Rochester, Mn – The Rochester Honkers announced today that Byron, Minnesota native Ryan Thompson, a freshman pitcher at University of Illinois, will play for the Honkers this summer. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound right-hander was ranked the No. 52 freshman in the Big Ten during the preseason. 

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Thompson played the last two summers for the Minnesota Blizzard, a nationally recognized youth program. He finished his Blizzard career 10-1 with 135 strikeouts in 112 innings.

Thompson graduated from Byron High School in 2016 where he earned three letters in baseball, five in wrestling and three in football.   He finished his high school career with a 2.50 ERA, with 83 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings. Thompson was a two time all-conference selection, participant in the 2016 Minnesota All-Star Series and was team captain his senior year.

The Rochester Honkers 24th season begins on Tuesday, May 30th when the team hosts the Mankato MoonDogs in their home opener at Mayo Field at 7:05 pm. The Honkers are also looking for host families for the 2017 season and ask all interested parties to call the business office for more information 507-289-1170.