Bird is the Word: A Couple Ducks become Honkers
ROCHESTER, MN. – The 2019 Rochester Honkers baseball club will feature two players from the University of Oregon: A.J. Miller and Vinny Tosti.
Miller is a 6’1”, 217-pound infielder from Pataluma, California. He will join the Honkers after completing his freshman season at Oregon. At Casa Grande High School, he hit a .385 batting average, with 12 doubles, 4 triples, and 25 runs batted in (RBIs) as a senior. Miller was named the top-ranked first baseman in California and seventh in the country by Perfect Game, an amateur baseball scouting service. He was also selected a member of first-team All-North Bay League as a senior and junior. As a junior, he batted 0.370 with three home runs and 32 RBIs. He was selected in the 37th round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics.
Tosti is a 6’0”, 193-pound outfielder from Santa Rosa, California. Like Miller, he will join the Honkers following his freshman season at Oregon. In his first 15 collegiate at-bats, he’s already generated 3 RBIs. He was the 59th-ranked player in the nation and the seventh-ranked player in California by Perfect Game. Among outfielders, Tosti ranked 13th nationally and second in the state. He was named honorable mention All-North Bay League as a junior at Cardinal Newman High School before transferring to Mater Dei High School for his senior year. In addition, he was a second-team Underclass All-American selection by Perfect Game in 2017.
The Honkers will open up the 2019 campaign on May 28 when they host the St. Cloud Rox on Opening Night at Mayo Field. Season tickets and new all-you-can-eat ticket packages are available for purchase right now at www.RochesterHonkers.com or by calling the Honkers front office at 507-289-1170.
The Rochester Honkers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 26th 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, over 200 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 (MIA). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.rochesterhonkers.com 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.