7/2/2014 - Roadrunners, Mets Host Tryouts at Angelina College
More than 80 Players Show off Skills
More than 80 baseball hopefuls showed up for Tuesday’s tryout at Angelina College, looking to impress either the New York Mets or the AC Roadrunners.
Long-time Mets scout Ray Corbett addressed the players before running them through speed, pitching, fielding and hitting drills. Roadrunner head coach Jeff Livin threw batting practice for the potential signees.
“We do this every year, and it’s beneficial to both organizations,” Livin said. “There’s so much baseball talent in East Texas, and it’s good for the pros to see some of that first-hand.
“It’s also good for our team. We’ve found some real gems here in the past.”
Also on-hand was a news crew from FOX News in San Diego, where former Roadrunner Andrew Cashner is a member of the Padres. Cashner, along with fellow pros Clay Buchholz and Josh Tomlin, played for Livin.
“It’s always good to see our guys experiencing success, whether it’s in baseball or whatever they’ve chosen to do when they leave here,” Livin said.
New York Mets scout Ray Corbett (lower right) addresses the more than 80 young baseball hopefuls just before the start of Tuesday’s tryout camp at Angelina College. The Mets and Roadrunners combine for the annual tryout in an effort to highlight East Texas baseball talent. (AC Press photo)