The Rochester Honkers Baseball Club has announced the signing of three California-collegiate players who are anxious to play under the Rochester sun this summer. Garrett Kellogg-Clarke, Charles Harrison, and Jaykob Acosta all signed with the Honkers.
Kellogg-Clarke is a 6’1”, 195-pound right-handed pitcher from Cypress, California. An unheralded prospect out of Cy-Woods High Schools, he started as a catcher at Folsom Lake College in Folsom. However, backed by a power arm, he moved over to pitcher just this year and began to see success. He was at the beginning of a standout debut year as a pitcher before the season was canceled. He had a 1.80 ERA in nine appearances, accumulating three saves and 14 strikeouts.
“Kellogg-Clarke is a back end of the bullpen guy who throws hard. His swing and miss slider will be fun to watch,” said Honker manager Deskaheh Bomberry.
Harrison is a 6’1”, 173-pound right-handed pitcher from Canyon County, California. As a freshman at UCLA, he was able to make three appearances for the Bruins, accumulating 1.2 hitless innings pitched with one walk allowed. The No. 78 rated right-hander in California, according to Perfect Game, he recorded 61 strikeouts over 50 innings his senior year at Canyon High School. He added a 3.64 ERA that year, giving him a 3.66 career ERA at the prep level. He was listed as a 2019 Perfect Game Preseason All-American.
“He’s a very talented freshman. A potential rotation guy at UCLA,” Bomberry said about Harrison.
Acosta is a 6’2” right-handed pitcher from Exeter, California. A freshman at Cal-State Bakersfield, Acosta was able to record 13 innings of work early on. His work was highlighted by a six-inning, four-hit performance vs Loyola Maramount. He had a 3.46 ERA in his time there, with almost half of the runs allowed being unearned. Before college, Acosta was a standout pitcher at Exeter Union High School, recording a 1.24 ERA in 118.1 innings, recording an astounding 169 strikeouts. His work was recognized by an election to the Exeter Union Athletic Hall of Fame, although he was also a standout basketball and football player at the school.
“Acosta is versatile. He started and relieved at Bakersfield, and fills up the strike zone,” Bomberry said.
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