(Rochester, Minn.) – The Rochester Honkers announced today the signing of two Call State Fullerton players. Infielder Tristan Hildebrandt, and right handed pitcher Blake Workman will be joining the team for the 2017 Northwoods League season.
Tristan Hildebrandt is a 5-foot-9, 175 lb. junior from Yorba Linda, Calif. He finished his sophomore at Cal State Fullerton, playing in 50 games, starting in 30 of them. He tallied 21 hits, three doubles, and added one triple to the season. He finished the season with a .174 batting average and contributed 10 RBI’s.
Hildebrandt graduated from Esperanza High School, where he played four years on the varsity squad, and was the only freshman in school history to make varsity. He finished his senior season hitting .482, with 23 RBIs, four homeruns and was selected as the Team MVP and named Best Offensive Player in Century League. He was then selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 16th round, 495th overall pick in the 2014 First-Year MLB Player Draft. Tristan's father, Vern Hildebrandt, played for the Minnesota Twins in 1986-1988.
Blake Workman is a 6-foot-2, 195 lb. sophomore from Ramona, Calif. As a freshman, he appeared in only four games but showed great promise going 1-0, recording three strikeouts and allowing six hits through 4.1 innings. As a senior in high school, he had a 6-5 record with a 1.43 ERA, 73 strikeouts in 68 innings, earning him Valley League Pitcher of the Year, Ramona Pitcher of the Year, and First Team All-League.
The Cal State Fullerton Titans make their season debut on February 17-19 at home against the Stanford Cardinals.
The Rochester Honkers 24th season begins on Tuesday, May 30th when the team hosts the Mankato Moondogs in their home opener at Mayo Field at 7:05 pm. Season Tickets, ½ Season Plans, 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 2017 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 24-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 160 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.