Published On: February 15th, 2018


Honkers Add Two Pitchers to Staff

(Rochester Minn.) –  The Rochester Honkers have announced the signings of Rigo Fernandez and Ray Diaz from Cal State Dominguez Hills for the 2018 season.

Fernandez, a left-handed pitcher from Beverly Hills, Calif. made his first start of the year this past weekend against 6th ranked California Baptist. The 170-pound junior tossed 4 1/3 innings and gave up four runs on four hits. Fernandez struck out eight to lead the Toros to a 5-4 win.

In his sophomore year, Fernandez made 17 appearances including four starts. He finished the year with a 6.46 ERA over 39 innings. He struck out 38. As a freshman he started two games making 18 appearances. At Beverly Hills High School, the 6-foot lefty was named All-Ocean League twice.

Diaz, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound junior right hander, has made one relief appearance on the early season, pitching 1.0 inning of relief and striking out 1 in a 15-4 loss versus California Baptist.

Diaz began his college career at Cal State Northridge. During his sophomore year at Northridge he made 24 appearances with five starts. He struck out 30 batters in 41 1/3 innings of work posting a 6.10 ERA.  A Torrance, Calif. native, he attended Torrance High School, where he finished his senior season with a 1.69 ERA, and a 2.28 career ERA.

Dominguez Hills continues play Thursday, February 15th at Point Loma Nazarene for a three-game series versus the Sea Lions.

The Rochester Honkers 25th season begins on Tuesday, May 29th when the team hosts the Eau Claire Express in their home opener at Mayo Field at 7:05 pm. 5-Game Packs and Kids Club Memberships are available now!  Season Tickets, ½ Season Plans, Suites and Patios are also available. Call the Rochester Honkers office at 507-289-1170 for more information.


The Rochester Honkers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods 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 185 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Honkers as your favorite team.

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