The sun is shining, the smell of cut grass is in the air-- it's baseball season!
Fresh off their recent promotion to Single-A Advanced affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Hillsboro Hops are set to play 120 games this season, 60 games of which will be at Ron Tonkin Stadium.
Opening Day is May 4th against the Everett AquaSox and will be able to host fans at 25% capacity.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome fans back to Ron Tonkin Field,” said Hillsboro Hops President KL Wombacher in a release. “We have the best fans in baseball and can’t wait to see everyone enjoying Hops baseball again very soon!”
But, of course, before they throw out the first pitch, let's get to know the roster.
The 27-player roster features three recent first-round draft choices—outfielder Corbin Carroll, the 16th player taken in the 2019 draft; RHP Drey Jameson ,the 34th player taken in the 2019 draft; and RHP Bryce Jarvis, the 18th player taken in the 2020 draft. All three are listed by MLBpipeline.com as among the top 30 prospects in the Diamondbacks’ chain—Carroll at #1, Jarvis at #8 and Jameson at #22. (Carroll is listed as the #40 prospect in all of baseball.) Four other Hops players are included in the D-backs’ Top 30—RHP Luis Frias at #9, infielder Blaze Alexander at #18, RHP (and former Oregon Duck) Ryne Nelson at #20, and RHP Matt Tabor at #24.
Frias, Hiraldo, Jameson, Nelson, Snyder, Dalesandro, Martinez, Canzone and Carroll played for the Hops in 2019. Hernandez, Lin, Rodriguez, Stout, Tabor, Kennedy and Holmes played for the Hops in 2018.
The Hops have 3 of the top 10 Diamondbacks prospects, 4 of the top-20 and 7 of the top-30.
Current major leaguers who have played with the Hops includes Dansby Swanson, who was traded after playing at Hillsboro in 2015 and is now the primary shortstop for the Atlanta Braves. Brad Keller, who was a Hops pitcher in 2014 is now in the Kansas City Royals' starting rotation. Pavin Smith, who played first base for the Hops in 2017, is is an outfielder for the Diamondbacks.
The Hops were league champions in the Northwest League in 2019. They did not play in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.