Former high school standouts look to use Rivets as launching pad

LOVES PARK, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Northwoods League has a proven track record of sending college athletes to the pros.

163 current and former Northwoods League players were drafted in the MLB First Year Players Draft earlier this week.

Former Forreston standout Nathan Schneiderman and Rockford Christian graduate Nolan Gazouski are a pair of pitchers playing for the Rockford Rivets this summer. While both are enjoying being back in the Stateline, each are hoping this will get them the notoriety they need to get drafted next year.

"I grew up playing on this field a lot with travel ball and just the area. Going to RiverHawks games and Aviators games," said Schneiderman. "So, it's a good chance to play here and nice to be home."

"Next year, you know, the big plan is to hopefully get drafted and the Northwoods is always known for being one of the better summer collegiate leagues," said Gazouski. "So, when I brought it up to my coach (at Ball State) he said it's a great place to be. you know, get on radars."

"Everything in the Northwoods, they have it," said Schneiderman. "Scouts are here, they have the people, you just have to prove your point, get the name out there."