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NWL Co-Pitcher of the Year to Return to Honkers in 2015


The Texas A&M product will become the first Honker pitcher to play four seasons with the club

(Rochester, Minn)The Rochester Honkers Baseball Club announced today that Matt Kent, a left-handed pitcher from Texas A&M, will return to the team in 2015.  The 2014 Rochester Honkers Pitcher of the Year and Northwoods League (NWL) Co-Pitcher of the Year will return for his record setting fourth summer with the Honkers.

Kent is a 6-foot, 175-pound redshirt junior from Waco, Texas.  He finished the 2014 NWL season 3-3 with a 2.06 ERA in 77.2 innings of work.   Kent made 11 starts on the season collecting a team-high 71 strikeouts to only 10 walks while pitching two complete games.  Kent ranked 5th overall in the NWL in ERA, 2nd in Strikeouts, 2nd in Innings Pitched and tied for 1st in Complete Games.  Opponents hit only .222 against him.

The true ace of the Honkers’ pitching staff, Kent was dominant for much of his season in Rochester, becoming the team’s all-time leader in innings pitched with 228.1 in his career.  Kent earned honors as a NWL Midseason All-Star, Postseason All-Star, named NWL Co-Pitcher of the Year, a NWL Top 10 Prospect and tabbed for the second consecutive year, the Rochester Honkers Pitcher of the Year.  He also participated in the NWL Big Dream Showcase where he struck out two of three batters he faced in a 1-2-3 inning.

The Rochester Honkers 2015 schedule will be released very soon.  Season Tickets, Bonus Books, Suites and Patios are now available for the team’s 22nd season of calling Rochester home.  Call the Rochester Honkers Office at 507-289-1170 for more information.  The team is also looking for host families for the 2015 season and ask all interested parties to call the business office for more information.

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The Rochester Honkers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (BOS) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel.  For more information, visit www.rochesterhonkers.com.