Uh oh, check out some of the prospects playing for undefeated Frisco. Now compare the talent on the Roughriders roster with the Travelers roster, which is now depleted with the loss of star outfielder Chris Pettit after only one game (his replacement, Jordan Renz, is not on the list of Angels top prospects). Combine the roster differences with the Travs' crazy base-running philosophy and troublesome relief pitching and I smell a sweep. Note the item about Warner Madrigal below. I wonder how the Angels blew that one. On with the guide to the upcoming promotions and the top players to watch...
Sunday, April 6 - 4 p.m.
$10 admission for families with church bulletin and kids run bases after game.
Monday, April 7 - 11 a.m.
Screaming kids day and $3 off discount coupon in Democrat-Gazette sports section.
Tuesday, April 8 - 7:10 p.m.
$3 off discount coupon from Exxon locations and Magic 105 night (whoops).
(The Travs return to give fans their first opportunity to boo the NWA Naturals for a series beginning April 17.)
Frisco Roughriders (Texas Rangers, Oklahoma Redhawks)
17 Elvis Andrus SS - #19 on Baseball America's Top 100 prospect list, Rangers #1 prospect, part of Mark Teixeira trade with Atlanta, compared to Edgar Renteria, age 19, best defensive infielder and infield arm in system, projected starting shortstop for 2011 Rangers, '07 Arizona Fall League All-Prospect Team, '07 Futures Game all-star
21 Chris Davis 1B - #65 on Baseball America's Top 100 prospect list, Rangers #2 prospect, second in Minors with 36 home runs in '07, best power hitter in system, '07 Topps Class A all-star, '07 Baseball America High Class-A all-star, '07 California League all-star
31 Taylor Teagarden C - #80 on Baseball America's Top 100 prospect list, Rangers #4 prospect, best defensive catcher in system, projected starting catcher for 2011 Rangers, '07 Baseball America High Class-A all-star, (heckler's note: played college for Texas Longhorns)
29 John Mayberry Jr. OF - Rangers #17 prospect, son of two-time MLB all-star John Mayberry, Rangers top draft pick in '05, projected starting left fielder for 2011 Rangers, '07 Arizona Fall League Rising Stars selection, '07 California League all-star
9 Max Ramirez C - Rangers #23 prospect, part of Kenny Lofton trade with Cleveland, '07 Carolina League all-star, '07 Futures Game all-star
20 Thomas Berkery SS - (heckler's note: played college at Mississippi State)
10 Corey Ragsdale 2B - from Jonesboro
12 Craig Gentry OF - played for Arkansas Razorbacks, from Van Buren, friend of Matt Jones?
4 Dustin Majewski OF - (heckler's note: played college for Texas Longhorns)
25 Matt Harrison LHP - Rangers #12 prospect, part of Mark Teixeira trade with Atlanta, has a slow curveball show pitch, best control in system, '07 Arizona Fall League All-Prospect Team, '07 Southern League all-star
26 Warner Madrigal RHP - Rangers #25 prospect, converted to pitcher and had a breakout season at Cedar Rapids in '07 but became Minor League free agent when the Angels inadvertently left him off the 40-man roster
19 Brennan Garr RHP - Rangers #29 prospect, '07 Midwest League all-star
23 Trey Hodges RHP - (heckler's note: played college at LSU)
39 Scott Feldman RHP - On Rangers 40-man roster
Arkansas Travelers (Los Angeles Angels, Salt Lake Bees)
14 Hainley Statia SS - Angels #11 prospect, '07 California League all-star
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