1. Tri-City Dust Devils
The Tri-City Dust Devils are members of a short-season Class-A Northwest League. The team is located in Pasco, Washington. They play in Gesa stadium, a ballpark that holds 3,700 people.
Gesa is a regional financial cooperative based in Washington, and they signed a 10-year deal for stadium naming rights back in 2008. The park opened in 1995 and has housed a number of minor league and independent ball teams. Gesa stadium is most commonly known for its 137-foot sunshade that it has down the first-base line.
Tri City “short-season” the team plays 75 games instead of the typical 140 that minor leaguers play. The season starts in June and ends in early September. The main purpose of the league is to allow newly drafted and signed high school/college players to get their feet wet in professional baseball. This allows teams to get a head start in terms of development.
The Tri-City Dust Devils started as an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies and just recently became a Padres’ affiliate in 2015. Former Padres Clint Barmes and Brad Hawpe, Chone Figgins, Jake Westbrook, and Juan Pierre are all notable players who have played for the Dust Devils.
If you happen to live somewhere near Pasco and have never heard of this team, season tickets as well as mini-packages are available…
21 Game Mini Plans
Lower Box $189 Seat Upper Box $168 Seat
14 Game Mini Plans
Lower Box $126 seat Upper Box $112 Seat
7 Game Mini Plans
Lower Box $63 seat Upper Box $56 Seat
The most popular in-game event is when they allow young children to run across the outfield in the middle of the 5th inning. Tri-City provides cheap, affordable, family-friendly minor league baseball for fans.
In 2016, Tri-City was the home to Padres first round draft picks Cal Quantrill (5th ranked prospect in the Padres system via MLBPipeline), Eric Lauer (9th), and Hudson Potts. Other draft picks to begin their pro career in 2016 were Buddy Reed (14th) and Boomer White.
Tri-City’s season does not start until June 15th. The MLB First Year Player Draft begins on June 12th, so expect to see a good amount of Padres 2017 draftees make their professional debuts there in the “dog days of summer.” It is also likely that a few of Preller’s international signees will play in the states for the first time in the place known by locals as the “Atomic Town” (Tri-City).
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