It’s a scout’s dream: the summer-collegiate Northwoods League is adding a Big League Dreams Showcase to the schedule this season, with the best prospects in the league slated to play tonight in Madison.
While the All-Star Game is an event based on accomplishments, the showcase is based on potential. The showcase is a doubleheader open to the public featuring Northwoods League players that were selected by a panel of Major League Baseball scouts, who wants to see how players with potential perform under real game conditions. For instance, Mallards shortstop Erik Forgione hasn’t exactly lit it up at the plate — he’s hitting .238 through 27 games — but he’s outstanding in the field, and presumably the scouts want to see what he does stacked up against the better caliber of players.
The first game will begin at 4:05 pm and will feature teams from the Rochester Honkers, Thunder Bay Border Cats, Willmar Stingers and Duluth Huskies in the North Division and players from the Battle Creek Bombers, Green Bay Bullfrogs, Eau Claire Express and the Wisconsin Woodchucks in the South Division.
The second game, which is scheduled to begin at 7:05 pm, will feature teams from the Alexandria Blue Anchors, St. Cloud Rox, Mankato MoonDogs and Waterloo Bucks in the North Division and players from the Madison Mallards, Lakeshore Chinooks, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters and La Crosse Loggers in the South.
Proceeds from the Big League Dreams Showcase will benefit the Northwoods League Foundation. The Northwoods League Foundation uses baseball to enrich the quality of life for children and families by enduring and caring for members of Northwoods League communities.
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