The Frisco RoughRiders play at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco (north of Dallas). The team plays in the Texas League in the South Division. Their inaugural season was in 2003 and the park won the Best New Ballpark award that year. In 2009 Baseball America named Dr Pepper Ballpark as the fifth-best ballpark in Minor League Baseball and the 2nd among other Double-A clubs.
The field dimensions are 335 feet to Left and Right 364 feet to Left Center and Right Center and 409 feet to straight center field. The stadium seats 10,600 fans and has a pool rental available just behind the right field wall.
The RoughRiders are primarily where some of the better prospects of the organization play; it’s currently unclear as to who will specifically be listed on the 2011 roster. As Stacy reported earlier this week first baseman Jose Ruiz and catcher Jose Felix should be reporting to the team. I would love to see the superstar shortstop Jurickson Profar sent to Frisco but it’s likely he will play at Single-A this season.
Former Ranger great Steve Buechele is the club’s current manager. Buechele was a mainstay of the Rangers for a nearly a decade in the 80′s and 90′s and has always been a favorite of mine.
Additionally this season the Frisco RoughRiders will have 10 games televised on TXA-21 in the Dallas/Ft Worth area. The television schedule can be found on the team’s website linked below.
(I will see the Frisco team in person at the Round Rock Express/Frisco RoughRiders exhibition game on April 5th in Round Rock and will report back as to how the lineup and team look. I also have plans this season to attend a RoughRiders game in Frisco and will try to see them when they play the Corpus Christi Hooks at Whataburger Field (dates TBD).)
For fans in the DFW area it’s an easy trip to make and a really great opportunity to see players before they become major leaguers. For ticket information check out the team’s website: Frisco RoughRiders or call 972-731-9200