|Northwoods League Top Prospects|
|Mitchell Kilkenny, rhp, Madison (So., Texas A&M)|
|T.J. Friedl, of, St. Cloud (SIGNED: Reds)|
|Daulton Varsho, c, Eau Claire (Jr., Wisconsin-Milwaukee)|
|Troy Bacon, rhp, Madison (So., Santa Fe JC, Fla.)|
|Jake Shepski, of, Mankato (Jr., Notre Dame)|
|Griffin Conine, of, La Crosse (So., Duke)|
|Luke Shilling, rhp, Madison (So., Illinois)|
|Drew Ellis, 3b/of, Rochester (R-So., Louisville)|
|Nick Raquet, lhp, La Crosse (R-So., William & Mary)|
|Steele Walker, of, Wisconsin (So., Oklahoma)|
Postseason Recap: The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters captured the first Northwoods League title in team history, sweeping their way through the playoffs with a perfect 4-0 record. The Rafters pulled out a nail-biting 5-4 win against Eau Claire in Game One of the NWL finals, winning it on Rob Calabrese's (Illinois-Chicago) walk-off home run. The second game didn't have quite the same drama, as the Rafters pulled out a big lead by scoring six runs in the top of the sixth and went on to win 11-4. Calabrese had three more hits in the clincher while Joe Wainhouse (Washington) had four RBIs.
1. Mitchell Kilkenny, rhp, Madison (So., Texas A&M)
Kilkenny worked out of the bullpen for Texas A&M this spring but impressed when he did get opportunities, posting a 1.67 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 27 innings. He started five games for Madison and showed the best combination of stuff and projectability of any pitcher in the league. Listed at 6-foot-4, 202 pounds, Kilkenny has a lean, athletic frame and his motion is loose and easy. He stays upright throughout, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot and works quickly. Kilkenny works with a four-pitch arsenal and throws them all for strikes—he had just three walks in 32 innings this summer. He works 90-94 mph with his fastball, throws a changeup and curveball in the 77-80 mph range and a cutter from 87-91 mph. The latter pitch might be his best—it has excellent depth and deception, especially when it's thrown down in the zone, and hitters were often helpless against it during the summer.