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Honkers Sign RHP from Dixie State


(Rochester, Minn.) The Rochester Honkers Baseball Club announced today the signing of right-handed pitcher Tanner Howell from Dixie State for the 2015 summer season.

Howell is a 6-foot-4, 185-pound redshirt freshman from Boulder City, Nev.  He is currently 1-0 with a 1.04 ERA in three starts on the season.  Howell has pitched 17.1 innings, allowing only two earned runs and has struck out 11.

Howell started his freshman season at Dixie State in 2014, but a strained arm muscle kept him out of the lineup for most of the season.  He was medically cleared to play with a month left in the season but chose to not burn a year of eligibility.  He then spent the summer playing for the Kitsap Bluejackets of the West Coast Summer Collegiate League.  He appeared in 16 games, three starts, posting a 1-1 record with 1 save.  Howell pitched 33.2 innings, striking out 24 with a 4.27 ERA.

Howell joins fellow Dixie State teammates, Dylan File, and Trey Kamachi to the Honkers this summer.  Dixie State just completed a four-game sweep of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, in Hawaii and begins another four-game series versus Hawaii Pacific starting on Saturday.

The Rochester Honkers 22nd season begins on May 26th when the Mankato MoonDogs bark into Mayo Field for a 7:05pm first pitch.  Season Tickets, Bonus Books, Suites and Patios are now available. Call the Rochester Honkers office at 507-289-1170 for more information.  The Honkers are 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 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (BOS) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website.  For more information, visit www.rochesterhonkers.com