The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are headed to the Texas League playoffs in pursuit of their second championship.
After home playoff games on Sept. 6 and Sept. 7 at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, the Naturals hit the road in the best-of-five series. Their likely first-round opponent is the Springfield Cardinals or the Tulsa Drillers as they lead the North Division in the second half.
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The Naturals advanced to the playoffs by winning the Texas League North in the first half of the season and are nearing the end of their 10th season in Arkansas.
The Wichita Wranglers moved to Springdale in 2008, playing their first season at Arvest Ballpark as the renamed Northwest Arkansas Naturals. While Major League Baseball teams periodically switch the teams that are part of their farm systems, the Naturals have remained a Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals since arriving in Springdale.
The Naturals won their only league championship in 2010, knocking off the Midland RockHounds in the best-of-five series. Northwest Arkansas has reached the playoffs in seven of the team’s 10 seasons.
Many of the Kansas City Royals top players over the years spent significant time with the Naturals, including pitchers Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland, catcher Salvador Perez, first baseman Eric Hosmer and third baseman Mike Moustakas. Other Major League Baseball stars, such as San Diego Padres first baseman Wil Myers, spent time in Springdale before moving on to other baseball organizations.