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Published On: February 22nd, 2018


Three California Natives to play in Rochester For The 2018 Season.

(Rochester, Minn.) –  The Rochester Honkers have announced the signing of Nathan Webb, Matt Hardy, and Kevin West, all from the University of California Riverside.

Webb is a 5-10, 200-pound freshman utility man from Riverside, Calif. He started off the 2018 season swinging a hot bat, hitting .364 over the first four games.  He’s 4 for 11 at the plate, with three of those hits being extra bases and one RBI. Webb attended Martin Luther King High School, where he was a three-time all-league selection.

Hardy is a junior outfielder and right-handed pitcher, standing 6-foot-6 and weighing 210 pounds. He currently has made two appearances on the 2018 season, striking out one in 0.1 innings of work.  During his sophomore season, the Riverside native hit .209 over the course of 86 at-bats, with three home runs and 10 RBIs. On the mound, Hardy made 11 appearances with two starts. He produced a 5.79 ERA and fanned 14 batters over 18 2/3 innings. At La Sierra High School, Hardy was a three-time all-league selection.

West, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound sophomore right-handed pitcher has thrown 1 2/3 innings this season. He surrendered four hits and four runs. Over the course of his freshman season, the Riverside native threw 16 2/3 innings over 13 appearances and posted a 5.40 ERA. West gave up 17 runs but just 10 were earned. He made four starts. West also attended Martin Luther King High School where he was a three time letter winner. At UC Riverside, West is a sociology major.

UC Riverside (2-2) continues play this weekend in Seattle, Wash for a four-game set at the University of Washington starting on Friday, February 23.

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.