Just when we thought baseball was back, it turns out some players may be opting out of a return this season. Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals), Joe Ross (Nationals), and Mike Leake (Diamondbacks) have all been confirmed to not return for the 2020 season. So, if you’re done waiting for the MLB to get it together, I’ve got the perfect solution!
The Texas Collegiate League was founded in 2004, and is a way for current NCAA eligible baseball players to continue their craft in the summer, while still keeping up with NCAA regulations (unpaid playing time). The League is set up to mimic the minor league and prepare players for the future, with games played 6 days a week and MLB approved wood bats and balls. Due to Covid-19, many teams did not return this year. Currently 5 TCL teams are playing, and the open slots were filled by MiLB teams from Texas and Oklahoma: the Frisco Rough Riders, Round Rock Express, San Antonio Missions, and the Tulsa Drillers.
At this point you’re probably wondering why you know all of this history to the TCL, well here ya go! Sam Thompson, a Sophomore at TCU is playing on the Brazos Valley Bombers team this year. The Outfielder from Owasso, OK made his Freshman debut this year with a .304 batting average, and no errors in the outfield giving him a 1.000 fielding percentage.
Thompson and the Bombers will be playing a 3-day series starting this Tuesday (tomorrow 7/7) through Thursday (7/9) at Dr. Pepper Ballpark home to the Frisco Rough Riders. I would absolutely recommend going over to show your support for the league! Currently tickets are unavailable to be pre-bought online, but can still be purchased at the gate. Games are also being streamed for a nominal charge, for those who would prefer to watch the games without needing to leave their houses.