The Future’s So Bright (And Not Too Far From Arlington)

If you are a die-hard baseball fan, like all of us here at SDI, then surely you have been paying attention to what’s happening with the Texas Rangers farm system. Maybe even more so this season, than most, because of what has happened to the big league club this season. If you’re dismayed, on the ledge, and down in a funk, then I suggest you turn your attention to what’s happening in the little town of Frisco, where the Double-A Roughriders play ball.

Early Monday morning, the news broke that catching phenom Jorge Alfaro had been promoted to Frisco. How good is he? Let’s just say that he’s being compared to another legendary Texas catcher. That’s right. I am talking about the great Chad Kreuter. I’m kidding. We all know that I am speaking of Ivan Rodriguez.

Alfaro joins a roster in Frisco that is stacked with several top prospects, including third baseman Joey Gallo, pitchers Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez and the recently acquired Jake Thompson, as well as other talented players, including outfielder Nomar Mazara, who was promoted along with Alfaro.

These guys will make an impact in the majors one day, and while I hope it’s with the Rangers, there is the possibility that they could be traded in order to bring in help such as starting pitching.

Not only do you get to see these future stars play at the fraction of the cost of a ticket in Arlington, you also get to see a team that is game out of first place and were the first-half division winners this season.  And you also have the opportunity to witness prospects for other teams and, on top of that, autograph access is much easier. Just imagine if you could have gone to a minor league game and acquired the signature of a young (okay he’s still young) Mike Trout.

So while the big boys may have you down in the dumps, there still is a reason to be excited, especially if you are a true lover of the game. Plus, you really don’t have to drive all that far.

James Holland

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