MADISON, Wis. — The 2017 MLB Draft featured four former Madison Mallards players, including Northwoods League All-Star pitcher Troy Bacon.
Bacon (Santa Fe College) was drafted in the fourth round (110th overall) by the Atlanta Braves. In his 2016 season with the Mallards, Bacon led the team with 53 strikeouts, six saves, and 13.76 strikeouts per nine innings. At the halfway mark of the season, he led the Northwoods League in wins, despite pitching out of the bullpen.
Mallards selected in 2017 MLB Draft:
RHP Troy Bacon | Atlanta Braves (4th Rd. 110th overall)
RHP Tyler Buffett | Cincinnati Reds (6th Rd. 167th overall)
RHP Colin Brockhouse | Toronto Blue Jays (24th Rd. 729th overall)
SS Matt McCann | Los Angeles Angels (25th Rd. 745th overall)
Tyler Buffett posted a 20-12 record in his four-year career at Oklahoma State with a 3.78 ERA. His lone season in Madison didn’t quite live up to that level, finishing his 2014 campaign with a 1-4 record and 6.35 ERA. Despite the slight dip in production, it surely didn’t hurt that he’s the cousin of Warren Buffett.
Having success in the 2016 season with Bacon was Colin Brockhouse. He finished with a 2-1 record and a 5.40 ERA in four starts, while striking out 7.0 batters per nine innings. Brockhouse was draft-eligible as a sophomore out of Ball State last season, but chose not to sign after being selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 37th round.
Matt McCann spent two seasons in Madison, finding success with the Mallards in the 2015 and 2016 campaigns. He played significantly more in the 2016 season where he posted a .262 batting average with 70 total bases. He also recorded one home run and 22 RBIs. As a player at Farleigh DIckenson University, McCann led the Knights in career stolen bases. He also led the conference in batting average (.379), hits (69) and stolen bases (25).
Competing on the South Division roster at Simmons Field in Kenosha Tuesday night, Madison’s representatives didn’t have enough firepower to make up for a 7-0 lead in the very first inning for the North Division. The North scored on seven hits to lead things off, while the South was forced to play catch-up the rest of the night.
Jarrett, who leads Madison with 34 RBI, couldn’t get on base, striking out twice and going 0-for-3 at the plate. Bacon leads the Northwoods League in wins despite playing a reliever role. He showed his dominance with perhaps the best performance of anyone on the South Division roster, striking out two batters in 2/3 of an inning of work.
Madison returns home Thursday night at 7:05 to host the Kalamazoo Growlers.
The inaugural event held at the harbor adjacent to Lake Michigan was a unique backdrop to kick off the Northwoods League All-Star break. Marty Bechina of the host Kingfish led all batters with six home runs in a format that gave each batter six outs to work with. Batters from the Northern and Southern divisions alternated “innings” hitting off a pier into the lake, with field dimensions marked off by boats provided by the Kenosha Yacht Club.
Leading the Mallards this season with 34 RBI, Jarrett will now participate in the Northwoods League All-Star Game Tuesday night at 7:05 at Simmons Field in Kenosha. The UNC | Charlotte junior was honored to earn that distinction.
“We have so many guys that could have been out there as well as me and [Troy] Bacon, but the team’s constant support is great. Coming out with these guys and playing with them every day and playing for [manager] Donnie [Scott] and [hitting coach] Trev[or] Burmeister and all the other coaches | it makes it easy.”
Pitcher Troy Bacon joins Jarrett on tonight’s Southern Division All-Star Game roster with a 6-2 record and 1.75 ERA. Despite pitching out of the bullpen, Bacon currently leads the league in wins. He adds give saves to his total.
MADISON, Wis. — Madison Mallards All-Star representatives Zach Jarrett and Troy Bacon have a lot to live up to, whether it be competing in the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game or defending a gym on Pokémon GO.
Bacon and Jarrett will represent Madison in the Northwoods League All-Star Game on July 19 held in Kenosha, Wis.
Jarrett, who leads the Mallards with 34 RBI, will also participate in the inaugural Northwoods League Home Run Derby held the day before the All-Star Game. A press release from the NWL describes the one-of-a-kind event, with the participants “batting from a pier that extends in to Lake Michigan. Sailboats from the Kenosha Yacht Club will serve as the foul poles to mark the dimensions of Simmons Field and a floating barrier will mimic the outfield wall. Derby participants will attempt to hit home runs over the floating barrier into the downtown Kenosha Harbor.”
“I’m sure it’s going to be a great time,” said Jarrett, son of NASCAR great Dale Jarrett. “The Home Run Derby is always fun for the guys that are in it and everybody else that’s watching…To see what everybody can do is a lot of fun.”
Not nominated for the derby, but joining Jarrett on the All-Star roster is Troy Bacon, currently with a 6-and-2 record (the first NWL pitcher to reach six wins this season). Bacon took part in a Home Run Derby of his own Thursday night, beating out the other members of the pitching staff with seven home runs in 10 swings during batting practice. Over his shoulder, Bacon proudly displayed the championship belt formerly owned by Mallards pitcher Luke Shilling.
Bacon is also one of the team’s better players of popular smartphone app Pokémon GO:
Jarrett isn’t as much of a fan, shaking his head when asked his thoughts on the newest smartphone craze.
“Personally, I haven’t gotten into it, but there are definitely a lot of guys on the team that are into it. On the bus rides and whenever we’re going on the road, getting off the bus, they’re walking around trying to find stuff. Even around [Warner Park] they’re just walking around the park doing it. It’s pretty crazy how it’s just blown up in a short period of time.”
Bacon (Santa Fe College) has pitched to a 2.14 ERA so far this season with a 5-2 record, while Jarrett (UNC | Charlotte) is batting .276 with six home runs and 32 RBI.
The Mallards are currently second in the Southern Division in the second half of the season (3-2, 26-15 overall) after a 6-0 win over the Kalamazoo Growlers on Sunday. Bacon pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out one of the batters he faced. Jarrett was 1-4 with one RBI.
The Mallards’ representatives will head to Kenosha for the July 19th All-Star Game with a 7:00 p.m. start time.
The entire Northwoods League All-Star Game roster can be found below: