Last year the Astros moved their AAA affiliate north to Oklahoma City. The first season in Oklahoma could have been better- the RedHawks finished last in their division with a 68-75 record. This year the RedHawks look to improve and make a push for the post-season. As the organization continues to rebuild several prospects will be calling RedHawks Field at Bricktown home in the not so distant future.
This year’s team will also feature a few players with big league experience that didn’t quite make Houston’s Opening Day roster. Players like Juan Abreu and Jimmy Paredes will be sharpening their skills there while waiting for a call-up to the show. Veteran manager Tony DeFrancesco, in his second season with the Astros organization, will also be working with the likes of Fernando Martinez and Angel Sanchez this summer. Pitching coach Burt Hooton has a young group of starters led by Paul Clemens and Dallas Keuchel. Other prospects who could land in Oklahoma City before the year is over include SS Jonathan Villar and OF Brandon Barnes.
If you are thinking about a road trip to take in some minor league action Bricktown Ballpark is definitely an option to consider. Our friends at stadiumjourney.com did an in-depth review of the AAA venue and the surrounding amenities. Click on the page below to see Bill Kintner’s entire review.