April 4th, 2013

Opening Day Game Notes

Opening Day is upon us! Hot off the press is edition number one of this year’s game notes: click here for game notes (.pdf).

Cody Buckel gets the start for Frisco at Dickey-Stevens Park against the Arkansas Travelers. One of the top right-handed pitching prospects in the Rangers organization, Buckel enters the season as the highest ranked prospect in the Texas system on the RoughRiders Opening Day roster. Baseball America lists him 8th in the Texas system, Jonathan Mayo at MLB.com tabs him 4th (and 87th in all of baseball), Keith Law at ESPN.com puts him 3rd (and 90th overall), John Sickles considers Buckel 4th while Jason Parks at Baseball Prospectus has him missing the cut of the top ten prospects in the Rangers organization.

Tonight's starting pitcher Cody Buckel, just 20 years of age

Tonight’s starting pitcher Cody Buckel, just 20 years of age

Weather update from Little Rock – 11 a.m.

Good morning and happy Opening Day from Little Rock, Arkansas!  The team arrived at the hotel at about 8:45 last night, which might be the earliest we get to a hotel all season before a game so the guys should be well rested.  A bit of sour news greeted us all here when we woke up, as it has been steadily raining all morning.  The good news is that it looks like things should dry up a bit this afternoon and, if the weather cooperates with the forecast, we should be able to play ball tonight at Dickey-Stephens Park.  The great news is that we should have completely clear skies for each of the final two nights of this first series.  I’ll keep you updated, but in the mean time start practicing your anti-rain dance in case things get a little dodgy later on.

- Alex

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