The Minor League Game of the Week

Nick Adenhart took a no-hitter into the 6th inning of his Double-A debut April 7 at Frisco.

April 7, 2007 … Nick Adenhart squares off against major leaguer Eric Gagne as the Arkansas Travelers visit the Frisco RoughRiders.

Eric Gagne?!

The former Dodgers closer and free agent signed a deal during the winter with the Texas Rangers. Still recovering from a 2006 herniated disc injury, and not far beyond recovery from “Tommy John” surgery, Gagne needed more work so the Rangers assigned him on rehab to their Double-A affiliate in Frisco, Texas, a Dallas-Ft. Woth suburb.

Gagne pitched only the first inning, and gave up a solo homer to shortstop Sean Rodriguez.

Later in the season, Texas would trade him to the Boston Red Sox.

Adenhart, meanwhile, was ranked the Angels’ top pitching prospect entering the 2007 season. At age 20, he was one of the youngest starting pitchers in the Texas League. His debut was outstanding, taking a no-hitter into the 6th inning.

Nick’s name now comes up in trade talks, most recently in rumors about Florida third baseman Miguel Cabrera.

The annual Top 10 Prospects report will be on-line by the end of the month. As you might suspect, he’ll be the top-rated pitcher, assuming he isn’t traded. More about Nick in that article.

The official box score shows it was 43 degrees at game time. The Midwest and much of the nation was in the midst of a cold snap at the time.

The Travs’ Phil Elson calls the game. Phil is a very talented young broadcaster. I’ve said many times he’ll be a big-league broadcaster one day. This webcast is the direct feed between Phil and the station, so you’ll hear him talking to the engineer between innings instead of the radiocast commercials.

Click Here to listen to the game. You need Windows Media Player.


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