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Pair of Former Bucks Named MiLB Organizational All-Stars

Waterloo, IA – Two former Waterloo Bucks have been named Organizational All-Stars by MiLB.com.  Kevin Kaczmarski was honored as a top New York Mets’ Minor League outfielder, while Chesny Young, a utility player in the Chicago Cubs organization, was also bestowed the honor.

Kevin Kaczmarski, OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwho played for Waterloo in 2012 and 2014, suited up for the Kingsport Mets in the Rookie-level Appalachian League this past season.  The outfielder led both the entire Mets organization and the Appalachian League with a .355 average.  Kaczmarski stole 20 bases and tied for third in the league with 47 runs.

A product of the University of Evansville, Kaczmarski was a 9th round selection by New York in the 2015 MLB Draft.  Kaczmarski garnered Roth Jewelers Player of the Year Awards in his both seasons with the Bucks.  In two years with the Waterloo, Kaczmarski hit .339 in 102 games, compiling 16 home runs, which ranks as the second most on the Bucks’ career list, 95 RBI, and 22 stolen bases. 

Chesny Young, SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESwho played for Waterloo in 2013, starred for the South Bend Cubs of the Midwest League and the Carolina League’s Myrtle Beach Pelicans in 2015.  Young played five positions during the season, finishing the year with a Carolina League leading .321 average to go along with 18 doubles.  During all of 2015, Young stole 21 bases and finished with a .392 on-base percentage.

Young was selected in the 14th round by Chicago in the 2014 MLB Draft.  A product of Mercer University, Young hit .325 in 58 games in his one season with the Bucks.  A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Young ended the ’13 season leading the Northwoods League in three categories:  runs (62), walks (60), and on-base percentage (.470). Young tied for fourth in the NWL in triples with three and was named to both the mid-season and post-season NWL All-Star Teams.

This offseason, MiLB.com is honoring the players — regardless of age or prospect status — who had the best seasons in their organizations. MiLB.com looks at each farm system to determine the outstanding Minor League seasons.

The Bucks play at Riverfront Stadium where the team will welcome a new state of the art video board in 2016 thanks to a matching grant from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association.  Team ownership has invested more than $170,000 in improvements since the end of the 2014 season including painted bleachers, public Wi-Fi, sound system, group outing areas, and concessions equipment.  Season tickets are currently on sale by calling the Bucks’ Ticket Line at 319/232-5633.  Fans are encouraged to stay in touch during the off-season with the Bucks by utilizing their website at www.waterloobucks.com or utilizing the Waterloo Bucks app.

 

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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 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2016, 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 140 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 Website.  For more information, visit www.waterloobucks.com.