• Six Rafters Chosen for Major League Dreams Showcase

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    July 23, 2019

    Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The first-place Wisconsin Rapids Rafters will be well-represented at the 2019 Major League Dreams Showcase in Madison, sending six players to the exclusive event.

    The Dreams Showcase features 100 of the top prospects from around the Northwoods League, selected by major-league scouts. The participants form four teams of prospects to work out and play a doubleheader, giving the selected Rafters a unique opportunity to perform in front of professional scouts.

    Right-handed pitchers Jimmy Borzone, Brayden Bonner and Zack Hunsicker will represent a Rafters pitching staff that holds the second-lowest ERA in the league. Infielder Edarian Williams and outfielder Davion Downey were also selected. CJ Willis earned a spot in the prestigious event, but will not be participating due to injury.

    Borzone, a sophomore from Dixie State, boasts a 1.42 ERA and has 28 strikeouts with five saves this summer. Brayden Bonner, also a Dixie State product, leads the team with six saves and holds a 1.71 ERA with a 3-1 record out of the bullpen. Central Florida’s Zack Hunsicker has 16 strikeouts in eight appearances.

    After a stellar freshman season at UNLV, Williams is hitting .241 with 14 RBIs and 20 walks. Downey has driven in 18 runs while hitting .356 for Rapids. The Baylor sophomore has a .477 on-base percentage and 12 stolen bases.

    Want to attend a Rafters game this season? Single-game tickets are on sale now. For more information on all Rafters ticket offerings visit Raftersbaseball.com, call the Rafthouse at 715-424-5400, or come visit us over at historic Witter Field. The Rafters ticket office is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday at Witter Field, 521 Lincoln Street in Wisconsin Rapids.

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    The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods 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.raftersbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rafters as your favorite team.