And it sure doesn’t hurt to see tomorrow’s stars today at family friendly prices. Here are three great examples of how good we have it here in the Natural state and why you should go to a ballpark this summer.
The American League Champion Kansas City Royals are almost a mirror copy of what fans in Northwest Arkansas have seen over the past few years. Eric Hosmer, Greg Holland, Salvador Perez, Mike Moustakas and Yordano Ventura all played in Springdale. Pitchers Garret Richards and Matt Shoemaker along with one of the best players in all of baseball Mike Trout were Travelers in recent years. Just take a look at All Star rosters from last year’s All Star game at Target Field. In total 17 former Texas League players were recognized and either voted on the team by fans or selected by managers.
Before this season started, Baseball America released its top 100 prospects list. Of the top 100 best players in all of Minor League baseball 31 were from teams that have clubs in the Texas League. The really telling part of that stat is that all 31 were drafted by their particular club. None of them were free agents or acquired in trades. The MLB teams of the Texas League are great at finding and developing talent.
Here are the Top 5 players to watch as the Texas League season gets started.
1) Carlos Correa – shortstop – Houston Astros (Corpus Christ Hooks) – Correa is the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball.
2) Corey Seager – shortstop – Los Angeles Dodgers (Tulsa Drillers) – brother of Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager.
3) Joey Gallo – third baseman – Texas Rangers (Frisco RoughRiders) – a ton of power in his bat.
4) Julio Urias – pitcher – Los Angeles Dodgers (Tulsa Drillers) – this 18-year old native of Mexico doesn’t pitch like he’s a teenager.
5) Mark Appel – pitcher – Houston Astros (Corpus Christi Hooks) – The No. 1 pick in the draft in 2012.