Major League Spring Training in Kissimmee will commence in earnest the weekend of February 15-17. Houston's position players are scheduled to report that Friday and the first full squad workout will occur on Saturday. However, fans in Houston who can't make it to Florida by mid-February will have the opportunity to look at few potential Astros of the future in their own backyard.
As mentioned here previously, Division I college baseball begins nationwide on February 15. The Rice Owls are slated to host Stanford in a three-game series beginning Friday afternoon at 4:30 pm. Rice and Stanford consistently have a handful(and sometimes two hands full) of players selected in the June draft. This year, four Stanford players are listed in MLB.com's list of top 50 draft prospects. Included in that quartet is Mark Appel, a senior right-handed starter who figures to be a first round pick for the second year in a row.
Tickets for the games range in price from $10-$16.