Saturday, April 4 at 6:05 p.m.
Round Rock, Texas
For the second year in a row, the Triple-A Round Rock Express and Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks will give fans a glimpse of what's to come during Houston Astros Futures Weekend from April 4-5. The Express and Hooks will face off in a two-game, home-and-home exhibition series just before the start of the Minor League Baseball season on April 9.
Dell Diamond, home of the Express, will host the first game of the series at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday, April 4. The two teams will then travel south to Corpus Christi for a 2:05 p.m. first pitch in game two at Whataburger Field, home of the Hooks, on Sunday, April 5.
The two-game series will likely be loaded with top talent as 14 of the Astros' top 30 prospects, according to MLB.com, played with either Round Rock or Corpus Christi in 2019, including the organization's top overall prospect, RHP Forrest Whitley as well as five others who are currently ranked in the top 10: RHP Bryan Abreu (#4), INF Abraham Toro (#5), RHP Tyler Ivey (#6), RHP Cristian Javier (#9) and RHP Brandon Bielak (#10). Six of those top 30 prospects suited up for both the Express and Hooks a year ago.
The inaugural Houston Astros Futures Weekend in 2019 proved to be true to its name as 14 players who appeared in the exhibition series logged Major League service time in 2019, including OF Yordan Alvarez, INF Myles Straw, INF Abraham Toro, OF Kyle Tucker and RHP Jose Urquidy.