2014 draft picks James Farris and Jeremy Null, along with free agent signee Daniel Lewis will join the Hawks bullpen, pushing the number of pitchers on the roster to 18.
Farris will make his professional debut with the Hawks after three solid seasons in the rotation at the University of Arizona. The ninth-round selection helped the Wildcats to the 2012 NCAA title, going 6-6 with 3.40 ERA this past season.
Null made two appearances in Mesa after being drafted by the Cubs in the 15th round out of Western Carolina, where he was a two-time All-Southern Conference selection. The 6-7 righty was 6-4 with a 2.92 ERA this past season for the Catamounts.
Lewis took a round-about way to professional baseball after spending four years in the United States Air Force. The 6-2 righty pitched at Pensacola State CC this spring and showcased a live fastball this summer in the Cape Cod League – and signed with the Cubs. He will make his professional debut in Boise.
Here is the video (thanks to Chanse Ward) of the Hawks walk-off win vs. the Vancouver Canadians…
We are halfway home in our video tour of the Northwest League stadiums – as our latest look is at Everett Memorial Stadium, celebrating its 30th year as a home to a NWL franchise.
Danny Canela hits long two-run homer in Everett
To make room for the trio, infielder Chesny Young has been promoted to Class-A Kane County after hitting .354 with nine RBI in 15 games.
Infielders Bryant Flete and David Bote, along with outfielder Charcer Burks will be in uniform and be available for Game 2 of the series.
Flete made his U.S. debut this season in Mesa, hitting .317 with seven RBI in 19 games in the Arizona Rookie League. The 21-year-old native of Venezuela hit .271 with 11 doubles and 23 RBI in the Venezuela Summer League in 2013, adding 17 stolen bases.
Burks, the Cubs’ ninth-round selection in the 2013 draft, was hitting .309 with a homer and 10 RBI in Mesa this summer. The Houston native hit .269 during his rookie season in the AZL, recording six stolen bases and seven RBI…was drafted out of Travis High.
Bote returns for his third stint with the Hawks – opening the season with the club by hitting .350 with a homer and three RBI. He has been with the Kane County Cougars for the past month, hitting .229 at Low-A
Flete and Bote give the Hawks six infielders on the Hawks roster and Burks is the fourth outfielder.
Justin Marra and Rashad Crawford have been selected to start the game for the South Division team, which will be managed by the Eugene Emeralds staff. A third player, Jeffrey Baez, was selected to start the game, but will not compete as he was promoted to Class-A Kane County after last night’s 6-0 loss at Everett.
Marra is hitting .304 with five home runs and 24 RBI, while Crawford is hitting .302 with 21 RBI – including a league-best five triples.
Reserves for the South Division team include pitcher Trevor Clifton, infielder Danny Canela, and catcher/outfielder Mark Zagunis.
Clifton is 2-1 with a 3.89 ERA in seven starts; Canela is hitting .297 with three homers and 23 RBI; with Zagunis, the Cubs’ third-round pick in the 2014 draft, hitting .341 with a homer and 14 RBI.
The All-Star Game is set to be played at Eugene’s P.K. Park on August 5.
Baez was hitting .267 with a team-high seven homers, team-high 30 RBI, and team-high 15 stolen bases – earning him a promotion to Class-A Kane County, where he will join the Cougars in time for their game this evening against South Bend.
The native of El Tigre, Venezuela, will replace another former Hawk, Jacob Hannemann, who was called up to Class-A Daytona. Hannemann, the Cubs’ third-round pick in 2013, will replace Albert Almora (’12 Hawk) in Daytona – as Almora earned the call to Double-A Tennessee (replacing Jorge Soler, who joined the Iowa Cubs).
Hillsboro claimed the first half Northwest League South Division title last night, winning 3-2 over Eugene, while the Hawks dropped a 6-1 decision to S-K.
The North Division will come down to a final day, as Vancouver and Spokane are currently tied atop the standings. Vancouver meets Tri-City at 12:15 p.m. in a must win game, while Spokane hosts Everett at 7:35 p.m. – needing a win or a Vancouver loss to earn the playoff spot.
Highlight of Mark Zagunis completing the cycle for the Boise Hawks
James Norwood fans Felipe Blanco in his Hawks debut…