BOISE -- Even though the Boise Hawks won't know which players are headed to Idaho for a week or so, the organization is still abuzz on draft day.
"This is a big day because the Cubs are certainly building their team through the draft," said Boise Hawks GM Todd Rahr. "And that seems to be the common occurrence with the Boise Hawks."
Rahr rarely chooses which players come to Boise, but knows the organization always carefully places its talent and since the Cubs were bought by the Ricketts family, last year, there has been a real emphasis on developing talent within the organization.
"I think that the entire Cubs farm system love what the Cubs are doing because it really adds a lot to what we have on our field in the sense that these guys are going to be future Cubs," said Rahr. "Not Devil Rays or Red Sox."
As of Monday, there are 13 former Hawks on the Chicago Cubs 40 man roster.
That fact alone all but guarantees when fans take their seats this summer there's a great chance they'll be seeing a future Cub.
"On average you're looking at 3 to 4 guys per year on this roster should make it to the major leagues," said Rahr excitedly. "That means when you come out to a game you're not seeing guys that are going to top out at single-A or double-A. You're seeing legitimate guys that are going to play major league baseball."
The Hawks arrive in Boise a week from Tuesday, June 14th, and they hit the road for their first game of the Northwest League season on June 17th at Eugene.
The team's home opener is on June 22nd against Tri-City.