2017 Florida’s Fire Frogs 1st Baseball Game in Kissimmee

Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Kissimmee, FL – Central Florida is adding another minor league baseball team to the area. Now many Central Floridians have a choice either going to Daytona Beach or Kissimmee to see a baseball game. The very first game will be played on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 6:35pm, at Osceola County Stadium located on the Osceola Heritage Park property. Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd…

The Florida Fire Frogs play and practice at Osceola County Stadium where the Houston Astros formerly played their spring training games ending in Spring 2016. Now Kissimmee has a baseball home team again. The Florida Fire Frogs are the Advanced-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves and compete in the Florida State League. Previously the team played at Space Coast Stadium in Brevard County under the Brevard Manatees. The Manatees are no longer a team in Brevard. Come on down and see an exciting baseball game. Ticket prices are reasonable. These minor league baseball players have a lot of heart and hustle. Their dream is to make it to the majors one day once they get the call up.

The sights and scenes at Osceola County Stadium will want you coming back for more. There are a variety of amenities at this stadium. It is commended to purchase the box seats for a more comfortable experience. They have concession stands, souvenirs, and much more. Catch the team’s new mascot name Striker and have your photo taken with him.

Opening night is going to be huge. The first 1,000 fans will receive an Inaugural Season Opening Night Commemorative Ticket and a free t-shirt. The first 1,000 fans exiting the stadium will receive an inaugural season magnet schedule. The team will also hold a Celebration of the Braves. Stick around after the contest for Post-Game Fireworks! Thursdays are “Thirsty Thursdays” at the ballpark, where fans can enjoy 12 oz. beers and 12 oz. sodas for just $1 each (limit of two beers per purchase).

Get to know some of the players. The inaugural roster features eight of the Atlanta Braves’ top-30 prospects, according to MLB.com. 19-year-old outfielder Ronald Acuna (8) tops the list for the Fire Frogs.Left-handed pitcher Luiz Gohara (11), right-handed pitcher Touki Toussaint (12), infielder Austin Riley (13), left-handed pitcher Ricardo Sanchez (20), catcher/outfielder Alex Jackson (24), left-handed pitcher Drew Harrington (26), and outfielder Braxton Davidson (29) round out the eight ranked prospects.

The roster includes 16 players from the Rome Braves’ (ATL, A-) 2016 South Atlantic League championship team that defeated the Lakewood BlueClaws, 3-1. Those players feature Corbin Clouse, Josh Graham, Chase Johnson-Mullins, Taylor Lewis, Sanchez, Toussaint, Devan Watts and Jacob Webb on the mound, with Jonathan Morales, Wigberto Nevarez, Carlos Castro, Riley, Alejandro Salazar, Acuna, Ray-Patrick Didder and Tyler Nelsony in the field.Didder led the South Atlantic League with 95 runs scored.

The average age of the Opening Day roster is 21.9-years-old, with the youngest being Sanchez (19) and the oldest being right-handed pitcher Andres Santiago (27). 14 players reside in the U.S., including two Florida representatives. Fire Frogs’ left-handed pitcher Tyler Pike, was selected in the Compensation B round of the 2012 draft out of Winter Haven High School by the Seattle Mariners. Pike was acquired from the Mariners in a trade in 2016. Seven other countries are represented on the Fire Frogs roster, including Brazil, Haiti, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Aruba.

Of the roster, 12 players were drafted by the Braves, including Davidson in the first round in 2014. Five members of the team were acquired through trades, and seven were signed as non-drafted free agents. Many more players will be shuffled around during the season.

For more information, please visit www.FloridaFireFrogs.com, and follow the team on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube. If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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