Here is the third of seven features on the different ball parks in the Northwest League, as I tour P.K. Park in Eugene, Ore., the home of both the Oregon Ducks and the Eugene Emeralds.
Currently, there are 21 former Boise Hawks on Major League rosters.
Tommy Thorpe and James Norwood, two pitchers from the 2014 draft class, will join the team from the Arizona Rookie League, while pitchers Greyfer Eregua and Alberto Diaz will join the Mesa Cubs.
Thorpe, a left-hander, returns to his home stadium tonight, as he was the Friday night starter for the Oregon Ducks. The eighth-round pick posted an 11-4 record and a 2.14 ERA this spring, earning All Pac-12 honors in leading U of O to the NCAA Regionals.
Norwood, a hard-throwing right-hander, was selected by the Cubs in the seventh round out of Saint Louis University. An All Atlantic-10 selection, Norwood was 8-2 with a 2.68 ERA this spring and has a fastball that can touch 98 miles per hour.
Eregua, from San Carlos, Venezuela, was 1-0 with a 6.23 ERA in seven appearances this season and current leads the Northwest League with four home runs allowed.
Diaz, from Caracas, Venezuela, was 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in seven appearances in Boise.
Video of Jeffrey Baez’s three-run homer vs. Hillsboro
On a night that featured another quality three inning stint from Josh Conway and my 6-year-old losing his first tooth, the Boise Hawks entertained a sellout crowd of 3,704 with a 20-minute fireworks show that wowed fans both inside and outside the ballpark. Thanks to my wife Liza – here are some of the shots of the pyrotechnics
Here is the RBI triple by Mark Zagunis tonight in Tri-City
The second edition of our season-long look at the Northwest League stadiums takes us to the home of the Tri-City Dust Devils, Gesa Stadium, and their monsterous Sun Shade