Everybody hates Midland. At least that's the feeling I get from Travelers fans who consider Midland the Travs' top rival since the controversial ending to the 2005 Texas League championship series at Ray Winder Field. So forget Springfield and Springdale, it's time to boo the RockHounds from the bleachers for a three-game home stand at Dickey-Stephens Park. Midland's third baseman, Jeff Baisley, is coming in to Dickey-Stephens on fire in the early going of the season and seems like the player to watch. Midland pitcher Dallas Braden currently leads the Texas League in strike outs. Arkansas leads 2-1 in the season series.
Here's a quick guide to the upcoming promotions and the top players to watch for this home stand.
Sunday, April 15 - 4 p.m.
Bring a church bulletin or make one of your own and get the family in for $10, discount tickets available at Arby's
Monday, April 16 - 10:30 a.m.
Screaming kids day/businessman's special, $3 discount coupon in Democrat-Gazette sports section, 103.7 will broadcast live from Dickey-Stephens from 10 a.m to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 17 - 7:10 p.m.
$3 discount coupon available from Central Arkansas Exxon stations
Midland RockHounds (Oakland A's, Sacramento RiverCats)
19 Richie Robnett CF/RF - A's # 11 prospect, $1.32 million signing bonus, best power in organization
7 Danny Putnam LF - A's #16 prospect, played college at Standford, on '03 Team USA squad, leads team with 7 RBIs
32 Myron Leslie 1B/OF - A's #17 prospect, compared to Bobby Bonilla, college teammate of Midland's Jeff Baisley
11 Landon Powell C - A's #20 prospect, A's '04 top draft pick, projected as possible MLB all-star, played college at South Carolina, led Cal League catchers in fielding percentage and throw outs in '06
3 Jeff Baisley 3B - A's #21 prospect, Midwest League MVP in '06, led organization in RBIs and slugging percentage in '06, twin brother catches in Yankees system, leads team with .400 batting average, 6 runs, 8 hits, 2 home runs, .500 on-base percentage, and .800 slugging average
35 Vasili Spanos DH/1B - Leads team with 9 strike outs
25 Benjamin Fritz RHP - Led organization in innings pitched in '06
50 Dallas Braden LHP - A's #19 prospect in '06, leads Texas League with 13 strike outs, leads team with 2.25 ERA
Arkansas Travelers (Los Angeles Angels, Salt Lake Bees)
6 Sean Rodriguez SS - Angels #8 prospect, Angels Minor League player of the year in '06, led organization in runs and home runs in '06, projected as 20-homer .270-average big leaguer, leads team with 2 home runs and .760 slugging average, team co-leader with 5 RBIs
10 Bobby Wilson C - Angels #19 prospect, on Angels 40-man roster, won high school national championship in '01 with Casey Kotchman
8 Greg Porter RF-DH - Fan favorite known as "The Franchise," played college at Texas A&M, leads team with 2 stolen bases?!
10 Adam Morrissey 2B - From Australia, leads team with 6 runs, 10 hits, and 7 strike outs
19 Curtis Pride CF-RF - Played in parts of 11 seasons with six Major League clubs, leads team with .391 batting average, .533 on-base percentage, and 7 walks, team co-leader with 5 RBIs
25 Michael Collins 1B - From Australia
24 Nick Adenhart RHP - #34 on list of top 100 Minor League prospects, Angels #2 prospect, '06 Futures Game All-Star, on '06 Olympic qualifying team, led organization in wins in '06, best curveball in organization, projected #1 starter in Angels 2010 rotation, leads team with 8 strike outs
39 Jose Arredondo RHP - Angels #13 prospect, on Angels 40-man roster, led organization in strike outs in '06, best fastball in organization
40 Rafael Rodriguez RHP - Angels #22 prospect, signed at 16 out of Dominican Republic
23 Nick Green RHP - Angels #23 prospect, leads team with 11 strike outs
36 Jesse Smith RHP - '06 Texas League All-Star
22 Miguel Gonzalez RHP - '06 Texas League All-Star
35 Chris Saenz RHP - Leads team with 6 walks
Texas League leaders as of 4/14
.563 Jorge Padilla, Wichita
.450 Louis Santangelo, Corpus Christi
.435 Joe Mather, Springfield
.417 Mike Sanso, San Antonio
.400 Jeff Baisley, Midland
4 Joe Mather, Springfield
3 Craig Brazell, Wichita
2 Drew Macias, San Antonio
2 Sean Rodriguez, Arkansas
2 Tim Brown, San Antonio
2 Jeff Baisley, Midland
Pitching strike outs
13 Dallas Braden, Midland
11 Nick Green, Arkansas
11 Jose Oyervidez, San Antonio
10 Eric Hurley, Frisco
10 Sean Thompson, San Antonio