Returning to Boise for the third time is pitcher Luke Hagerty. The 6-7 southpaw tore up the Northwest League in 2002, recording a 5-3 record and a 1.13 ERA, leading the Hawks to the NWL title. After missing all of 2003 with injury, Hagerty made four rehab appearances in Boise last season. He was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the major league portion of the Rule V Draft, but was returned to the Cubs this spring.
Making their second stint in Boise are infielders Jose Rios and Elvin Puello, along with pitcher Darin Downs. Rios was the starting shortstop throughout the 2004 season, hitting .194 with 15 RBI, while Puello was a late-season call-up to the Hawks. Downs went 5-3 with a 4.85 ERA last season and picked up the win in Game 2 of the League Championship Series against Vancouver. All three players spent time earlier in the season at Class-A Peoria.
Of the newcomers, two names stand out. Pitcher Roger Evenson from Northwest Nazarene University, and a Boise native, will pitch in his hometown. The Cubs selected the right-hander in the 15th Round of the 2005 draft. Also headed to Boise is Mark Reed, a 2004 3rd Round choice who spent last season in rookie ball. Reed is the younger brother of current Seattle Mariner centerfielder Jeremy Reed.
The Hawks open their 22nd season of Northwest League play on Tuesday night at Everett. Boise opens at Memorial Stadium Sunday, June 26, against Eugene. The club has won six NWL Championships, the most recent banner coming in 2004. Ticket packages are on sale now for as little as $48. For more information, call 322-5000 or please visit www.boisehawks.com. You gotta see the show!