Monday, March 31, 2008
Cassel(Portland/San Diego in 2007)-40 man roster
Estrada(Round Rock)-40 man roster
Gordon(Corpus Christi/Round Rock)
Hernandez(Pawtucket, Scranton/Wilkes/Barre, Indianapolis)
Houston(Syracuse)-40 man roster
Miller(Corpus Christi/Round Rock)
Nieve(Disabled)- 40 man roster
Paronto(Richmond/Atlanta)-40 man roster
Reineke(Round Rock)-40 man roster
Newhan(New Orleans/New York Mets)
Abercrombie(Albuquerque/Florida)- 40 man roster
Gorneault(Salt Lake/Los Angeles Angels)
Ramirez(Lake Elsinore/Portland)- 40 man roster
This list includes 15 pitches and 14 position players. The roster limit is 24.
Nieve may still be injured
Paronto had the option to become a free agent, so he might be gone
Quintero may be traded or released
I'll post the roster as soon as I get a hold of it.
Bello(Tri-City in 2007)
Pacella(River City of the Frontier League)
Powell(Tri-City)(2007 Draft Pick)
Robinson(Greeneville)(2007 Draft Pick)- Son of Astros' pitching coach Dewey Robinson.
Carkeek(Tri-City)(2007 Draft Pick)
Fixler(Tri-City)(2007 Draft Pick)
Corrado(Tri-City)(2007 Draft Pick)
Cusick(Tri-City)(2007 Draft Pick)
Mena(Everett of Northwest League)-drafted in 2007 by Seattle out of Univ. of Tampa where he was apparently a teammate of Corrado. Also, Astros 2006 pick pitcher Sergio Perez, injured in Corpus at the moment is from Univ. of Tampa.
DeLome(Tri-City)(2007 Draft Pick)
Dixon(Tri-City)(2007 Draft Pick)
Ten draft picks from 2007(out of 34 who signed) are listed on the opening rosters of Lexington and Salem. This doesn't include picks who might be spending time in extended spring training or recovering from injury.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Douglass(Corpus and Round Rock in 2007)
Gervacio(Salem and Corpus)
Englebrook(Salem and Corpus)
Norris(Lexington and Salem)
James(Salem and Corpus)
Bogusevic(Salem and Corpus)-lefty
McKeller(Salem and Corpus)
Eckert(Las Vegas-Dodgers and Newark-Atlantic League)
Santangelo(Corpus)-gets to start after missing 50 games with suspension in 2007.
Manzella(Salem and Corpus)- Starting Shortstop
Sheldon(Salem)-Looks like the first baseman here
Cosby(New Hampshire-Blue Jays)
Sadler(Corpus)- Last year's Corpus Christi MVP
A few thoughts on the roster:
I think James, Norris, Bogusevic, and Douglass will be starting...we'll see about a fifth.
Two names I expected here pitchers Sergio Perez and Tip Fairchild. I know Fairchild is still recovering from Tommy John, so he may not show up until May or June. As for Perez, he was a starter for Salem last year. I haven't heard of any injury.
Based on who's in Corpus, it looks like Jonny Ash and Josh Muecke will start the year at Round Rock.
Salamida,LHP(2007- Salem)- Salamida will be a co-starter with Arguello until he gets stretched out
Arguello,LHP(Lexington) see Salamida
Bass, RHP(Lexington)-starter, spent much of 2007 injured
Dominguez, RHP(Tri-City)-2007 draft pick
Felipe Garcia, RHP(Hickory-Pirates- Low A)
Erick Abreu, RHP(Tampa- Yankees High A)
Josh Appell, LHP(St. Lucie- Mets High A)-acquired in trade for Ralph Henriquez
Clemens(Lexington)-switching from third base
Iacono(Tri-City)- 2007 draft pick out of Princeton. New pitcher Appell is a Pennsylvania product. Should make for some interesting mound discussions when they are the battery.
Ori(Salem)- Lefty swinger will share first base duties
Van Ostrand(Lexington)- Right-handed Canadian Baseball hero; He and Ori will share time, but I assume since Van Ostrand is the hotter prospect, he will play more.
Sutil, Torres, and Buchanan to man the middle infield
Florentino(Lexington)-third baseman to try to improve fielding from 27 errors in 80 games.
A few thoughts on what this means for AA...
Based on this roster, it looks like Bud Norris, RHP and Chris Johnson, IF will jump to Corpus Christi after short stays in Salem last season.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The other eight who were released Wednesday:
Beau Torbert, OF. Torbert spent last year with Corpus and Round Rock. Torbert, drafted in 2004, fell victim to the club's surplus of outfield prospects.
Michael Johnson, IF. Johnson spent part of last year with Corpus Christi. He was signed during the season after San Diego released him.
Andrew Darnell, OF. The 2005 draft pick spent last season in Lexington.
Mike Just, IF. He signed this off-season after spending 2007 with Fargo-Moorhead of the independent Northern League.
Nick Cavanaugh, RHP. Cavanaugh spent last year with Salem and Lexington.
Kyle DeYoung, RHP. The 2006 draft pick was with Lexington last season.
Aaron Rakers, RHP. The righty spent last year with the Padres AAA club in Portland. He made a brief visit to Petco Park.
Giuseppe Norrito, RHP. Norrito was selected from the Dodgers system in the minor-league phase of last December's Rule 5 draft.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Based on the date of the announcement, a Sidd Finch sighting is highly probable. For anyone to young to remember Sidd Finch, google his name to find out more about this former Mets' phenom.
Right-handed pitchers Ryan Houston and Jack Cassel were optioned to Round Rock. Right-handed pitcher Runelvys Hernandez and catcher Josh Johnson were reassigned to minor league camp. Meanwhile, Right-hander Rory Shortell who spent last season with Salem was released. Also, righty Ken Chenard and shortstop Angel Reyes, both off-season free agent signings were given their walking papers.
The Round Rock and Corpus Christi squads have a camp day tomorrow before heading to Texas Friday. The two squads face off in Round Rock Saturday night and again at Corpus Christi Sunday afternoon.
Monday, March 24, 2008
The others released:
Albert Castillo, C. The 38 year old veteran spent part of the spring in the big league camp before being sent down.
Natanael Mateo, RHP. Mateo last pitched in 2006 in the San Antonio system.
Pat Osborn, IF. Osborn spent last season with Salem after being acquired from Cleveland in a trade.
Scott Chiasson, RHP. http://farmstros.blogspot.com/2008/01/chiasson-chronicles.html. Chiasson, after a complex journey to Osceola County, is gone.
Joe Muro, RHP. Muro was drafted by Tampa Bay in 2004. Spent last season with St. George(Golden) and Anderson(SCL) of two different independent leagues.
Mike Galloway, LHP. Galloway(aka Bruce) was drafted in 2005 by Baltimore. Spent '07 with Delmarva(Low A).
In spite of my most diligent efforts, a new name pops up on the Astros minor league rosters from time to time that I hadn't seen. Before today, I had never heard of Galloway or Muro. I read a quote from Ricky Bennett indicating that the team brought in about 30 new players this off-season for the minor league system. I'll do my best when rosters come out in about a week to introduce you to the new guys.
May 25- Hooks vs. Springfield(Cardinals)
June 1- Express vs. New Orleans(Mets)
June 12- Hooks @ Frisco(Rangers)
June 22- Hooks @ Frisco(Rangers)
June 23- Express@ Oklahoma(Rangers)
July 3- Express vs. Albuquerque(Marlins)
July 6- Express vs. Nashville(Brewers)
July 13- Hooks vs. Frisco(Rangers)
July 14- Express vs. Oklahoma(Rangers)
July 20- Hooks vs. Frisco(Rangers)
July 24- Express vs. Fresno(Giants)
August 10- Hooks vs. Springfield(Cardinals)
Thursday, March 20, 2008
A Duke on every base
A 3-nothing deficit stared the batter in the face.
The pitcher, clad in orange and black showed menace in his eyes
His job? To save this final game and claim the season’s prize.
The starter had been strong, through more than eight, no hits did show
In the heat his arm ran out of gas and walked three in a row
So, this fireman was called upon to quench the final spark
Leaving the Duke faithful to stagger in the dark.
When the team was at its weakest, it seemed he became most strong.
Concerning ways to win a game, it seemed he’d done it all
Home runs, stolen bases, and a walk-off base on balls.
He carried them to wins at least a time or three each week.
And while he was a hero, his demeanor remained meek.
As he approached the plate this trip, some fans began to doubt.
He got into the box, his wood was his team’s final chance
The pitcher toed the rubber with his scowling menace glance.
The swing was no where even close, more fans felt their hearts sink.
The 0 and 1, no different, soon exploded in the mitt
The swing did not come closer than a half-a-mile of it.
Was his bat to betray him?
It had been his closest friend.
The home crowd had turned silent, some of them just turned away
They couldn’t bear to see the season ended in this way.
So while some eyes averted, strike three hurtled to the plate
The grimace of the swinger was profound, for he was late.
A cry went up in anguish from the bleachers all around
Yet that sign of resignation muffled out another sound
It may have been the heat and playing in the summer sun
It may have been a miracle,
That’s still what some folks say
The details of the story are debated e’en today
And the catcher’s mitt was rent in two like a worn out old flip-flop.
The final strikeout victim was already at first base.
There he called out to his teammate who was standing still, quite stunned
“Come on, I’ll take you home! Come on, now with me run!”
With the catcher halfway to the ball, they were heading for base three.
When the Third Base runner realized that he was not alone.
So the four Dukes, they sped quickly, “To the plate! On to the plate!”
They churned their legs and hoped that they would not get home too late.
And stood back up and cheered and felt their hope come back again.
The pitcher? Shocked beyond belief, simply put, he wasn’t there.
He seemed stuck on the pitcher’s mound, anchored by some heavy weight.
And he only fell down on his knees as the fourth man crossed the plate.
Then the Gold Sombrero wearer was raised up by all his team
The scoreboard told the story, brightly shining, all could see
From the clutches of defeat, the Dukes had claimed a win 4-3.
The strikeout was discussed at length throughout the varied land
Recounting where they’d been
When the four men hurried to the plate
Securing the great win
To have a season end that way, is just a travesty.”
The fans behind the losers were outraged, appalled, and more
A few signed a petition to protest the final score
And some folks thought of baseball and the Dukes for the first time
Its work complete, no doubt
For it’s told of the day
The mighty strikeout king struck out.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
The club also announced that Felipe Paulino and his upper arm problems have been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Mid-April is the earliest he might return.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
John Pacella, RHP. Pacella spent 2004-07 at Kent State. He played for River City in the independent Frontier League last summer posting a 7.36 ERA in 14 2/3 innings. There was a John Pacella who pitched for the Mets in the 70s and 80s. I have found no proof of a relationship, but it seems likely.
Reese Creswell, C. The 22 year-old has spent three years in the minors with the Phillies and Rangers organizations. He has never been above High A, playing 70 games and posting a .200 average.
Jared Pitts, OF. The Astros drafted Pitts out of Stephen F. Austin University in Texas last summer(28th Round). He batted .181 in 46 games with Tri-City and Greeneville in 2007.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
A few other minor leaguers of note in big league games Saturday:
Chris Johnson had a hit and an RBI vs. Atlanta and also impressed the announcers with his aggressiveness at third base.
Edwin Maysonet was 2 for 5 with a double and 3 RBI in his start against the Braves.
A number of AAA and AA middle infielders played in addition to Maysonet: Jonny Ash started, Osvaldo Fernando, Drew Sutton, and Jessie Garcia also saw time in the lineup.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Just for the record since this blog has looked like a Team Canada baseball propaganda puppet the last few days, I am not Canadian, born and raised in Houston, actually. However, the combination of two players with current Astros' connections(Van Ostrand and Clapp) and one former Astros regular(Puhl was my mom's favourite player, and I liked him a lot too) on Team Canada compelled me to include the Olympic qualifying information, eh. I probably won't mention Canadian baseball again until the Olympics, unless the Astros draft a Canadian in June.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Righthander Felipe Paulino, a candidate for the Astros' starting rotation, flew back to Houston on Monday due to discomfort in his upper right arm. He will be evaluated today by team physician Dr. David Lintner.
"Any time you hear one of your starting pitching candidates has an arm issue, you are concerned enough to fly him back to Houston," general manager Ed Wade said.
In his last outing Saturday, Paulino allowed five runs in three innings against Washington.
Paulino told athletic trainer Dave Labossiere he has been experiencing discomfort in his arm for some time, Wade said.
"I wish he would have spoken up a little sooner," Wade said. "But we'll go ahead and get it addressed and hopefully have it be something minor."
Monday, March 10, 2008
The club reassingned the following three players to minor-league camp:
Lance Niekro, IF. 2/21(.095 BA) this spring
Tommy Manzella, SS. 6/19(.316)
Josh Muecke, LHP. 2 appearances/15.43 ERA
The following four, who are on the 40 man roster, were optioned to Round Rock:
Yordany Ramirez, OF. 1/15(.067)
Chad Reineke, RHP. 2 games, 1 IP, 27.00 ERA
Fernando Nieve, RHP. Came to camp ready to start pitching after T.J. surgery; however, he has aggravated his hamstring.
Paul Estrada, RHP. No appearances.
Two more, also on the 40 man roster, were optioned to Corpus Christ:
Sammy Gervacio, RHP. 4 games, 3 1/3 scoreless IP
Brad James, RHP. 2 games, 2 scoreless IP
Friday, March 7, 2008
April 19- Jonny Ash Figurines vs. Frisco(Rangers)
May 3- Craig Biggio Figurines vs. San Antonio(Mariners)
May 4- Kids' gloves and post-game catch vs. San Antonio(Mariners)
June 28- J.R. Towles Figurines vs. Tulsa(Rockies)
June 29- Hooks Team Card set vs. Northern Arkansas(Royals)
July 10- 1958 Chevy Die-Cast cars vs. Frisco(Rangers)
July 12- 1958 CC Giants Caps vs. Frisco(Rangers)
July 13- 1958 CC Giants Championship Pennants vs. Frisco(Rangers)
August 20- Hunter Pence Figurines vs. Midland(Athletics)
August 24- Shirt off the Back Night vs. San Antonio(Mariners)
Another note on the qualifying tournament... Lexington's batting coach, Stubby Clapp is Van Ostrand's teammate on the Canadian team. Clapp, a former major league infielder, spent 2007 as Greeneville's batting coach, and will serve in the same capacity this season for Lexington.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Workouts with the full minor league rosters start this weekend. Spring Training games begin next Friday(3/14) against the Indians' organization in Winter Haven(AA & AAA) and Kissimmee(High & Low A).
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
April 19- Nolan Ryan Statue as a Met vs. Memphis(Cardinals)
April 21- Bagwell/Biggio Bobblehead vs. Mephis(Cardinals)
May 24- Nolan Ryan Statue as an Angel vs. Omaha(Royals)
June 15- Kids Gloves and Father's Day Catch vs. Memphis(Cardinals)
June 18- Nolan Ryan Statue as an Astros vs. Omaha(Royals)
July 12- Nolan Ryan Bobblehead vs. Oklahoma(Rangers)
July 22- Express Mr. Potato Head vs. Fresno(Giants)
July 23- Nolan Ryan Statue as a Ranger vs. Fresno(Giants)
August 9- Hunter Pence Bobblehead vs. Iowa(Cubs)
August 30- Shirt-off our Back vs. Albuquerque(Marlins)
Monday, March 3, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Today's guys in the high numbered jerseys:
Drew Sutton, IF(.269 at Corpus in 2007)... 1 for 1 with 1 RBI
Danny Klassen, IF(.293 at Round Rock)... 0 for 1
Eli Iorg, OF(.296 at Salem) no at bats, played defense in the outfield
Edwin Maysonet(.271 at Corpus) 1 for 1, 1 double, 1 RBI