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Texas Rangers Hosts Open Tryouts in Round Rock

Photo by Daniel Reese for KUT News
Friends and family watch baseball players take hitting practice for scouts from the Texas Rangers at the Dell Diamond Wednesday morning.

It's every baseball player's dream: To be picked from the crowd at an open tryout at your hometown ball park to play for your favorite Major League team.

Scouts for the defending American League Champion Texas Rangers did just that Wednesday morning, holding  open tryouts for all positions at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Not surprisingly, many came out for a chance to show their talents to professional baseball scouts. The Horton family came from Crawford, Texas for the opportunity.

“He found this on Facebook with a friend, and they were having these tryouts.  And he came into my bedroom last night about 12:00 and said ‘Mom want to go to try out,’ and I said ‘Sure what have you got to lose,’” Cathy Horton told KUT News.

The tryout was for non-professional, non-drafted baseball players interested in playing for the Round Rock Express, the Rangers' top farm team.

Jessie Wang is a news intern at KUT. She is studying International Relations, Chinese and Community Health at Tufts University in Medford, Mass.
Kelsey Sheridan is a news intern at KUT. She currently studies religion and journalism at Northwestern University.
Daniel Reese is a photography intern at KUT News. He is a student at Ohio University.