Summer Scouting Trail: Northwoods League’s Green Bay Booyah
Week Seven of the Summer Scouting Trail took me back to the Northwoods League where this summer it has been reorganized into pods, playing games in regional groups.
Starting play on July 1, the groups included 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 Kenosha series; 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.
Like the Rockford Rivets and Fond du Lac Dock Spiders, the Green Bay Booyah boast an impressive amount of talent, including a pair of 70-grade runners and plenty of left-handed talent on the mound.
The analysis on Green Bay includes prospects from Columbia, Kentucky, Dixie State, Milwaukee, Louisville, Eastern Illinois, Princeton, Nicholls State, Kansas State, New Mexico State and Clemson.
Andy Blake, SS, Columbia (2021)
– The Northwoods League can be tough on hitters who have just finished their freshman season, but the long-limbed Blake more than held his own playing everyday at shortstop for the Booyah. Currently batting .252 with four home runs in 155 at-bats the 6-foot-4, 185-pound right-handed hitter has length to his swing and leveraged over-the-fence power to his pull side. However, he’s learning to drive the other way and flashed an ability for hard contact to the opposite field during game action with a pair of line outs and a long sac fly to right field. An above average runner underway, Blake also possesses good base running instincts. He’s currently 14-for-17 in the stolen base department. Defensively, he has a tendency to stay back on ground balls and rely on his arm strength to make plays, but he does have athletic feet and dependable hands. With his long frame he profiles best to third base in the future. As a 2018 high school graduate who attended prep school in 2019, Blake is sophomore-eligible for the 2021 draft.
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