04/24/2012 10:32 AM
- San Angelo, Texas --- The San Angelo Colts announced Tuesday they have acquired veteran pitcher Kris Honel from Na Koa Ikaika Maui (The Strong Warriors of Maui) in exchange for future considerations.
Honel split the 2011 season between Maui and the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League. He went a combined 0-5 with a 5.63 earned-run average in nine starts. A year earlier, Honel had a career-high winning percentage of .727, going 8-3 with a 3.61 earned-run average for the Chico Outlaws of the now-defunct independent Golden Baseball League.
The righthander has 10 years of professional experience, including seven in affiliated ball. Honel was a first-round draft pick, 16th overall, by the Chicago White Sox in 2001. He spent six years in the White Sox organization, and reached as high as the Class AA Birmingham Barons of the Southern League.
In 2008 Honel joined the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He was assigned to the Class AA Springfield Cardinals of the Texas League, where he made three relief appearances.
Now entering his 11th pro season, the 29-year-old Honel has a 45-41 career record with a 4.01 earned-run average in 152 games and 135 starts.
The San Angelo Colts are a member of the North American Baseball League who will play their 13th season in 2012. Season ticket plans are on sale now, and available at the Colts’ front office at Foster Field.
About the North American League
The North American League (NAL) is the largest professional independent baseball league worldwide. With operations in Western Canada and much of the United States, the league brings affordable family entertainment to over 2M fans each season. Formed in the fall of 2010, through a combination of three leagues with over 30 seasons of playing experience between them, the NAL is able to offer opportunities to players and marketing partners that cannot be found in any other league. League play level is considered AA to AAA, the alumni of the three founding leagues (Golden, Northern, United) have seen over 40 of their group reach the major leagues over the years and 35 players had their contracts purchased by MLB organizations in 2010, as well as an additional 25 players in 2011.