I know, I know. Baseball season officially opened on Sunday, but…
Today opens the minor league season!
All four of the KC Royals full season affiliates open up the 2016 season at home.
Triple-A Omaha kicks off the season tonight against the New Orleans Zephyrs (an affiliate of the Miami Marlins) with the first of four games against NO. Miguel Almonte gets the start for the Storm Chasers. According to weather.com, it is going to be a windy and cold day today, with a high of 56 (but a low of 35).
Omaha then welcomes Round Rock to town for four games (so an eight game homestand to start the season).
Double-A NW Arkansas starts the season welcoming Frisco (an affiliate of the Texas Rangers) to town for three games (followed by Midland for three games). Alec Mills gets the Opening Night start for the Naturals, with Frank Lopez opposing him.
This may be the place to be to watch a ballgame tonight: a high of 71 (though a low of 38).
High-A Wilmington begins the season at home for the first time in a LONG time. They welcome division rival Potomac (an affiliate of the Washington Nationals) to town for four games (and then Carolina for three games). Zach Lovvorn gets the start for the Blue Rocks tonight and he will be opposed by Phillips Valdez.
Tonight’s forecast doesn’t look great, with rain expected. Hopefully they play because I do not want to miss an Opening Night (it would be my first missed in six years).
Finally, Low-A Lexington begins a four-game series tonight against Lakewood (an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies) and then three more games against Augusta. Scott Blewett will get the Opening Night start for the Legends against Franklyn Kilome.
The weather forecast for Lexington isn’t great either, with potential for rain and game time temps in the 40s.