Summer Scouting Trail: Northwoods League’s Fond du Lac Dock Spiders


After several weeks crosschecking prospects in the Grand Park Summer League and the Kernels Collegiate League, my travels shifted north to the mammoth 22-team Northwoods League. This summer it has been reorganized into pods, playing games in regional groups to support a safe return to baseball this summer.

Starting play on July 1, the groups include the Michigan pod with six teams; Battle Creek Bombers, Great Lakes Resorters, Kalamazoo Growlers, Kalamazoo Mac Daddies, Northern Michigan Dune Bears, Traverse City Pit Spitters. Five teams in the Minnesota/Iowa pod; Mankato Moondogs, Rochester Honkers, St Cloud Rox, Waterloo Bucks, Willmar Stingers. Two teams in the Kenoshaseries; Kenosha Kingfish, K-Town Bombers (who are mostly the Madison Mallards). North Dakota pod; Bismarck Larks, Bismarck Bull Moose, Mandan Flickertails. And six teams from Wisconsin/Illinois region; Fond du Lac Dock Spiders, Green Bay Booyah, LaCrosse Loggers, Rockford Rivets, Wisconsin Woodchucks, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.

Previously, we covered the Rockford Rivets and their impressive array of draft talent. The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders also boast several high-end prospects, including prospects from Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Kentucky, Northern Illinois, Iowa, Oregon, Ole Miss and UCLA.



Ryan Bergert, RHP, West Virginia (2021)– The top 2021 pitching prospect for the Dock Spiders, Bergert is an athletic right-hander who will sit 89-91 and touch 93-94 with a high spin, swing/miss fastball. He also tunnels an above average, mid-80s slider exceptionally well with his heater, allowing the breaker to play up. It’s late, sharp and another swing/miss pitch in his arsenal. This summer Bergert has struck out 31 in 27 IP, while allowing just 15 hits, good for a 2.33 ERA. At a durable 6-foot-2, 210 pounds he repeats a starter-type delivery with good tempo and a clean arm action. He’s currently ranked No. 101 overall in the recently released D1Baseball 2021 College Prospect rankings.

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