The owners of the Portland Pickles announced Tuesday they are starting a new farm team called the Portland Gherkins.  

The Gherkins will play a full home and away season next summer at Walker Stadium in southeast Portland. The team will likely be made up of local college students.  

“Most of these kids will be local players made up from local colleges, NAIA [National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics] players, junior colleges,” Pickles co-owner Jon Ryan said at a press conference Tuesday morning.  

He said Gherkins team members will have the opportunity to earn a spot on the Pickles’ roster.  

Pickles players are college athletes from around the country who play for the team during summer break.  

The baseball teams’ owners say the additional team will add approximately 15 more games to the season’s schedule.