by OSC Special Edition
March 23, 2017 - Midwest League (MWL)
2016 was a victorious year for the Great Lakes Loons as they claimed their first Midwest League Championship. Logan Landon, later picked up by the Dodgers, slammed a go-ahead two-run double in the 6th inning as the Loons defeated the Clinton Lumber Kings, 9-8. The win was their best of 5 series at Dow Diamond.
The Loons made their good-luck charm one Sunday game that had three leads and three ties over the first six innings. Wisconsin and Peoria finished the 2016 season with more losses, which made them tie in the bottom of the table. The clubs has retained most of the key players as they are preparing to be the title holder for the new season. Some key players considered to remain on the Great Lakes include Steve Berman, Matt Walker and Joey Strain, who have a great amount strength and power to enable the team to be in the trophy receiving position. More players with great experience such as Ferguson have also been considered to appear for the new season. The club manager, Paul Barbeau, has confidence that he will hold two consecutive championships, which will be an amazing feat for him and his players.
After undergoing surgery, Walker Buehler, who happens to be MLB.com\'s No. 93 overall and No. 5 prospect for the Dodgers, will be appearing for the first time in the new season since 2015. A.J Puk has been assigned by the A\'s as their top pitching prospect after showing progressive results in his Cactus League appearance.
The Midwest League is looking forward to seeing a new stadium be built to keep the Beloit Snappers as an affiliated team. In preparation for the new season, the Cubs have invited five top prospects, Eloy Jimenez, Cheney Young, Mark Zagunis and Ryan Williams, to join the other 19 players. The Braves have acquired Luiz Gohara, No. 5 prospect, and Thomas Burrows, No. 25 prospect, in a four-year player deal contract. Jerry Dipoto, the Marine\'s manager, is confident with the new signings and believes that he will lead the league.
The Great Lakes Loons will be one of the most exciting clubs to watch because there are many players with big league experience on their team. Pundits and Las Vegas do not present high hopes for Midwest League as contenders although with the current experienced young players, there are high hopes as promises were given that they may be coming out on top.