TCU fans will be able to get an early peek at the No. 2-ranked Horned Frogs baseball team at 1 p.m. Saturday in the the annual alumni game at Lupton Stadium.
Chicago Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta will start for the TCU alumni team, managed by Lance Brown. Mitchell Traver will start for the varsity.
Admission is free. Festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. with the varsity team’s batting practice, followed by the alumni batting practice at 11:10 a.m. Kids will be able to run the bases and get autographs after the game. The team will also open the doors to the new Malcolm G. Louden Player Development Center so fans can get an up-close view of the new facility.
This year’s alumni team will feature three new faces. Dylan Fitzgerald, Kevin Cron and Brandon Finnegan will be in the opposite dugout for the first time. Arrieta and Finnegan, the Kansas City Royals reliever who became the first player to play in the College World Series and the major league World Series in the same year, are two of five major leaguers on the roster, joining Scott Atchison (Cleveland Indians), Matt Carpenter (St. Louis Cardinals) and Bryan Holaday (Detroit Tigers).
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The alumni team will also include Jason Coats, Stefan Crichton, Cron, Josh Elander, Taylor Featherston, Paul Hendrix, Greg Holle, Andrew Mitchell, Jerome Pena, Trevor Seidenberger, Kyle Von Tungeln, Kyle Winkler and Jantzen Witte.
The Horned Frogs open the season Feb. 13 at home against Southern Illinois at 6:30 p.m.