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Published On: June 12th, 2016

Waterloo, Iowa – Two former Waterloo Bucks were drafted on the third day of the 2016 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Saturday, bringing the total number of former Bucks drafted to five.  Tyler Peyton and Zach McKinstry were taken in the later rounds of the draft, joining Day One draftees A.J. Puk, Cody Sedlock, and Dane Dunning as former Bucks to be seleOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERActed.

The first Waterloo player selected on the third day of the 2016 MLB Draft was right-handed pitcher Tyler Peyton.  Peyton was taken in the 29th round with the 884th pick by the Chicago Cubs.  A product of the University of Iowa, Peyton played for the Bucks in 2013, seeing time as both a pitcher and first baseman.  On the mound, the Grimes, Iowa native appeared in four games, finishing with a 1-0 record and a 3.20 ERA.  As a hitter, Peyton saw 35 at bats, hitting .143.  As a senior for the Hawkeyes, Peyton went 4-5 with a 4.24 ERA in 13 appearances, including 12 starts, over 68 innings. He went 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA over his final four starts with a complete game shutout and a 26 1/3 scoreless innings streak.

With the 1,001st overall pick (33rd round), the Los Angeles Dodgers selected shortstop Zach McKinstry.  A product of Central Michigan University, McKinstry played for the Bucks in 2015, hitting .281 with 3 home runs, 21 RBI, and 8 stolen bases.  This season for the Chippewas, the Ft. Wayne, Indiana native hit .325 with 26 RBI.  He OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAalso stole 12 bases in 17 attempts and committed 17 errors on 286 chances at shortstop for a .941 fielding percentage.

The 2016 MLB Draft was a historic one for Waterloo, with a Northwoods League record three players from the same team selected in the first round in Puk, Sedlock, and Dunning.

The Bucks begin a three-game homestand today, with a 3:35 pm start versus the Kenosha Kingfish.  Today’s game can be heard online at with play-by-play announcer Jared Shlensky.

The Bucks play at Riverfront Stadium where the team welcomed 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, individual game tickets, and group outings are currently on sale by calling the Bucks’ Ticket Line at (319) 232-5633.  Fans are encouraged to stay in touch during the season with the Bucks by utilizing their website at 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, 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, visit