns a 5-0 record and a 2.44 ERA to go along with 30 strikeouts in 44.1 innings.
Players for the Showcase were selected by a panel of Major League Baseball Scouts. The players will participate in a day of workouts in front of scouts which will be followed by the double-header.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Northwoods League Foundation. The Northwoods League Foundation utilizes the game of baseball to enrich the quality of life for children and families with an enduring and caring focus on Northwoods League communities.
The first game will start at 4:05 p.m. and will match a team of players from the visiting North Division against a team of South Division players. The North team will have players from the Rochester Honkers, Mankato MoonDogs, St. Cloud Rox and Willmar Stingers. The home South Division team will have players from the Kenosha Kingfish, Green Bay Bullfrogs, Lakeshore Chinooks and the Wisconsin Woodchucks.
The second game will start at 7:35 p.m. and will be played by two additional teams of North and South players. The North team for this game will be made up of players from the Alexandria Blue Anchors, Duluth Huskies, Eau Claire Express and Waterloo Bucks. The South team will have players from the Madison Mallards, Battle Creek Bombers, Kalamazoo Growlers, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters and the La Crosse Loggers. As a side note, MacKenzie will suit up for the South team for game two, while all five other Bucks will be playing for the North Division.
In other news, Bucks' closer Adam Dian has signed a professional contract with the Texas Rangers. Dian was leading the North Division in saves with 13. The right-handed hurler finished the 2014 season with a 2.21 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 20.1 innings. Dian finishes his Waterloo career with 21 saves, three short of the team record of 24 set by Steve Hecker in 1999 and 2000.
The Bucks are currently in the middle of a six-game roadtrip and will face the Thunder Bay Border Cats at 6:05 pm CT tonight. The team will return home on Wednesday, July 30 for a 12:05 pm tilt versus the Rochester Honkers as part of a home-and-home split-doubleheader. For more information, call the Bucks’ Ticket Line at (319) 232-5633. All 72 games may be heard on 1330 AM ESPN (KWLO). Fans are encouraged to stay in touch with the Bucks during the season by utilizing their website at www.waterloobucks.com.
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The Waterloo Bucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st 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 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit www.waterloobucks.com.