(Rochester, Minn.)— The Rochester Honkers announced today the signing of infielder Kyle Kasser, from the University of Oregon, for the 2016 season.
Kasser is a 5-foot-10, 176-pound sophomore infielder from Brea, California. He appeared in 26 games as a freshman in 2015, hitting .208 with seven RBIs in 24 plate appearances. He proved to be an asset off the bench, hitting .333 with a double, seven RBIs and two walks in 19 plate appearances as a pinch-hitter.
A 2014 graduate of Brea Olinda High School, Kasser earned four letters in baseball. He finished his senior season hitting .434 in 30 games played with eight doubles and nine stolen bases. He struck out only two times in 115 plate appearances. He also didn’t commit a single error while playing in the infield.
Kasser has played for the El Dorado Broncos of the Jayhawk League in the summer of 2015, and prior to that, the Klamath Falls Gems of the West Coast Collegiate League in 2014.
The Oregon Ducks are picked to finish fourth in the 2016 Pac-12 Preseason Baseball Coaches’ Poll, behind Oregon State, UCLA and California. They open up the 2016 season on Friday, February 19, when they travel to San Diego State for three-game series with the Aztecs.
The Rochester Honkers 23rd season begins on May 31st when the team travels to Eau Claire, Wisconsin to take on the Express. The following night, Wednesday, June 1st, the Honkers battle the Express in their home opener at Mayo Field at 7:05 pm. 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 2016 season and ask all interested parties to call the business office for more information.
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 22-year old summer collegiate 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 140 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 (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com.