Hillsboro Hops: High-A Advanced affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks
The Hillsboro Hops are based in Oregon and have been apart of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization for quite a long time. They used to be the low-level A team for them. Now they are the High-A team. They are in the High-A West division where they are currently 5th. They have a record of 31-39. Their manager is Vince Harrison and he has been apart of the D-backs coaching staff since 2013.
They have a few of the D-backs top prospects and are a team to watch as these players will help shape the farm system for years to come:
- Slade Cecconi: Slade is the #6 prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He was drafted in 2020 and has performed better than expected this year. He projects to be a solid starter in the MLB someday. He has struck out 57 batters in 53 innings so far this year.
- Drey Jameson: Drey is the #20 prospect in the Diamondbacks organization. He has a great fastball and solid potential. He might end up in the bullpen eventually but they are trying him as a starter at first. In 57.1 innings, he has 18 walks to 71 strikeouts. He is definitely performing well this year.
- Blake Walston: He is the #5 prospect for the Diamondbacks. Taken out of HS in the 2019 draft, he is a young and tall left-handed pitcher. He has a ton of potential and upside if he can reach it. He has been dominant this year in 67.1 innings as he has only given up 55 hits, 28 walks, and struck out 97 hitters across two levels this year.