The Portland Pickles have joined the West Coast League and will make their WCL debut this summer.
"We have been huge fans of the West Coast league for many years and are so excited to be joining their 11-team league," Pickles co-owner Alan Miller said in a release from the WCL. "Their competitive style of play and sheer number of major league players that have come through their ranks is staggering."
The Pickles ownership group, Rose City Baseball, also purchased the Gresham GreyWolves. The GreyWolves, headed into their third season, will compete as an independent summer collegiate team at Mt. Hood Community College in 2018. The GreyWolves played the past two seasons as members of the WCL. The former GreyWolves ownership group, led by Scott Barchus, will be joining Rose City Baseball to work with both teams.
"We are thrilled to bring the fun and excitement of Pickles baseball to the Gresham GreyWolves and their fans," Miller said. "We feel this is a huge step in continuing to fulfill Rose City Baseball's commitment to bringing baseball to the community, as well as helping it grow."
The Portland Pickles were founded in 2015 and play their home games at Walker Stadium in southeast Portland's Lents Park.
They will host all 11 West Coast League teams in 2018.
"The Pickles brand is outstanding," Cowlitz owner Tony Bonacci said. "They have done an excellent job connecting in their community and they really know how to have fun. We're thrilled to welcome the Pickles to the WCL. We'll benefit greatly from their location, energy and leadership."
The Pickles' following has grown tremendously as Portland's attendance took off in 2017, ranking 18th in turnout at 1,684 per game for all North American summer collegiate baseball teams as compiled by Ballpark Digest.