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Arkansas Travelers vs. Frisco RoughRiders (TEX)

April 16-21, 2024

Today's Game Notes

LEADING OFF--The Travs try claim the series in Sunday’s finale.

LAST TIME OUT--Despite a rally from three runs down, Arkansas fell to Frisco, 8-4 in 10 innings on Saturday...the Travs never had the lead in the game...Cole Young and Harry Ford had two hits each but Frisco outhit Arkansas 11 to nine...Triston Polley threw two scoreless to get the win while Travis Kuhn was tagged with the loss after being scored on for the first time this season.

OH TO BE YOUNG--20-year old Cole Young had two more hits yesterday and has hit safely in 11 of his 13 games this season including a season opening nine game hit streak...tied for the team lead with four multi-hit contests... currently the youngest active player in the Texas League.

LOCKED IN--First baseman Tyler Locklear is surging in his second stint with Arkansas...has hit in seven of his last eight games...tied his career high with four runs batted in Thursday night...homered for the second straight game Thursday night and the third time in the previous four contests...hit just one homer in 22 games with the Travs last year.

THE PEN IS MIGHTIER--In the club’s eight wins, the bullpen has allowed only three earned runs over a cumulative 35 innings...surrendered 18 hits, 19 walks and two unearned runs in those innings with 38 Ks...Luis Curvelo (9,1 IP) and Kyle Hill (5 IP) have yet to allow a run this season while Peyton Alford has given up just one in 8.1 innings...Hill threw two more perfect innings Thursday night and has retired 15 straight to open the year.

GONE STREAKING--The Travs produced a seven game win streak from April 11-18...that matched their longest winning streak from last season when they won seven straight from May 7-14...their last eight game winning streak was nearly five years ago from May 17-24 in 2019.

BYRD WATCHING--Robbie Tenerowicz is back for a second season with Arkansas...last year, “Byrd” tied the franchise single season hit by pitch record getting plunked 21 times in only 87 games...he sits just 13 beanings shy of the Travs career mark held by Mike Collins (2008-09).

ON THE RISE--11 Travs made their Double-A debuts in the season opening series...headlining that group are the Mariners top two prospects INF Cole Young and C Harry Ford who are ranked 36th and 37th overall in baseball by mlb.com as well as RHP Logan Evans, drafted just last season who made the Opening Night start for the club.

FAMILIAR FACES--The 28 man season opening roster had 12 players who had previously suited up for Arkansas...six hitters return with C Jake Anchia and INF Kaden Polcovich each entering their fourth year...also back are 1B Tyler Locklear, OF Spencer Packard, OF Alberto Rodriguez and INF Robbie Tenerowicz...on the mound, RHPs Blas Castano, Travis Kuhn, Juan Mercedes and Reid Morgan as well as LHPs Peyton Alford and Ben Onyshko have previous experience with Arkansas.

PROSPECTING--The Travelers active roster is populated with five of the Mariners top 30 prospects based on the MLB Pipeline rankings...topping the list are SS Cole Young, top ranked in the system and #34 overall in baseball and C Harry Ford, second ranked in the system and #35 overall...also among Seattle’s top 30 are 1B Tyler Locklear (8), RHP Logan Evans (20) and OF Alberto Rodriguez (24).

LET’S RIDE--The Frisco RoughRiders (Texas Rangers) opened the season with a 7-2 record and are currently tied for first place in the South Division...managed by Carlos Cardoza for the second consecutive season...their active roster has four of the Rangers top 30 prospects according to mlb.com...1B Abimelec Ortiz tops the list at #11 and is joined by RHP Emiliano Teodo (#15), OF Aaron Zavala (#20) and RHP Dane Acker (#27).