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Published On: May 19th, 2016

(Rochester, Minn.) – The Rochester Honkers announced today the signings of right-handed pitchers Ethan Kenkel of South Dakota State and Robert Paccione of Long Island University, Post, to temporary contracts for the 2016 Northwoods League season.

Kenkel, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound junior, from Storm Lake, Iowa, is 2-3 with a 7.39 ERA with SDSU. In his 14 appearances with the Jackrabbits, in which two of them are starts, he has pitched 28 innings, has 24 strikeouts and 17 walks.  In his last outing against Minnesota, the junior went three innings, gave up four hits, two runs and struck out two in a 7-6 SDSU win.

Paccione, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound, freshman, from Commack, New York, is 1-4 with an 8.62 ERA with the Pioneers this season. In his seven appearances, he has pitched 15.2 innings, has nine strikeouts and five walks.

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, 150 former 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