Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
March 14- vs. Cleveland. AAA & AA(AWAY); A(HOME)
March 15- Camp Day(intrasquad)
March 16- vs. Washington. AAA & AA(HOME); A(AWAY)
March 17- vs. Detroit. AAA & AA(AWAY); A(HOME)
March 18- vs. Cleveland. AAA & AA(HOME); A(AWAY)
March 19- vs. Washington. AAA & AA(AWAY); A(HOME)
March 20- Camp Day(intrasquad)
March 21- vs. Cleveland. AAA & AA(AWAY); A(HOME)
March 22- vs. Washington. AAA & AA(HOME); A(AWAY)
March 23- vs. Atlanta. AAA & AA(HOME); A(AWAY)
March 24- vs. Atlanta. AAA & AA(AWAY); A(HOME)
March 25- vs. Detroit. AAA & AA(AWAY); A(HOME)
March 26- vs. Detroit. AAA & AA(HOME); A(AWAY)
March 27- Camp Day(intrasquad)
March 28- Travel Day
March 29- Hooks vs. Express at Round Rock(6 pm)
March 30- Hooks vs. Express at Corpus Christi(2 pm)
All Florida games are scheduled for 1 pm Florida time.
Astros- Kissimmee, FL
Braves- Disney Complex, Kissimee, FL
Indians- Winter Haven, FL
Tigers- Lakeland, FL
Nationals- Viera, FL
Astros prospect James Van Ostrand is included in the above article about former Cal Poly San Luis Opispo players who are heading to minor league camp this week. Van Ostrand spent last year in the Lexington outfield. He also hit a home run in last year's future's game. He represented Canada for the international squad in that game.
Monday, February 25, 2008
"There's a couple of guys that have opened my eyes. Brad James has looked awfully good. I'm kind of reminded of a little bit (that) he has a lot of movement like (Chad) Qualls. His ball's continually jumping from one place to another. It's usually down in the strike zone. He's got a good, good arm. You guys did all the talking this winter that we depleted our arms, but we didn't. That's a pretty good arm.
Josh Muecke has really been impressive. I like what I saw at the mini-camp. And then the couple of times I've seen him throw here, it looks like he can possibly help us at this point. And Gervacio, he looks electric with that stuff he's throwing up there and the way he delivers it. We just need to get these kids a little bit of experience. They're going to help us. They're going to help us at some point."
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
#38(supplemental pick for losing Trever Miller)
#56(2nd Round--could be as low as #58*)
#88(3rd Round--could be as low as #90*)
#110(supplemental for not signing Derek Dietrich in 2007--could be as low as #112*)
#122(4th Round--could be as low as #124*)
#152(5th Round--could be as low as #126*)
*These picks could be lower if the Athletics receive compensatory picks for Type B free agents, Mike Piazza and Shannon Stewart.
The draft is schdeuled for June 5 and 6.
"On who has stood out during the last eight days of workouts: “Josh Muecke has been pretty impressive . . . There have been several, but if I had to pick somebody right now, it would be Muecke."" (Feb 22, 2008)
The Chronicle's Brian McTaggart had a Q&A with Ricky Bennett on another starter Brad James.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
March 14 vs. Cleveland, AAA & AA- Away; A-Home
March 17 vs. Detroit, AAA & AA- Away; A-Home
March 18 vs. Cleveland, AAA & AA-Home; A-Away
March 21 vs. Cleveland, AAA & AA-Home; A-Away
March 25 vs. Detroit, AAA & AA-Away; A-Home
March 26 vs. Detroit, AAA & AA-Home; A-Away
As mentioned, several of the dates not listed will most likely be against the Braves. Also, the Indians and Tigers had three or four dates listed as camp days for intrasquad games. I'd guess the Astros have the same. There was no indication if the A level has two games or one, although two is possible. Once I see an Astros schedule, I'll post in case anyone is heading to Osceola County.
As minor league camp draws close, the Astros released infielder Brandon Caipen. Caipen was drafted in the 28th round of the 2006 draft. He spent '06 in Greeneville. The Youngstown State product spent last year between Tri-City(two games) and Lexington (.269 in 43 games).
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
1st Round- Pick #10
Supplemental pick for around #50
2nd Round- around pick #62(depending on the final length of the supplemental round)
3rd Round- around pick #92
Compensation pick #111a(114)
4th Round- around #122
That makes six picks out of the first 125. Also, they will have seven in the first 171, the slot at which they picked Collin DeLome last June.
Friday, February 15, 2008
1) As the regular season begins, my goal is to report on the Astros minor league rosters, so you know who ends up where, and if I can find it, who is staying in Florida for a while.
2) Eyewitness accounts...as the season progresses, my goal is to report my own eyewitness accounts, which will be limited, and draw on any reports my readers send in. Let me know, if you are going to see an Astros minor league team, and I will do my best to get your thoughts posted.
3) Weekly Farmstros Five... I plan to pick four or five Farmstros whose performance in a week merits attention and summarize that. This will hopefully start April 14 since the minor league seasons begin around April 4.
4) Updates on player movements/injuries and trades
5) Draft coverage in June
6) Links to stories of interest... for example, if the Roanoke paper has an interesting story on some player with the Salem Avalanche, I'll try to direct you there. Also, I will do my best to find footage of Farmstros in action.
7) A Farmstros poem every six to eight weeks.
8) Play-off coverage, provide any Astros minor league teams make it.
There you have it, thanks to those who read this blog.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Albert Castillo, C, 38, will enter his 19th professional season this Spring. Castillo has spent parts of 12 seasons in the major leagues appearing in 418 games and hitting .220. He spent last season in the Baltimore organization. He played in 64 games and hit .271 at AAA Norfolk and appeared in 11 games for the Orioles. An interesting side note, Castillo spent the first five seasons of his pro career as a combined pitcher/catcher before settling in to solely catching.
Jessie Garcia, IF, 34, will be in familiar surroundings if he ends up in AA or AAA. He is a native of Corpus Christi and he spent the last two seasons as a middle infielder for Round Rock. This season will be his 15th in professional baseball. He has played 171 games in seven major league seasons, most recently 16 games for San Diego in 2005.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
A is for the Astros, the Greeneville nine, it’s true
B is for Buses, there’s no doubt they’ll ride a few
C’s for Collin DeLome, how will his ’08 go?
D is for Dell Diamond, Farmstros last stop ere the show
E is for the Errors…E5, E6, E8!
F is for a First round pick, hope this year’s turns out great
G is for Gervacio whose arm may take him far
H must be for Hunter, who now wears a
I’s for Independent Leagues, United and Frontier
Where guys like Paz and Just, now Farmstros, played their ball last year
K is for the Strikeouts that Bud Norris will amass
L is for the Legends who play A ball, lower class
M is for Missed signals, and the chaos that ensues
N is for the Nifty catch that ends up on YOU TUBE
O is for Off-Season when we wait and watch for Spring
P is for Paulino, hope he has the stuff to bring
Q is for Quinteros, Houston’s system now has two
R’s the guy in Rookie ball who’s quickly passing through
Three promotions in one season is a Tale That Towles can Tell
U’s Undrafted players, Icenogle comes to mind
V is for the Valley Cats, that’s the Tri-City kind
W’s Whataburger Field, where Hooks oft play their games
X? the Extra effort by the Farmstros every game
Y is for Yordany, will he be the next big thing?
Which brings us up to Z, the BUZZ that each spring training brings.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
The team will have the #10 pick over-all. With the #10 pick in last year, The Giants picked a high school pitcher who signed too late to play in 2007. The two previous #10 picks? 2006- Tim Lincecum-P to the Giants and 2005- Cameron Maybin-OF to the Tigers.
Further, the compensation pick for Miller will most likely fall into the 40-50 range... a few players of note picked in that range recently: 2006- #41-Joba Chamberlain(Yankees); 2005-#42-Clay Buchholz(Red Sox) and #45-Jed Lowrie(Red Sox); 2004- #40-Huston Street(Athletics); #46-Yovani Gallardo(Brewers).
Mark June 5 on your calendar to see how the new regime does in their first draft.
One more note: MiLB.com is featuring an interview with Dave Clark, who steps up to become the manager of the Round Rock Express this season. The website recently interviewed Corpus Christi's new manager, Luis Pujols.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
...he took the mound a few times for the coaches at the Elite Camp at Minute Maid Park. All indications are that the right-hander is on schedule. He will go to Florida on February 20 for mini-camp before reporting to Spring Training in March. According to an article by Gary Hawkins at the following link...
...Corpus Christi will be Fairchild's starting point this season, although he may stay in Florida for extended spring training depending on his arm.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
June 17-South Atlantic- Greensboro, NC(Lexington, Low A)
June 24- California/Carolina- Myrtle Beach, SC(Salem, High A)
June 25- Texas- Springfield, MO(Corpus Christ, AA)
July 13- Futures' Game-Yankee Stadium
July 15- MLB All-Star Game- Yankee Stadium
July 16- Triple AAA- Louisville(Round Rock, AAA)
August 19- Short Season A- Troy, home of Astros' affiliate Tri-City
MiLB.com also recently posted an interview with new Corpus Christi manager, Luis Pujols. The link to that site is in my favorites.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Josh Johnson is listed as a catcher on BA's transaction page as an Astro signee. Indeed, he was drafted out of high school by Minnesota in 2001 as a catcher. He was signed by Tampa Bay in 2005 for the same purpose. However, after spending 30 games at Durham(Tampa's AAA) last season, Johnson, 25, was demoted to Hudson Valley(Short-Season A) apparently to try his hand as a starting pitcher. He made 12 starts and 2 relief appearances for Hudson Valley, pitching 64 innings. He posted a 5-2 record with a 3.38 ERA. It will be interesting to see where he is pitching this Spring.
In addition, the Astros signed Erick Abreu, RHP, 24. Abreu signed with the Yankees out of the Dominican in 2004. He missed the 2005 season with a stress fracture in his right elbow. He has never been higher than High A. Last season, he only appeared in eight games at High A. However, he showed some potential at Low A Charleston the previous season: 86 IP, 79 Ks and a 1.88 ERA.
Ortiz also reports that the Astros are looking at Bartolo Colon and Alberto Castillo, a 38 year old catcher.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Fast forward to the 2007 off-season. It wasn't a Rule 5 draft loss, but the Astros traded 2005 2nd round pick Ralph Henriquez III to the Mets for a low minor league pitcher Josh Appell. Henriquez a switch hitting catcher had the lowest OBP in the South Atlantic League(.227) while playing for Lexington. Seems innocent enough. However, one of the coaches that Henriquez faced during the season had some special insight into his play that the Mets may benefit from in 2008. Ralph Henriquez, Jr. is a coach at Charleston(Yankees) and he is Ralph III's father. After watching his son hit three balls to the warning track in a four game series, the elder Henriquez came to the conclusion that his son needed to bulk up. As a result, the former Astros farmhand spent the winter in the weight room and added 22 pounds to his 180 pound frame. All reports are that Henriquez's defense is sound. If the added weight results in Henriquez swinging a solid bat, it will be the Mets gain and unfortunately, the Astros loss.
Thanks to Adam Rubin's organizational report in Baseball America for some of this information.