TRAVS SEASON OPENER
7:10 p.m., Dickey-Stephens Park, North Little Rock. $6-$10.
It's a new year for the defending Texas League champion Arkansas Travelers
, and one that could prove just as exciting as last. In minor league ball, of course, there's no predicting the vagaries of call-ups. I'd venture that most of those who take in games care more about seeing prospects passing through or flashes of offensive brilliance than about the team's record. There should be plenty of the former this year. The Travs' opening day roster features eight of Baseball America's top 31 prospects in the Los Angeles Angels organization, including power hitting catcher Hank Conger and first baseman Mark Trumbo, both of whom played, for a time, for the Travs last year. New faces include outfielder Peter Bourjos, who stole 50 bases with Rancho Cucamonga last year; second baseman Ryan Mount, who got 49 RBIs and 16 home runs in Class A, and the organization's number two prospect, right-handed pitcher J.T. O'Sullivan, who'll start on opening night. Thursday marks the start of a six-day home stand for the Travs, who'll take on Midland through Saturday and Frisco Sunday through Tuesday.
BUT, it's looking cloudy. If it's a rain out, I heard there's something fun going on at the River Market Pavilion.