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Published On: May 27th, 2017


(Rochester Minn.) – The Rochester Honkers announced today the signing of infielder Ryan Fitzpatrick from UC Irvine, right-handed pitcher Connor Mayes from Texas, and Weston Hatten from Nevada. Fitzpatrick played first base for the Honkers during the 2016 season.

Fitzpatrick is a 6-foot-3, 235-pound junior from San Clemente, Calif. He went to JSerra High school, where he earned two letters and was named team captain his senior season. Ryan spent his first two seasons at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif. His sophomore season, he hit .312 with 10 doubles, seven home runs, 32 RBIs, and 37 runs score in 39 games. During the season, he compiled a hitting streak of eight twice. He earned first-team all-conference during the season and helped the Gauchos win their first conference title in 18 years.

Last summer, Ryan played in 31 games for the Honkers. He batted .290 for the summer, which was best on the team. He collected 31 hits including five home runs with 14 RBIs and 14 runs scored. Fitzpatrick joins Anteater Konnor Zickefoose in Rochester this summer.

Mayes is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior from Austin, Texas. He lettered three times at Lake Travis High School under pitching coach Dennis Cook, who pitched 15 seasons in the MLB. Connor went 11-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 90 strikeouts in his senior season, earning him Third Team All-State and Texas All-Star Team. He was also name Central Texas Pitcher of the Year. He also pitched a perfect game as a junior.

Mayes was named Co-Most Outstanding Pitcher of the Big 12 Tournament as a freshman at Texas. He pitched a complete game shutout against Baylor, the first by a Texas pitcher since 2010. He was also named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. This season, Mayes earned a 1-1 record and 5.32 ERA in 11 games. He struck out 20 batters in 23.2 innings. Mayes joins Longhorn teammates Beau O’Hara and Zach Zubia in Rochester this summer.

Hatten is a 6-foot-4, 215-pound junior from Fresno, Calif. He was named to the All-Tri-River Athletic Conference and all-region teams as a senior at Clovis West High School. Hatten spent his first two seasons at Washington State. In his sophomore season, he appeared in 46 games with 34 starts. Weston hit .246 with 10 doubles, four home runs, 13 RBIs, and scored 20 runs. He compiled 16 multi-hit games over his career with the Cougars. Hatten sat out the 2017 season to transfer to Nevada. Hatten joins Wolfpack teammate Mike Echavia in Rochester this summer.

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. The NEW 5-Game Packs 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 Honkers are also looking for host families for the 2017 season and ask all interested parties to call the business office for more information.


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