More than 100 hopefuls, from all over the United States and two foreign countries, came to Fairgrounds Field in Robstown last week for their shot at a spot on a United League Baseball team roster.
The Coastal Bend Thunder drafted four players, all pitchers. Those players were Carlos Rangel, of Venezuela; Jeffrey Reckers, of Morgan, Calif.; Cody Walden, of Tuscon, Ariz.; and Matt Bran, of Denver, Colo.
After stepping off the mound Friday, Walden said he had just tried to overcome the pressure.
"It took me a couple of batters to adjust," Walden said. "I like it here, it's like Arizona, so I'm used to this. I enjoy being out here."
Tony Garcia, a Robstown native who played for the Cotton Pickers from 1997 to 2000, said he was trying out in hopes of leaving the oilfield for the baseball field.
"The oilfield's slow, so you might as well try out," Garcia said. "I have no idea (about his chances), there's a lot of good talent out here."
Garcia was not selected by any of the teams over the weekend.
In a written statement, ULB president Byron Pierce said he was impressed with the level of talent at the tryouts.
"There were some good players in attendance, but who are just not yet ready for pro ball," Pierce said. "We encouraged them to keep working toward improving their skills and to keep returning to tryouts."
The Laredo Broncos drafted catcher Jake Wells, of Devine, Texas; and Ramon Aquino, of Atlanta, Ga.
The Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings picked up outfielder Felix Cerva, of Jersey City, N.J.; and pitcher Cody Wise, of Palm Desert, Calif.
The Edinburg Roadrunners selected one player, shortstop Angel Reyes, of the Dominican Republic.
The Amarillo Dillas signed infielder Nate Radtke, of Cleveland, Ohio.
Brady Bogart, manager of the Amarillo Dillas, said Friday the players who had attended came ready to show off their skills.
"There's some pretty decent talent here," Bogart said. "There's some guys who have been released from affiliated teams, and guys are hungry right now to play baseball."
The national tryout was scheduled to be held for two full days, on Friday and Saturday, but heavy rainfall before noon on the second day caused an early end to the event.