Hillsboro Hops Send Four Players to All-Star Game
The Hillsboro Hops announced that four of their players will be playing in the 2015 Northwest League All-Star Game to be held August 4th in Spokane, Washington. Two of them will be starting. Pitchers Jared Miller, Carlos Hernandez and Cody Reed will join their teammate, outfielder Zach Nehrir, for the honors. This year, the All-Star Game will pit the best of the short season-A Northwest League against the best of the rookie level Pioneer League. Honorary managers will feature Hall of Famer George Brett and native Mike Redmond of the NW League.
Players are selected from the eight teams in the NW league. Previously, the All-Star Game featured the best of the North Division against the best of the South Division. In 2013, the Hops first year, they featured four players on the All-Star team. In 2014, the year they won the league championship, they sent seven players to the showcase game. This year, with the All-Star roster cut in half by playing the Pioneer League, showcasing four players is even more impressive with half of the roster spots available compared to the past.
It’s not surprising the Hops would feature a pitcher since they have rode the success of their excellent pitching staff to win the first half of the season pennant and are already guaranteed a spot in the playoffs, but to send three of their best shows how much respect they have earned around the league. All three have been consistently in the top of the league all year.
Jared Miller is leading the league in wins with 7 against only one loss. He is second with an ERA of 1.65 and second with 52 strikeouts. Jared originally came from Vanderbuilt. In his senior year, Vanderbuilt won the College World Series in 2014. With the Hops, he gives a commanding presence on the mound that comes from more than just his 6’7” frame. His fastball routinely reaches the mid-90s. And when the pressure mounts, it is hard to miss his intense focus when you are waiting for the fastball to come your way. Jared is from Indiana and has been selected to be the starting pitcher.
Carlos Hernandez is leading the league with a 1.26 ERA and 60 strike outs. He is currently tied for the Hops season record for strikeouts with almost a half season still to go. He was named pitcher of the week from 6/29 to 7/5. Carlos succeeds with his finely tuned control and calm demeanor on the mound. Carlos is from the Dominican Republic.
Cody Reed is currently fourth in ERA (2.85) and third in strikeouts (47). Cody is the current reigning pitcher of the week for the last two weeks. Recently, Cody took a perfect game into the seventh inning. After Ian Happ slapped a double with two outs, Cody finished the inning and then walked over to shake Happ’s hand in congratulations in one of the classiest moves of the season. Cody is from Alabama and succeeds with his talent and his dedication to the game.
Zach Nehrir is currently leading the league in doubles (14) and is 11th in RBI with 19. Zach made his home pro debut with back to back four hit games. Zach was a 16th round pick this year out of Houston Baptist. No player has ever been drafted from the school that high. He also holds the record for balancing a baseball bat on his index finger while standing on one foot lasting two minutes and 49.69 seconds, performed at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in 2010. Zach is known for finding a way to get the job done on the field or at the plate. Zach is from California and has been selected to start in center field for the All Star Game.
by Greg Stoker