Boise Hawks Release Preliminary 2013 Opening Day Roster

The Boise Hawks released their preliminary 2013 Opening Day roster on Monday. The Hawks open their short-season on Friday in Eugene against the Emeralds, the Padres short-season affiliate. The Hawks kickoff their home schedule on June 17 against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.

Gary Van Tol, in his first year as the Hawks’ manager, will call the shots for Boise this season. David Rosario (pitching coach), Bill Buckner (hitting coach) and Jonathan Fierro (trainer) round out Van Tol’s staff.

The Hawks’ roster features several prospects in the Cubs’ system. Duane Underwood and Paul Blackburn will anchor the pitching staff while Shawon Dunston Jr., Trevor Gretzky, Kevin Encarnacion, Carlos Penalver and Danny Lockhart are some of the young position players that will begin their season with the Hawks.

The Hawks’ first roster of the season features 11 pitchers, three catchers, five infielders and four outfielders.

Short-Season Class-A Boise Hawks 2013 Opening Day Roster


  • Paul Blackburn, RHP
  • Tyler Bremer, RHP
  • Ethan Elias, RHP
  • Corbin Hoffner, RHP
  • Matt Iannazzo, LHP
  • Carlos Martinez, RHP
  • Loiger Padron, RHP
  • James Pugliese, RHP
  • Jasvir Rakkar, RHP
  • Orbandy Rodriguez, RHP
  • Duane Underwood, RHP


  • Justin Marra
  • Rony Rodriguez
  • Lance Rymel


  • David Bote
  • Trevor Gretzky
  • Danny Lockhart
  • Carlos Penalver
  • Jacob Rogers


  • Yasiel Balaguert
  • Shawon Dunston Jr.
  • Kevin Encarnacion
  • Jose Dore

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  • paulcatanese

    In a short season like that and an overloaded roster,
    not many players will get any significant amount of playing time, am I right on that Neil?

    • Neil

      Paul, you’re right. I would not call it significant playing time but those players will get experience, which is what the league is for. These players have been getting their reps in during extended spring training. This roster could look very different soon, as well as the other rosters of the other affiliates.

      • Tony_Hall

        23 players is less than they are allowed and less than all of the other affiliates, as the AAA, AA, and A ball levels can have and do have 25 active players. Boise is allowed to have 30 active players.

  • 07GreyDigger

    Trevor Gretzky! I feel like they drafted him ages ago.