Tyler Hoeft and Kevin Kilpatrick Named Northwoods League Postseason All-Stars
Pitcher Tyler Hoeft and outfielder Kevin Kilpatrick will represent the Wisconsin Woodchucks on the Northwoods League Postseason All-Star team.
Hoeft is selected to the roster after being named a 2021 Northwoods League Major League Dreams participant on August 3. Kilpatrick meanwhile earns the postseason accolade following appearances in the July 19 Home Run Challenge and the July 20 All-Star Game.
Hoeft–a right-handed pitcher from Washington State–made 10 appearances in 2021, all starts. In a team-high 54.2 innings pitched for the Chucks, he compiled a 3.29 ERA and a WHIP of 1.26. His record was 6-1, with his six wins being second in the Northwoods League.
Kilpatrick will leave Wausau with a .325 batting average. He hit six home runs as a Woodchuck. The College of Central Florida product had 44 runs batted in and an OPS of .889, partially buoyed by an 18-game hitting streak from June 19 to July 12.
31 Northwoods League players from both divisions were named to the single roster. Hoeft was one of 12 pitchers and Kilpatrick was part of a six-man outfield delegation on the team.
Northwoods League Announces 2021 Postseason All-Star Team
Mankato’s Higgins and Fond du Lac’s Simpson are Co-MVP, Traverse City’s Schuelke is Top Pitcher
Rochester, Minn. – The Northwoods League announced the 2021 Postseason All-Star Team and award winners on Friday, August 13. Mankato outfielder Matt Higgins and Fond du Lac second baseman Chandler Simpson were named the League’s Co-Most Valuable Player and Traverse City’s Cam Schuelke was named Pitcher of the Year as voted by the League’s coaches and members of the media. David Bellamy from St. Cloud was named the Manager of the Year and Brandon Vial from St. Cloud won the Coach of the Year Award.
Higgins, a junior at Bellarmine University, was a 2021 mid-season All-Star and hometown hero of the Northwoods League Home Run Challenge the night before the game. He currently has a .335 average with five home runs, 19 doubles and 50 RBI. Higgins is a native of Louisville, Kentucky.
Simpson set a Northwoods League record with 55 stolen bases this season and recently signed with Georgia Tech. He was a mid-season All-Star and went 2 for 5 in the game. He also played in the Major League Dreams Showcase where he stole four bases and went 2 for 6. Simpson hit .377 this season with 23 RBI and 52 runs scored.
Cam Schuelke, a right-handed pitcher from the Traverse City Pit Spitters, was named the Northwoods League Pitcher of the Year. Schuelke, a freshman at Florida Gulf Coast University, has appeared in 15 games and has eight wins and a miniscule 0.68 ERA. He has 48 strikeouts in 53 innings pitched.
Kenosha first baseman Justin Janas from the University of Illinois was also selected for the Postseason All-Star Team and is currently leading the league in batting average at .402.
Higgins, Simpson, Schuelke and Janas are among the 31 players selected to the NWL’s Postseason All-Star team.
The St. Cloud Rox led all teams with four selections while the Mankato MoonDogs and the Waterloo Bucks each had three players selected.
In his first season in St. Cloud, David Bellamy of the Rox is the 2021 Manager of the Year. The Rox currently have the best overall record in the league at 49-17 and are the First and Second Half Champions in the Great Plains West Division.
Brandon Vial earned the award for 2021 Coach of the Year in the Northwoods League. Vial is in his first year with the Rox.
2021 Northwoods League Postseason All-Stars
The Wisconsin Woodchucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 27-year old summer collegiate 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, over 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.woodchucks.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Woodchucks as your favorite team.