FIVE HONKERS ALUMNI SELECTED IN MLB DRAFT
ROCHESTER, MINN – With the 2022 MLB Draft in the rearview mirror the Honkers are thrilled that five former Honkers were selected! Robert Moore (Arkansas, 2020), Zach Cole Jr (Ball State, 2021), Eli Saul (Cal State University, Sacramento, 2020), Tim Borden II (Georgia Tech, 2019), and Ryan Wrobleski (Dallas Baptist, 2019 and 2020).
Moore, a second baseman that played for the Honkers in 2020, was selected in the second round (72nd overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers. Moore played in Rochester after his freshman season at Arkansas and hit .303 with 3 HR in 33 games with the Honkers. This past season with the Razorbacks he posted a .374 on-base-percentage and was awarded with a Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
Three former Honkers are headed to Houston, as Cole Jr, Wrobleski and Borden were selected by the reigning American League Champion Astros. Cole, drafted by Houston in the 10th round (313th overall), played in 34 games for the Honkers in 2021. In his time with Rochester he posted a .327 on-base-percentage and stole 11 bases in 12 tries. In his junior year with the Cardinals, Cole hit .361 with an outrageous .727 slugging percentage. Wrobleski, taken in the 20th round (613th overall) is a native of Eden Prairie, MN. He was a Northwoods League All-Star with the Honkers in 2019. In 37 games for Dallas Baptist in 2022 he hit .318 with 8 HR and 27 runs scored. Borden II, drafted in the 16th round (493rd overall) played for Rochester in 2019. In 17 games he scored nine runs. This isn’t his first go around as a draft pick, he was drafted by the Cleveland Guardians (then Indians) coming out of high school. He opted to go to school where he hit .335 with 20 HR and 63 RBI with Georgia Tech this spring.
Saul, a 6’5″ right-handed-pitcher out of Sacramento State, was drafted in the 13th round (378th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He pitched for the Honkers in 2020 and didn’t allow a run while posting a 10.60 K/9. . He’s coming off his best season at Sac State. He pitched a career high 15 starts and went 6-1 with a 3.71 ERA.
Congratulations to all five players and their families!