Bynum named Northwoods All-Star, will compete in HR derby

July 16, 2017

Scooter Bynum baseball

Scooter Bynum

Even at 21, he still goes by Scooter.

But you can call him All-Star.

Scooter Bynum of Fairbanks has been added to the North Division team for the 2017 Northwoods League All-Star Game Tuesday in Wausau, Wisconsin.

“I’m excited to be invited and to make my first-ever all-star game and home run derby because it’s been a goal of mine for a while,” he told me.

Bynum, of Monroe Catholic High fame, is the starting center fielder for the Bismarck Larks and the second player from his team to be selected to the all-star game. He will be the first Larks player ever to participate in the home run derby.

The 6-foot-1 slugger leads Bismarck with five home runs and 27 RBIs while batting .299 in 36 games.

Bynum doesn’t buy the theory that a dinger derby can ruin your swing.

“Only you can mentally,” he said. “I avoid mental barriers by thinking about my past and my highs and lows and always remember that the lows are gonna happen; just try to make them as short as possible.”

The former Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year provides a mix of power and patience with 21 walks and a .391 on-base percentage.

That versatility has allowed the Bizmarck manager to move Bynum all over the lineup, ranging from the leadoff spot to the cleanup position to the nine hole.

Bynum, who will be a senior at Northern Illinois University this fall, is having a blast in the Northwoods League. He still plays the game like a kid. A kid named Scooter, a man named Roderick.

“I still go by Scooter I like it and my teammates like it too,” he said. “As I get older I realize that I don’t have to prove anything to anyone except myself because I know I put the work in to be great so I just have to make it happen now.”