Rochester Honkers End of Season Review
St. Cloud pitcher, Reese Gregory was flat out dealing Monday night. Gregory pitched a complete game shutout, and surrendered just three hits. It was a tough way to end such a terrific season, but when facing one of the top pitchers in the country, it's going to be tough putting runs on the board.
This outing from Gregory shouldn't come as much of a surprise. In his 2015 season at St. Cloud, Gregory had a record of 13-0 with an ERA of just 1.49. He puts up unreal numbers, and proved to be too much for the Honkers on Monday night.
On a brighter note, the Honkers had a 2015 to remember. Rochester ended their season with a record of 39-34 and made the playoffs for the first time in five years. The Honkers will hope that this season is a sign of things to come in the future, as they will hopefully be a regular from here on out in the Northwoods playoffs.
The Honkers had a plethora of talent on the team which led to such a successful season. University of Minnesota Sophomore Matt Fiedler had a terrific summer. The Golden Gopher led Rochester in batting average, with an average of .354 and finished second on the team in home runs, with 8. Fiedler played 41 of the 73 games and still managed to lead the team in RBI's with 37. He also spent quite a bit of time on the mound. Fiedler had 50 strikouts this season in 12 appearances, which was at least 10 more than every other Honker. Fiedler will certainly be a guy that the Honkers should do everything to get back next summer.
Joe DeRoche-Duffin brought a big bat with him this summer. The UCONN junior led the Honkers with 12 home runs and finished second in RBI's, with 33. Though he had the most strikeouts on the team he was able to draw a lot of walks, too. With 34 walks, DeRoche-Duffin was able to hold an on-base percentage of .382.
On the mound it was Jayson Yano who led the way for the starting rotation. In 8 starts, Yano had a 5-2 record and held a 2.40 ERA. He also finished third on the team in strikeouts with 38.
Dixie State junior, Spencer Greer made the most appearances out of the bullpen for the Honkers. He sure did earn his right to be the go-to man. Greer was probably the most consistent Honkers pitcher this season. In a team-leading 23 appearances, Greer had an ERA of just 1.93, and led the team with 6 saves.
Though it didn't end the way that the Honkers and their fans hoped, it was a very successful and encouraging season for Rochester. Next summer is a long way away, but with some of this season's roster hopefully returning, it should be another great year for the Honkers, and they sure will have Honkers fans excited for the years to come.