The Coastal Bend Thunder, the newest addition to the United League Baseball, will host the ULB national tryouts Friday and Saturday at Robstown's Fairgrounds Stadium, home of the Thunder.

Both workouts begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m.

"Some of the best pro baseball players have come out of these tryout camps," ULB President Byron Pierce said recently from league headquarters in Richardson. "They are a very important part of baseball operations."

The tryout is free of charge and open to players at least 18 years old not committed to a college scholarship and must be released from any professional baseball contract.

"We're looking for some guys that feel they can still play," Gallagher said. "If they think they were overlooked and feel they can play at the next level, then we encourage them to come tryout."

Thunder assistant general manager Javier Limon said pitching will be a concern for the Thunder at the open tryout.

"We'll be looking for pitcher and position players, but pitching is an area we will look at hard," Limon said.

On Thursday, a league meeting will take place with all managers in attendance. The coaches this season are Ricardo Guevas, Laredo Broncos; Brady Bogart, Amarillo Dillas; Vince Moore Edinburg Roadrunners; Eddie Dennis, Rio Grande (Harlingen) Valley White Wings; Doc Edwards, San Angelo and Al Gallagher, Coastal Bend Thunder.

The ULB's season openers are June 11 with opening games at Coastal Bend at Harlingen, Laredo at Edinburg and Amarillo at San Angelo. All ULB series are four-game sets with the exception of one series this season.