Did you know Noah Strohl, a member of your Grossmont baseball team, is playing summer collegiate baseball in the Northwoods League this season? Noah is currently on the Northwoods League's Thunder Bay Border Cats roster playing home games in Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
Noah is playing in what many consider to be the premier summer collegiate baseball league in the country. Northwoods League teams play 72 games in 76 days, and the players travel on nice coach buses, stay in hotels, get to play in front of thousands of fans, (the Northwoods League draws over 1 million fans each season and some games have over 6,000 fans), play with wood bats, sign autographs, and essentially get a preview of what professional baseball will be like for them if they are able to go professional. Just as importantly, they learn what it's like to face a competitive opponent on a day-to-day basis while learning how to be a good teammate. Overall, an excellent educational experience.
As an added benefit to that experience, Northwoods League players are observed by MLB scouts during many of the games throughout the season. More than 60 MLB scouts cover the Northwoods League's All-Star Game and Major League Dreams Showcase (MLDS) events. In fact, our MLDS double-header event was created because the MLB scouts wanted to see more of the Northwoods League players than are possible in the context of an All-Star Game. So, the League asks the scouts to pick the top 100 players out of the Northwoods League that they would like to see and we essentially close down the League for a day in order to put on the MLDS. All of this helps to get these wonderful young baseball players even more exposure. To date, the Northwoods League has had 175 alumni make it to "the show" with an MLB team.