Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Details finalized for Razorbacks' scrimmages vs. Rangers
Arkansas infielder Caleb Cali is shown during a 2022 fall practice. (Photo courtesy Walt Beazley, Arkansas Athletics)
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ first scrimmage against the Texas Rangers’ instructional league team will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Baum-Walker Stadium.
The teams will also play a seven-inning scrimmage next Thursday beginning at 4 p.m. Both scrimmages will be free to attend and gates will open one hour prior to first pitch.
Concession stands will be open both days and no outside food or drink will be permitted except for in the left-field Hog Pen. Premium-seating areas will be closed to the public.
The Rangers’ 50-man instructional league roster includes players ranging from ages 17 to 24 years old. Among the notables are three of the Rangers’ top-30 draft prospects, according to Baseball America — outfielder Anthony Gutierrez, shortstop Chandler Pollard and right-handed pitcher Luis Ramirez.
Kumar Rocker, a former right-handed pitcher at Vanderbilt who was drafted by the Rangers in the first round this year, is also listed on the roster, but Rocker was recently assigned to the Arizona Fall League.
The Rangers’ instructional league team is also scheduled to scrimmage Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and TCU next week as part of a five-day college tour. The Rangers scrimmaged four Texas schools last October.
The scrimmages against the Rangers will be Arkansas' only against outside competition during its fall practice season, which began in early September and concludes later this month. The Razorbacks have not scrimmaged any teams since 2019 exhibition games against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
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