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Three Stingers looking to put on a show for scouts at Northwoods League All-Star Game

WILLMAR — The Northwoods League All-Star Game is an honor for those selected, but it’s also an opportunity.

Scouts from every Major League Baseball team show up to the game to get a look at the best the league has to offer.

“It’s a huge opportunity with that many scouts,” Stingers’ first baseman Marc Flores said. “All you have to do is show them what you’ve got.”

Flores was selected to the North Division’s team along with teammates Michael Suchy, Colin Poche and Abe Bobb, though Bobb is unable to participate due to his innings limit.

Suchy and Flores will also participate in the NWL Home Run Derby.

The game is 7:35 p.m. today at Carson Park in Eau Claire, Wis. The Derby will precede the All-Star Game with a 6 p.m. start.

Flores said being selected means a lot to him.

“Even though it’s a summer league, there are a lot of good players,” Flores said. “It’s just an honor to be playing this well to be in the All-Star Game and participate in the home run derby.”

The slugger out of Hawaii, who is playing in his first all-star game at the college level, hopes to catch the eye of scouts at the NWL game and go pro next year.

“If I would’ve gotten picked (in the draft), I would’ve signed,” Flores said. “It didn’t happen this year, but hopefully it can happen next year.”

Poche is no stranger to scouts either. The lefthander was a fifth-round selection of the Baltimore Orioles in the 2012 MLB draft, but chose to attend Arkansas.

“I thought about it for a while and realized I really needed to go to college before I went into pro baseball,” Poche said. “I still have a couple years to think about (the pros). It’s good to get seen by scouts, but right now it’s not really the main goal.”

As with Flores, the all-star selection is a first for the Razorback sophomore as a college athlete.

“Out of high school I played in the North Texas All-Star Game,” Poche said. “This will be fun, it’ll be a first for me.”

Suchy is the veteran of the group, going to his second straight NWL All-Star Game. Suchy went 1-for-3 in the 2012 game at Madison.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized,” Suchy said. “The first game was unreal — one of my best baseball memories. I hope just to continue it this year.”  

Ben Brewster

Ben Brewster covers the Willmar Stingers and other area sports, as well as laying out the daily sports section cover for the West Central Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @benbrewster.

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