The Tulsa Drillers just got swept in a four-game series by the Springfield Cardinals. The Travelers just got swept in a four-game series by the NWA Naturals. So the question is, which team is more adept at finding a way to lose? The answer comes in this promotion-barren series between two of the worst teams in the Texas League.
Here's a quick guide to the upcoming promotions and the top players to watch...
Tuesday, April 29 - 7:10 p.m.
$3 discount coupons at Exxon and Shell locations. 100.3 the Edge night.
Wednesday, April 30 - 11 a.m.
Screaming kids day. $3 discount coupons where Reddy Ice is sold (like Exxon and Shell locations).
Thursday, May 1 - 7:10 p.m.
$3 discount coupons in The Times of North Little Rock.
Friday, May 2 - 7:10 p.m.
First 1,000 kids get Travelers baseball bat. Kids run bases after the game. Scout sleepover night after the game with movie on the big screen and breakfast in the morning. No tents, flammables, or weapons, though? Doesn't sound like any Scout camp out I ever went on. And God help the kid who puts a divot in Valentine's field.
(The Travs return for a series with the Springfield Cardinals beginning on May 12.)
(Colorado Rockies, Colorado Springs Sky Sox)
24 Dexter Fowler CF - #74 on Baseball America's Top 100 prospect list, Rockies #3 prospect, signed in '04 after Rockies dumped Larry Walker's salary on the Cardinals, best athlete and defensive outfielder in system, projected starting center fielder for 2011 Rockies, '07 Arizona Fall League All-Prospect team, '07 Arizona Fall League Rising Stars selection, leads team with 17 runs and 28 hits
8 Chris Nelson SS - Rockies #7 prospect, $2.15 million signing bonus, bat speed compared to Gary Sheffield, Rockies '04 top draft pick, '07 Topps Class-A all-star, '07 Baseball America High Class-A all-star, '07 California League all-star, leads team with 17 RBI
2 Eric Young Jr. 2B - Rockies #22 prospect, , led the Minor Leagues in steals in '06 and was second in '07, son of former MLB all-star Eric Young, '07 California League all-star, leads team with 10 stolen bases and .908 OPS
1 Corey Wimberly 2B - Rockies #24 prospect, led NCAA with .461 batting average in '05 at Alcorn State, fastest baserunner in system, leads team with .352 batting average and .432 on-base percentage
14 Matt Miller LF - '07 Texas League all-star
6 Daniel Carte OF - Leads team with 5 home runs, .533 slugging percentage, and 26 strike outs
27 Casey Weathers RHP - Rockies #6 prospect, No. 8 overall pick in '07 draft after All-American year at Vanderbilt, $1.8 million signing bonus
22 Brandon Hynick RHP - Rockies #8 prospect, '07 California League pitcher of the year, '06 Pioneer League pitcher of the year, led Minor Leagues in '07 with 182 innings, best change-up and control in system, '07 MiLB.com Class-A Advanced starting pitcher of the year, '07 Baseball America High Class-A all-star, '07 California League all-star
43 Pedro Strop RHP - Rockies #9 prospect, on Rockies 40-man roster, converted shortstop in his third season on the mound, best slider in system, currently on disabled list, leads team with 3 saves
30 Jarrett Grube RHP - '07 Texas League all-star, leads team with 4 home runs given up and 16 walks
28 Alan Johnson RHP - (heckler's note: played college at Mississippi State)
47 Ryan Matheus RHP - '07 Texas League all-star, leads team with 4 holds
11 Adam Bright LHP - Leads team with 1.69 ERA and 1.00 WHIP
44 Tomas Santiago RHP - Leads team with 18 strike outs
Arkansas Travelers (Los Angeles Angels, Salt Lake Bees)
14 Hainley Statia SS - Angels #11 prospect, '07 California League all-star
8 Adam Morrissey 2B - '07 Texas League all-star, leads team with 16 strike outs
32 Jordan Czarniecki OF - '07 Texas League all-star, played college at Tennessee
10 Coby Smith OF - Leads team with 15 walks and .458 on-base percentage, tied for team lead with 24 hits and 5 stolen bases
15 Corey Smith 3B - Leads team with 8 errors
18 Michael Collins 1B - Leads team with .324 batting average, 18 runs, .527 slugging percentage, and .927 OPS, tied for team lead with 24 hits and 5 stolen bases
7 Ben Johnson C - Leads team with 3 home runs and 15 RBI
24 Nate Sutton 2B - Leads team with 4 times caught stealing
38 Stephen Marek RHP - Angels #6 prospect
32 Douglas Brandt LHP - '07 Midwest League all-star
11 Brok Butcher RHP - '07 California League all-star, leads team with 19 strike outs
28 Francisco Rodriguez RHP - Leads team with 3 holds
0 Dan Denham RHP - Indians '01 top draft pick, leads team with 0.60 ERA
40 Jeff Kennard RHP - On Angels 40-man roster
20 Robert Mosebach RHP - Leads team with 1 complete game
23 Kevin Jepsen RHP - Leads team with 3 saves and 1.05 WHIP
27 Fernando Rodriguez RHP - Has given up team-leading 40 hits, 27 runs, and 6 home runs
Texas League leaders as of 4/29
.423 Shane Robinson, Springfield
.411 Jesus Guzman, Midland
.407 Richard Paz, Corpus Christi
.388 Brian Anderson, Springfield
.354 Steven Murphy, Frisco
6 Kila Kaaihue, NWA
6 Chris Davis, Frisco
6 Jonathan Zeringue, Midland
6 Max Ramirez, Frisco
1.05 William Inman, San Antonio
1.13 James Simmons, Midland
1.61 Carlos Rosa, NWA
1.80 Bud Norris, Corpus Christi
2.17 Jaime Garcia, Springfield
Pitching strike outs
36 Jaime Garcia, Springfield
35 Bud Norris, Corpus Christi
26 Ryan McKellar, Corpus Christi
26 Matthew Buschman, San Antonio
25 Carlos Rosa, NWA
25 P.J. Walters, Springfield