(Rochester, Minn.)— The Rochester Honkers announced today the signing of Drew Ellis, infielder from the University of Louisville, for the 2016 Northwoods League season!
Ellis is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound redshirt freshman from Jeffersonville, Indiana. The Cardinals have slated Ellis to be their starting third baseman when the team opens the 2016 season on Friday, February 19th, when Southern Illinois University comes to Louisville for a three-game series.
Ellis proved to be one of the offensive standouts during the Cardinals’ fall ball practices, hitting .354 with two home runs and 12 RBI in nearly 50 at bats. He did not see action while redshirting during his first season with the program in 2015.
Ellis graduated from Jeffersonville High School in 2014 where he earned four letters in baseball and was a three-time All-State honorable mention honoree. He was ranked as the No. 4 player in the state of Indiana by Perfect Game and ranked as the top 500 player nationally. He finished his senior season hitting .488 with 13 doubles and seven home runs. He was also a four-year letter winner in basketball and a two-time All-State honorable mention selection.
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.