So I got so excited to do this Northwoods League series that I decided to write up a quick review of the Green Bay Bullfrogs. Normally I would do this alphabetically, but the Bullfrogs have a special place in my heart. Ok, that’s not entirely true, but they are the only team that I have a connection to. The Bullfrogs are the only team that I have seen live in the Northwoods League, and I got a foul ball there. I was like 10 at the time, and that was the first ball that I ever caught from a baseball game. I still have that program, and the team roster included Scott Schebler, who is having a nice season for the Reds. But enough reminiscing, let’s talk about how they are doing.
The Bullfrogs currently sit last in the South division with a 1-6 record in the second half. They were not much better in the first half, going 12-23. The only place they are leading in is that infielder Ben Hart leads the league in errors, which is something that he probably is not too proud of. Obviously that is not very good, but they still have some talent on this roster.Scottsdale CC turned Mississippi State recruit Alex Pener is hitting well, going .288/.432/.432 with 3 home runs, and has been their best player. Aaron Pleschner(So.-San Jose St.), Brad Hamilton(Jr.-Kent State), and Troy Johnson(Fr.-Gonzaga), have all been good too and are players I will be watching. Look out for Alonzo Jones from Vanderbilt to get some more playing time, he’s hitting .323 with a couple homers, 4 doubles and 2 triples. He had a disappointing season last year which was capped with him getting suspended indefinitely from the program. But he is a former Freshman All-American who is one of the fastest players in the country(he ran a 6.1 60 yard dash at a 2014 PG event).
The pitching staff is nothing special, but there is a few gems in the rough. Connor Wollersheim(So.-Kent State) has put up a 2.42 ERA with 42 K/16 BB in 42.2 innings so far, making him one of the best pitchers in the league. Definitely keep an eye on him for the 2018 draft, I certainly will. Jonathan Pendergast(So.-Pepperdine) and Nick Parr(So.-Oakland) have over a strikeout per inning which is always encouraging, although Parr has over half a walk per inning and Pendergast is just under. These three plus Brett Fulk(So.-Lenior Rhyne) are pitchers to look out for.
Hopefully you all enjoyed this and learned a little more about the team. I am not sure if I will be able to do all of this for every team because I want to do the Cape Cod league as well and want to keep these stats relevant, but we’ll see. Thanks for reading.