ROCHESTER, MINN – The Rochester Honkers, five-time champions of the Northwoods League, are thrilled to announce outfielder Alex Pimentel and two way player Kevin Dowdell will join the Honkers this summer.
Pimentel returns to Rochester for the second consecutive summer, he played in 52 games last year and hit a homerun with 26 runs batted in and 20 stolen bases. The Long Beach State junior had a tremendous career at Villa Park High School, hitting .356 with 35 runs scored and 30 stolen bases in 58 games, earning Newcomer of the Year and League MVP awards.
“I am very excited to have Alex join us again this summer,” said Honkers field manager Andrew Urbistondo. “Alex’s speed and ability to get on base will be big for us.”
Dowdell, an outfielder and pitcher at the University of West Virginia, has a .333 on-base percentage with the Mountaineers this season. One of seven children, Dowdell had a great prep career at Calera High School, making the all-state team in 2018. He hit .378 with five homeruns, 32 runs batted in and 16 stolen bases. Born in Montevallo, Ala. Dowdell is a former USA Classic Invitational MVP.
“Kevin will be a great asset for us,” said Urbistondo. “He has a smooth swing and great stuff on the mound. His all-around ability will allow him to see action in big spots this summer.”
The Rochester Honkers start their quest for a sixth Northwoods League title on May 30th when they host the Willmar Stingers at Mayo Field. Connect with the Honkers on social media by following them on Twitter (@RochHonkers), Instagram (@honkersbaseball) and like the Honkers on Facebook at Rochester Honkers Baseball Club. Also, subscribe to the Honkers on YouTube at ‘Rochester Honkers’ where episodes of Meet The Honkers premiere every Friday. Interact on social by using the hashtag #FunForTheWholeFlock!
The Rochester Honkers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 28th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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 280 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Grandson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at watchnwl.com. 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.