The Memphis Redbirds open their seventh season at AutoZone Park Friday night when they host the Omaha Royals. Gone from this year's squad are familiar faces like Bo Hart and Scott Seabol, but returning will be pitching ace Anthony Reyes (pictured), who is the top-rated prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, and outfielder John Gall, who, with 55 games and 26 hits, would break franchise records held by the venerable Stubby Clapp.
The Redbirds are coming off a pair of mediocre seasons (combined record: 144-143) and will be looking for their first taste of postseason baseball since they won the 2000 Pacific Coast League Championship. They'll again be competing for division supremacy with Nashville (Milwaukee's Triple-A affiliate and the defending PCL champ), Omaha (Kansas City), and Iowa (Chicago Cubs).
Among the new faces, keep an eye on third-baseman Travis Hanson, who hit .284 with 20 homers and 97 RBIs for Double-A Springfield last season.
Memphis Redbirds vs. the Omaha Royals, 7:10 p.m. Friday, April 14th, AutoZone Park, $5-$17