Frisco RoughRiders announce 2007 roster

The Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, have announced their opening day roster for the 2007 season.

Frisco RoughRiders Roster

Pitchers (13)
Michael Bumstead
Kenneth Chenard
Matt Farnum
Armando Galarraga
Daniel Haigwood
Eric Hurley
Jesse Ingram
Kea Kometani
Luis Mendoza
Brandon Puffer
Steven Rowe
Randy Williams
Jamey Wright

Catchers (2)
Salomon Manriquez
Kevin Richardson

Infielders (6)
Casey Benjamin
German Duran
Jim Fasano
Adam Fox
Emerson Frostad
Travis Metcalf

Outfielders (4)
Todd Donovan
Kevin Mahar
Steve Murphy
Kevin West

Surprises: The lone surprise appears to be the omission of left-handed pitcher Danny Ray Herrera, who is not listed on any roster straight out of spring training. It is unclear whether Herrera is nursing an injury or is just simply beginning his season in extended spring training.

Interesting stories to follow: Armando Galarraga, who was acquired along with Brad Wilkerson in the Alfonso Soriano trade, will begin his second season in the Rangers organization. Galarraga was limited to just nine starts at Frisco in 2006 due to injuries, but the righty appears to be healthy this season. The 2007 campaign will be an important one for the 25-year-old native of Venezuela.

Third baseman Travis Metcalf also has an important season ahead of him. After winning the club's Minor League Player of the Year award in 2005, Metcalf hit just .221 with a .325 slugging percentage in 121 games with Double-A Frisco in '06. The 24-year-old must right the ship this year, with Chris Davis and John Whittleman looming behind him.

Travis Metcalf looks to rebound from a rough 2006

Emerson Frostad's one year experiment behind the plate is over, as he will move to first base this season. Though he struggled in the field, Frostad had little problem mastering the Cal League at the plate. The 24-year-old hit .320 with 30 doubles and 12 home runs in just 79 games with High-A Bakersfield one season ago.

Keep your eye on: German Duran. The Rangers' sixth round selection in the 2005 draft will be returning to familiar surroundings in 2007. The middle infielder grew up in Forth Worth before playing his college ball at TCU and Weatherford Junior College. Duran was solid with Bakersfield last season, hitting .284 with 31 doubles, 13 home runs, and 15 stolen bases. He is a sleeper prospect who is a candidate to hit .300 with some power while playing solid defense for the RoughRiders this year.

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