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Two Bucks Named to NWL Major League Dreams Showcase Roster

Waterloo, IA – The Northwoods League has announced the rosters for the 2016 Major League Dreams Showcase which includes two members of the Waterloo Bucks.  The event, which will be hosted by the Madison Mallards at Warner Park on Tuesday, August 9, will consist of a double-header featuring the top players from the NWL.  Waterloo outfielder Robert Neustrom and pitcher Trevor Patterson have been chosen to participate in game one of the double-header.

Neustrom, neustrom-roberta freshman from the University of Iowa and originally from Sioux City, Iowa, is hitting .321 with four home runs and 34 RBI for the Bucks this summer.  The 6’3”, 200-pound outfielder has 12 doubles, a .469 slugging percentage, and five stolen bases in 44 games.

Patterson, a right-handed junior from Minnesota State University, has appeared in 11 games this season for Waterloo, owning a 1.69 ERA.  The 6’4”, 220-pounder from Chanhassen, Minnesota has struck out four in 10.2 innings pitched and is holding opponents to a .147 batting average.

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-hpatterson-trevoreader.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Northwoods League Foundation. The Northwoods League Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that serves as a vehicle to transform a shared passion for baseball into positive change and support for communities. Of the many needs the foundation may address through grants, scholarships or donations, one ongoing focus will be to view its member communities and look upon the baseball programs they have in place with a harmonious goal of making them all finer places to live.

The first game will start at 4:05 p.m. and will match two teams featuring a mix of North and South Division players. The players on the visiting team in this game will come from St. Cloud, Mankato, Thunder Bay, Wisconsin and Duluth. The home team will be made up of players from La Crosse, Waterloo, Wisconsin Rapids, Eau Claire and Rochester.

The second game will start at 7:35 p.m. and will be played by two additional teams of North and South players.  Tickets for the event are available at www.mallardsbaseball.com.

The Bucks finish their two-game road trip tonight in Thunder Bay, Ontario versus the Border Cats at 6:05 pm, but return home on Thursday to start a two-game homestand with a 7:05 pm game versus the Willmar Stingers.  All games can be heard online at www.waterloobucks.com with play-by-play announcer Jared Shlensky.  Tickets are currently available.  Fans are encouraged to call the Bucks’ Ticket Line at (319) 232-5633 or order online, with Thursday’s tickets being available at http://waterloo-bucks.nwltickets.com/SingleGame/Tickets/SelectSeats/2726.

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 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, 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 http://www.waterloobucks.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the Bucks as your favorite team.