Four Hillsboro Hops have been named Northwest League all-stars.
Outfielders Yogey Perez-Ramos and Zach Esquerra and pitchers Daniel Gibson and Will Locante were all selected to the South Division team for the Northwest League All-Star Game, which is slated for Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett, Wash. The league announced roster selections last Thursday.
In addition to Hillsboro, the South team consists of players from the Eugene, Boise and Salem-Keizer clubs. Players from Vancouver, Tri-City, Spokane and host Everett make up the North side.
Perez-Ramos, who will be a starter for the South team, has emerged as Hillsboros most consistent hitter. The Cuban native was batting .324 through Tuesday. In 44 appearances, Perez-Ramos recorded 55 hits, 20 runs and 15 RBIs. He has three separate hitting streaks of at least five games, with the longest being eight contests. He also has drawn a team-high 19 walks.
Esquerra has been another of the Hops most consistent bats. He posted a .276 average through 41 appearances before being placed on the disabled list earlier this week with an obliques strain. Esquerra had 45 hits through Tuesday, and his home run (five) and RBI (26) totals were both tops on the team.
A Cal Baptist product and California native, Esquerra will not participate in the all-star game, opting to rehab his injury instead.
Locante, a left-handed reliever, has made 15 appearances and thrown 18 1/3 innings for the Hops this summer. A Tennessee native, he has gone 2-1 for Hillsboro, giving up just 10 hits and six runs (three earned). He also has walked 13 and fanned 25 and sported a 1.47 earned run average as of Tuesday.
He is joined on the North pitching staff by Gibson, another southpaw who was drafted in the seventh round this year out of Florida. Through Tuesday, Gibson had pitched 17 innings over 11 appearances and he was 1-0 in decisions. He boasted a miniscule 0.53 ERA and had yielded 15 hits, four runs (one earned) and seven walks while striking out 20.
In addition to the all-star game itself, Tuesdays festivities will include a fan fest, home run derby and a lunch at which Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is scheduled to be the featured speaker.