The Hillsboro Hops are a minor league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Through their affiliation agreement, the Diamondbacks provide players and coaches to the team. The team maintains membership in the High-A West League and Major League Baseball Professional Development League and provides a stadium for the Diamondbacks prospects to play their games. Hillsboro Hops Professional Baseball is an independent local business.
The Hillsboro Hops are owned by Short Season LLC, a limited liability company. There are about 30 investors in the ownership group. Mike McMurray is the president of the team. His wife Laura is a vice president and the chief financial officer. They live in Hillsboro, Oregon. The McMurrays are involved in the day to day operations of the team. Mike McMurray, Myron Levin, Josh Weinman, Randy Boyd and Laura McMurray are directors of Short Season LLC.
Minor League Classification
Hillsboro is the High-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The next step is a "Double-A" team. Amarillo Sod Poodles of the Double-A Central League is the next step. From there players advance to "Triple-A" Reno Aces in the Triple-A West League. The Visalia Rawhide is the D-backs' Low-A affiliate, a step below High-A. Click Here to see a list of all the Diamondbacks' affiliates.
Player and Personnel Issues
The Arizona Diamondbacks control all player personnel issues. They scout, draft and sign the players assigned to Hillsboro. Most of the players come out of the June draft each year. The majority of them played college baseball prior to being drafted in June. Hillsboro is their first stop in the Diamondbacks system. Some players advance after playing at Missoula in the Pioneer League the previous season. The team also includes free agent international players. These players often come from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico and Australia.
The goal of our players is to one day play in the major leagues. Moving through the Diamondbacks farm system is similar to climbing the corporate ladder or advancing through grades in school. Once players improve their skills and demonstrate mastery at one level, they are promoted to the next level.
To provide memorable first-class experiences so that we can enrich the lives of our fans, staff, players and community.
This will be achieved by:
- Taking a leadership role in the community
- Operating a fiscally responsible and sustainable business
- Maintaining reasonable prices
- Providing unique and memorable experiences
The Hillsboro Hops do not hold open tryouts prior to the season.