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Published On: April 3rd, 2020


In the current climate of no sports, the Rochester Honkers are excited to announce their first
roster signings for the 2020 season. Three Missouri Tigers are set to prowl the confines of Mayo
Field. Shane Wilhelm, Eric Rinzel, and Dalton McNamara are the first names to join the Honkers
this summer.
Wilhelm is a 5’10”, 190-pound right-handed pitcher from Columbia, Illinois. He made four
appearances for the Tigers this season, giving up 6 runs in 10.1 innings while tallying 5
strikeouts. Before signing on to be a Tiger, Wilhelm was a standout pitcher at Columbia high
school. He had a record of 6-2 with a 1.14 ERA while accumulating 95 strikeouts over 61.1
innings. He was recognized for this outstanding senior season by being placed on the 2019 Prep
Baseball Report third-team all-state and was listed as a top 500 overall recruit in the nation per
Perfect Game.
Rinzel is a 6’2”, 194-pound catcher from Chanhassen, Minnesota. A number 60 catcher out of
high school per Perfect Game, Rinzel hit .444 with 15 runs scored and one home run to go along
with eight stolen bases. He finished his high school career with a .529 batting average, four home
runs, six stolen bases and a 1.709 OPS. Rinzel isn’t just limited to behind the plate, also being
capable of playing first base and the outfield.
McNamara is a 5’10” shortstop from Line Lakes, Minnesota. Scouts first started taking notice of
McNamara his junior year of high school at Centennial Senior High School, when he exploded to
hit .578 with 24 runs scored, one home run, and 16 RBI. He was named a 2019 Perfect Game
Preseason Central Region Honorable Mention All-American. He signed onto the Missouri Tigers
as the number 2 rated shortstop in Minnesota, according to Perfect Game.
The Honkers are on schedule to open the 2020 campaign on May 26 when they host the St.
Cloud Rox on Opening Night at Mayo Field.  Season tickets are available for purchase right now
at 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. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball,
the Northwoods 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, more than 120 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.