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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Nine out of Ten is NOT TOO BAD!

I got a question today from someone wondering how reliable my source is that is telling about minor league cuts from Florida. Baseball America reported ten cuts today and my source had given me nine of them during the week. NOT TOO SHABBY!

A recap:

Sean Barksdale, OF
Craig Corrado, IF
Michael Diaz, IF
Casey Hudspeth, RHP
Spencer Hylander, LHP
Antonio Noguera, LHP
Ben Paxton, P
Jordan Powell, RHP
Kirkland Rivers, LHP
Gabe Suarez, IF (This one was new to Farmstros)


In addition the same source has informed that Chris Jackson, IF and Reinaldo Pestana, C have been released from the organization.

I will be passing some tentative roster information tomorrow.

Meet the Mavericks

Lancaster is playing the High Desert Mavericks on Monday, April 19 at 9 p.m. The club is an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.

Here are five Mavericks to keep an ear on while you LISTEN LIVE WITH LASKY:

Nate Tenbrink, 3B. Tenbrink is hitting .419 with six RBI for the Mavericks this season. He spent 2009 with Clinton (Low A).

Kyle Seager, 3B. Seager is rated #30 in the Mariners' system by Baseball America. He is batting .350 with three RBI this season. He spent last season with Clinton.

Denny Almonte, OF. Almonte leads High Desert with 10 RBI this season. He spent last season with Clinton.

Rich Poythress, 1B. Poythress is the Mariners' #28 prospect. He has a team-leading 10 RBI. He was a second round pick out of Georgia last summer.

Steven Richard, RHP. Richard has made five appearances so far this season, recording two saves for High Desert. He recorded 13 saves for High Desert in 2009.

Does Anyone out There Skype?

For the upcoming season, I am hoping to include some interviews with players (Perhaps players of the month), if I can swing it with media relations people. I am trying to figure out if I can do this inexpensively with SKYPE.

1) Do any of you know if I can record a SKYPE call either through SKYPE itself or through some other software like Audacity and then use that recording on a blog?

2) Would anyone who uses SKYPE be willing to have a few experimental phone calls with me to help me figure this out?

3) Any other ideas about how I could add audio content to Farmstros would be appreciated.

Thanks
Please email me at farmstros@yahoo.com

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Two More Reportedly Cut

Unconfirmed reports indicate that right-handed pitchers Scott Migl and Jack Tilghman have been released.

Org. Preview and Top 10 Prospects from MLB.com

MLB.com has posted an organizational preview for Houston and a look at their 10 Propsects to Watch

Nine Sent to the Minors

Nine players were sent to minor league camp Tuesday morning in Kissimmee.

Optioned to Round Rock
Wilton Lopez, RHP
Edwin Maysonet, IF

Reassigned to minor league camp
Kevin Cash, C
Jason Castro, C
Gustavo Chacin, LHP
Casey Daigle, RHP
Gary Majewski, RHP
Drew Meyer, IF
Chris Shelton, IF

In addition to these cuts, my source informs me that numerous minor league cuts took place Monday night. The only one confirmed is Michael Hacker, LHP who was drafted in 2008.

Who Will be the Farmstros Pitcher of the Year?

Be sure to cast your vote on the Farmstros Pitcher of the Year? Polls close Tuesday, April 6.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Jio Mier Named Farmstros Pre-Season Player of the Year

Over 100 votes are in, and you have voted 2009 first round pick shortstop Jio Mier the Farmstros pre-season player of the year. Mier received 20 votes. Jason Castro, 14 and J.D. Martinez, 12 were second and third in the voting. 25 votes were cast for "other" candidates. Thanks to all who voted. The pitchers poll is going up Tuesday.

Hooks Profile Three More

Drew Meyer, IF, Matt Nevarez, RHP and Mark Ori, 1B are profiled on the Hooks website.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Farmstros Seeks Song Ideas

If you have any song ideas for a FARMSTROS SONG, feel free to let me know.

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Legend of Jordan Lyles

Two More Cuts Reported

My source in Florida informs me that two more right-handed pitchers have been let go.

Casey Hudspeth was taken in the 2006 draft. Jordan Powell was selected in the 2007 draft.

Justice: Astros Go Global

According to Richard Justice at the Houston Chronicle, Houston's attempt to rebuild the farm system is taking them all around the world. His article mentions the club's signing of 16 foreign-born players for $3 million in 2009. Two of these players (in bold below) pitched for the DSL Astros in 2009. I assume the remainder of them will be with the Astros Dominican League entry or the Gulf Coast League affiliate this summer.

Yoiner Angulo, 17, OF, Colombia
Johan Arias, 17, RHP, DR
Andres Feliz, 18, LHP, DR
Jose Fernandez, 16, SS, DR
Edgar Ferreira, 17, LHP, DR
Enderson Franco, 16, RHP, Venezuela
Reymin Guduan, 17, LHP, DR
Ydarqui Martel, 16, OF, DR
Alexander Martinez, 16, RHP, Nicaragua
Luca Martone, 16, 2B, Italy
Yonathan Mejia, 16, 2B, DR
Chan Jong Moon, 18, 3B, South Korea
Luis Ordosgoitti, 17, RHP, Venezuela
Kilby Pena, 16, LHP, DR
Yeudy Perdomo, 17, LHP, DR
Felix Ramirez, 18, RHP, DR

Wright optioned to Round Rock, where He will Start

Left-hander Wesley Wright was among three players sent to Houston's minor league camp Friday morning. Wright who spent the last two seasons in the Astros' bullpen after being a Rule 5 draft selection, will join Round Rock's rotation this season as he continues his transition from reliever to starter. Two non-roster invitees, Shane Loux, RHP and Oswaldo Navarro, IF were also reassigned to minor league camp.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Seven Reportedly Cut

An unconfirmed report from Florida indicates that seven players have been cut from minor league camp:

Sean Barksdale, OF
Craig Corrado, IF
Michael Diaz, IF
Spencer Hylander, LHP
Antonio Noguera, LHP
Ben Paxton, P
Kirkland Rivers, LHP

Team Capsules are updated

Team Capsules for each of Houston's top four affiliates have been updated. Check these out for links to the team's sites, the top prospects likely to be in each city and key promotion dates at the ballparks.

NOTE: Team rosters will be posted as soon as I get information from reliable sources.

31 Farmstros on the Big League Stage

Thanks to David Coleman over at the Crawfish Boxes for the following information.

31 Farmstros have appeared in Houston's major league games so far this spring:

Evan Englebrook, Jose Valdez, Fernando Abad, Josh Banks, Henry Villar, Chia-jen Lo, Marco Cabral, Brandon Barnes, Matt Kata, Michael Garciaparra, Mark Ori, Jimmy Van Ostrand, Patrick Urkfitz, David Cook, Daniel Meszaros.

Fernando Abad, LHP
Josh Banks, RHP
Brandon Barnes, OF
Brian Bogusevic, OF
Marcos Cabral, IF
Kevin Cash, C
Jason Castro, C
Koby Clemens, 1B
David Cook, OF
Evan Englebrook, RHP
Brian Esposito, C
Michael Garciaparra, IF
Chris Johnson, 3B
Matt Kata, IF
Chia-jen Lo, RHP
Drew Locke, OF
Tommy Manzella, SS
Edwin Maysonet, IF/OF/C
Daniel Meszaros, RHP
Drew Meyer, IF
Mark Ori, 1B
Alex Romero, OF (Romero has been released)
Lou Santangelo, C
Jack Shuck, OF
T.J. Steele, OF
Wladimir Sutil, IF
Polin Trinidad, LHP
Pat Urckfitz, LHP
Jose Valdez, RHP
Jimmy Van Ostrand, 1B/OF
Henry Villar, RHP

Catcher Jonathon Fixler has traveled with the big league club at least twice, but has yet to get in a game.

Players in bold are on the 40-man roster.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Legend of Jordan Lyles coming Friday

I am putting the finishing touches on a new Farmstros Song, The Legend of Jordan Lyles. It will be posted here sometime Friday morning, so you can listen to it all weekend.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Let's Try This Again. My Apologies to Those who Already voted...

It sure seemed like a lot of people were voting for "other" until I realized that I left Jio Mier off of the poll. Okay, it was actually pointed out by a commenter. Thanks for the catch. Let's start the poll with Mier included as well as J.D. Martinez.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Vote on Farmstros Position Player of the Year

Who will be the top position player in the Houston farm system in 2010? Make your opinion heard. Vote in the poll through next Monday. Also, watch for a poll on pitchers next week. Please add your comments as well.

A few More Hooks Profiled

The Hooks' website continues profiling potential members of the 2010 squad with Jose Lopez, Jordan Lyles, and Dan Meszaros.

Farmstros Song: So Long, Mark Saccomanno



Two of the most notable departures from the Astros' minor league system during the off-season were Josh Muecke (signed with Colorado) and Mark Saccomanno (signed with Florida). The two players were drafted in 2003 and had spent the past two years in Round Rock. The song is for them on their departure.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Chat with Levine from Florida Monday

No, I am not the president of the Zach Levine fan club. Yes, Levine is hosting a chat from Kissimmee at 11:30 a.m. Houston time Monday.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Levine on Clemens

Zach Levine at Chron.com writes up an interview with Koby Clemens about his switch to First Base.

Whither Tim Raines, Jr.? #1000

The first post of this blog went up over 2.5 years ago. For post #1000 here's a quick look at what Raines has done since helping us open up our doors in September 2007. While Farmstros has been following the Astros of the Future, Tim Raines, Jr. has been a Diamondback of the Future in Tucson, an independent player in Newark, and a Royal of the Future in Omaha.

Farmstros Games start on First Day of Spring

The Astros start minor league games today. The AA and AAA squads will be in Lakeland to face the Tigers' farmhands. The A squads will host the young Tigers. Games are at noon Florida time.

Friday, March 19, 2010

What would you like from Farmstros?

With the minor league season less than three weeks away, I am making final preparations for the campaign. During the 2010 season, what would you like to find on Farmstros? Please comment on any information, links, features, other that you would like to see.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Check out Spring Training Video on Facebook

I just posted links to Spring Training video on Farmstros' Facebook Page. The links are from the Express and Hooks websites. The Hooks' pitchers preview includes a lengthy interview with Jordan Lyles.

Two 2008 Draft Picks Released

According to Baseball America, two of Houston's 2008 draft picks have been released. Neither of the players released, Jarred Holloway, LHP (Disabled List) nor Jacob Priday, IF (Inactive List) took the field in 2009.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Twelve Cut from Big League Camp- The Follow Up

Here's where the twelve players sent packing from big league camp Wednesday morning are heading...

Assigned to Round Rock
Brian Bogusevic, OF
Evan Englebrook, RHP
Yordany Ramirez, OF
Wladimir Sutil, IF
Polin Trinidad, LHP
Jose Valdez, RHP

Assigned to Corpus Christi
Fernando Abad, LHP

Assigned to Lancaster
Matt Nevarez, RHP
Henry Villar, RHP

Reassigned to Minor League Camp
Chia-jen Lo, RHP
Lou Santangelo, C

Released
Alex Romero, OF

NOTE: These moves leave 44 players in big league camp.

Twelve Cut from Big League Camp

Houston made their first cuts of the spring, sending 12 players from big league camp to the minor league complex Wednesday morning. The players in bold are 40-man roster members, the rest were non-roster invites:

Fernando Abad, LHP
Brian Bogusevic, OF
Evan Englebrook, RHP
Chia-jen Lo, RHP
Matt Nevarez, RHP
Yordany Ramirez, OF
Alex Romero, OF
Lou Santangelo, C
Wladimir Sutil, IF
Polin Trinidad, LHP
Jose Valdez, RHP
Henry Villar, RHP

Information about these players' assignments is expected Wednesday afternoon.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hallberg, Hicks, and Lo

The Hooks' website is profiling three more Farmstros: Bryan Hallberg, Chris Hicks, and Chia-jen Lo. Unfortunately, Hallberg has been released.

High School Showdown Moved to Wednesday

The pitching showdown in The Woodlands has been postponed until Wednesday night.

Vallejo Outrighted to Round Rock

Infielder Jose Vallejo has been outrigthed to Round Rock and removed from the Astros' 40-man roster after clearing waivers. Vallejo is likely to miss the entire 2010 season after severing tendons in two fingers on his right hand in a cooking accident.

Fixler with Big League Club this Afternoon

Farmstros Spring Training Correspondent Jonathon Fixler is scheduled to be with the big league club today when they take on Boston in Kissimmee. Game time is 12:05 Houston time.

Monday, March 15, 2010

A Pitcher's Duel in The Woodlands Tuesday

Two of the top high school pitchers in the nation are scheduled to face off Tuesday night in The Woodlands, Texas. Jameson Taillon, RHP of The Woodlands High School (#1) and John Simms, RHP of The Woodlands College Park High School (#40) are ranked in the top 40 among prep baseball players in the nation by Baseball America. Heading into play over the weekend, both coaches were planning to start their aces on Tuesday.

The game is expected to draw a standing room only crowd when it starts at 7:00 p.m. My contact at TWHS indicated that tickets are in the $3-$5 range. The Woodlands High School is the home team. You can find a map to the field here.

In case college baseball is your thing, Rice wraps up its star-studded home stand on Tuesday night as well. The Owls face Texas at Reckling Park at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Fixler Files- Post #2

March 13, 2010 11:09 P.M. from Kissimee, Florida

The other day I received a phone call from my Mom exuberantly telling me how much she LOVED reading my first post and how great it was! She also told me in kindergarden that my macaroni drawings were the best, and realistically we both knew that was untrue. Joanna McConnell made the best drawings and everyone knew that! Therefore, I can not take her review of my work seriously any longer. However, I was the best at color-by-numbers and that is a fact. On a more serious note I hope you all enjoyed my first entry and will approve of this one as well.
Well, we are over a week into things here in Kissimmee at spring training 2010 and everything is going great. Today marked the last day of live bullpen sessions where the hitters face the live pitchers. This is a prime opportunity for the guys at the plate to get readjusted to the speed of the game along with the pitcher to see a hitter in the box. Being a catcher, I have not had the chance to take any swings off the pitchers because we are needed constantly in the bullpen and on the field. For instance, today each catcher caught somewhere in the range of 9-12 bullpens. Each session is ten minutes long, so you do the math (12 bullpens X 10 minutes = extremely sore legs and a soak in the cold tub).
By and large, I have been exceedingly impressed with a lot of the guys I have caught. As I am making an attempt to recall guys I have caught I am realizing that it has all felt like one big blur behind the plate in the pen. In spite of the fact, I know you want to hear how guys look so I will do my best to appease you. This afternoon, one of the pens I caught was for Tyler Lumsden. He appears to be at full strength (last years suffering from some arm soreness) and with his clean bill of health he is throwing with greater velocity, had great control over his off speed pitches, and seems to be right on track for the season. The first day of live batting practice I was extremely impressed with Chris Salamida. In the past year Sal has changed his arm slot to throw from underneath, and it is apparent he has grown more comfortable, having become more precise with the location of his fastball and increased the depth on his slider. I have caught Jordan Powell and Sergio Perez twice each. While having similar pitching styles with aggressive approaches on the mound, these two guys should both be expecting to have tremendous years. Jordan is throwing with increased velocity this year, while Sergio seems to have taken to the motto of less is more on the mound and looks smooth and easy in his delivery. This has allowed for him to be able to command his pitches better and really stay behind that quality slider of his. Other guys I have caught and seen considerable things from include David Duncan, Ross Seaton, Wander Alvino, Kyle Greenwalt, Shane Wolf, Jeremy Johnson, and T.J. Burton... Read the entire post #2 in Google Docs

Read the entire collection of THE FIXLER FILES

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Locke Goes Yard

Numerous Farmstros were on the field during Saturday's split squad games. Most notable was outfielder Drew Locke who hit a two-run home run against St. Louis.

The Fixler Files Post #2 ETA

I received word from Jonathon Fixler that he will be writing a post sometime today. I work overnight tonight (I can never remember being awake during the time change so this should be fun!), so if I get THE FIXLER FILES post #2 before I go to work, I'll do my best to get it up tonight. Otherwise, I'll get it up on Sunday before or after I go watch the Rice Owls play California.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Hooks-Express take the Court(?) in April

After the Hooks and Express wrap up their two-game exhibition series on the field Wednesday, April 7, the two teams' staffs will tip it off on the court for charity. The teams'staffs and friends will play at the CHASCO Family YMCA in Round Rock at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7. Admission to the game is $5 and proceeds will benefit the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A few more Potential Hooks

The newly re-designed Corpus Christi Hooks' website has an article about Jon Gaston, Jhon Florentino and Kyle Greenwalt.

Priday is Back

Jacob Priday has apparently decided to return to baseball. Priday was selected by the Astros in the 2008 draft and spent that summer as a DH/1B in Tri-City and Lexington. He spent last season on the inactive list, and the Astros said he had retired. Now, according to Baseball America, he has been reinstated for the 2010 season.

The Levine Files(?)

Thanks to Astros County who caught up with Zach Levine a bit earlier than me this morning.

The Unofficial Scorer has two new articles in The Chronicle:

Tuesday, Who is going to leave the Farmstro-life behind and become a fifth OF at Minute Maid Park?


Today, First, SugarLand, now another Houston-area minor league park in Montgomery County.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Fixler Files Post #1

The latest from Farmstro Spring Training Correspondent, Jonathon Fixler:

March 9, 2010 10:12 P.M. from Kissimmee, Florida

I know there has been a lot of talk about The Fixler Files, the buzz is spreading far past camp. I actually heard they did a piece on ESPN2 in regards to this blog. A lot of the guys in the locker room have been giving me a rough time concerning The Fixler Files, and with the anticipation at an all time high now seems like the ideal time to post my first entry. Let me first begin by saying thanks to Mike for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts and ideas with you the reader. In my mind the goal of the blog is to give you an inside look to the life of a minor league baseball player. With life on the field, in the locker room, and at the hotel, spring training is a compelling, overwhelming, and significant month in our lives.
The anticipation upon arrival to camp this year has been growing all off-season. Being from Chicago, and not having seen a ball travel farther than thirty feet into a net, I was undoubtedly excited to get back on the field. I spent the off-season training at EFT Sports Performance. The guys there do an extraordinary job training athletes from professional teams such as the Chicago Bearsand Bulls, but also have enough time for a lone minor leaguer. I catch and throw at Slammers in Lake Forest, IL. Todd Fine and the rest of the people there are not only good friends but also have a tremendous business and exceptional facilities. After that I would meet up with Mark Ori, a Corpus Christi Hooks first basemen, to get some swings in. (Side note, more than one time Mark showed up to hit in black dress socks.) Anyways with spring training approaching, working out inside was becoming exponentially difficult. As I would be driving through a foot of snow to hit in a freezing cage I would be on the phone with Craig Corrado telling me how he was hitting every day on the field with a handful of big name Major League players at the University of Tampa. Ori is a good guy and a great friend but he and I both know I would rather hit with B.J. Upton and Ryan Howard than some kid from Northwestern.
As spring training approaches every single player can't help playing GM in their minds. Where am I going this year? How are the cards going to fall? What do the managers think of me? And although nobody knows the answers everyone still drives themselves insane. I try to not do this but when you are laying in bed at night there is only one thing on your mind and that is thinking about the upcoming season. Truth be told though, things have a way of taking care of themselves. If I go out to practice every day, prepare well, work hard, and compete, I am going to put myself in the best position possible when camp breaks in April. I could speculate with what the Astros want me to do or the type of player they think I am but that would be merely a hypothesis. The best policy is to play as though every day is your last and truly enjoy the game, after that its out of you hands.

Here are a few clips about the guys you might like (without getting too personal):

Phil Disher will now be referred to only as Bronco
VO had the honor of carrying the torch through his home town in Canada for the 2010 winter games
Brian Esposito is not Mike "the situation" from the Jersey Shore
Jordan Powell watches "The Bachelor" while eating pudding and bananas that his wife prepares for him
Drew Locke not only is the batting champion from the Texas League but is also the president of the "One Tree Hill" fan club
Colin DeLome doubles as the Crocodile Hunter in the off season an now owns a Zonkey, although I still don't quite follow what that is or does
Brian Pellegrini could crush me into a paste so I am going to leave him alone. I hope he has a great season, and I remain on his good side
Drew Meyer logged more hours of "Call of Duty" this off-season than I did hours slept


In the next few days I will post another entry giving you my input on guys I have caught, how hitters look, a more on the field behind the scenes look into Spring Training 2010.

Finally, this is the first blog I have ever written and if there is anything I didn't write about or you would want me to discuss than just let us know. Being a rookie at this I in no way consider myself an expert and this is for you guys not me. Thanks and hope you all enjoyed the first post.

Note from Farmstros: If you have a question for THE FIXLER FILES, please forward it to farmstros@yahoo.com

Lowdown on Lo

Brian McTaggart has an article on Chia-jen Lo up at Astros.com

Monday, March 8, 2010

Detroit Minor League Schedule Released

I found the minor league spring schedule for one of Detroit's affiliates, which means I have added six more dates to the Astros minor league spring schedule.

Video of Jason Castro

Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle has posted a video report on Jason Castro.

More Future Farmstros at Reckling Park in Next 10 Days

In case you missed the college talent that filled up Minute Maid Park over the weekend, more draft eligible collegiate talent will be taking the field in the next nine days at Rice University's Reckling Park. Including Rice Shortstop Rick Hague, who is rated #10 amongst draft eligible collegians by Baseball America, eight of the top 100 will be in Houston betweeen March 9 and 16.

Visit Rice's website for ticket information.

Tuesday, March 9 vs. Sam Houston State (6:30) (#46, Dallas Gallant, RHP)

Thursday, March 11 vs. California (6:30) (#49, Dixon Anderson, RHP, #98, Mark Canha, OF)
Friday, March 12 vs. California (6:30)
Saturday, March 12 vs. California (2:00)
Sunday, March 13 vs. California (1:00)

Tuesday, March 16 vs. Texas (6:30) (#16, Brandon Workman, RHP, #31, Cameron Rupp, C, #85, Cole Green, RHP, #93, Kevin Keyes, OF)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Farmstros on Facebook

Thanks to Larry who pointed out that former Farmstro Tip Fairchild has announced his retirement on Facebook. I went and looked at Fairchild's page and there are bevy of Farmstros in his friends list. It got me motivated to create a Facebook page for Farmstros just to get an idea of who is Following the Astros of the Future.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Coming Soon to the JetHawk Program...

Once again, I am producing a prospect guide for the Lancaster JetHawks' game program. I have sent the following product in for inclusion.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

JetHawks to Play April 6 Exhibition

The Lancaster JetHawks will play their fifth annual exhibition game against Antelope Valley College at Clear Channel in April. The seven-inning game is scheduled for 5 p.m. (California time) on Tuesday, April 6.

Clemens Shines in Intra-Squad Game

Koby Clemens homered and had four RBI in Wednesday's intra-squad game.

Manzella on Houston Radio

Astros shortstop Tommy Manzella was interviewed by Matt Thomas on Sports Talk 790 in Houston Tuesday afternoon. You can listen to the interview here. The interview takes place near the end of the "Spring Training Interviews" segment.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Fixler Heading to Florida

Jonathan Fixler is heading to Florida Wednesday. Stay tuned for the first installment of The Fixler Files coming soon from Farmstros' Spring Training Correspondent.

Muecke to be a Sky Sock in 2010

Long time Farmstro LHP Josh Muecke has signed a minor league deal with Colorado for the upcoming season. Muecke was drafted by Houston in the 5th Round of the 2003 draft. He spent the last two seasons as a starter in Round Rock where he pitched over 300 innings and notched 15 wins. Unlike Mark Saccomanno, who will visit Dell Diamond twice as a New Orleans Zephyr in 2010,
Muecke will not be playing in Round Rock. Assuming he plays for Colorado's Triple AAA team in Colorado Springs, Muecke will face his former team when the Express visit Colorado Springs May 15-18.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Intra-Squad Lineups for Wednesday

Alyson Footer at Astros.com has posted the line-ups for Wednesday's intra-squad game. The line-ups are full of Farmstros. Clark's Crushers, Meach's Mashers

Future Farmstros at MMP this Weekend?

This weekend, March 5-7, Minute Maid Park hosts its annual college baseball classic. According to Baseball America seven of the top 100 draft-eligible college players in the country will be aiming for the Crawford Boxes this weekend.

Texas
#16 (rated according to BA), RHP, Brandon Workman
#31, C, Cameron Rupp
#85, RHP, Cole Green
#93, OF, Kevin Keyes

Rice
#10, SS, Rick Hague

Texas Tech
#14, RHP, Chad Bettis (Bettis was drafted and unsigned by Houston in 2007.)

Missouri
#40, RHP, Nick Tepesch


In the nine-year history of the Minute Maid Park Classic, three participants have gone on to play for the Houston Astros:
Phillip Barzilla, LHP, Rice (2001)
Michael Bourn, CF, Houston (2001-03)
Mark Saccomanno, 1B, Baylor (2003)

Thanks to Stephen Grande in the Astros Media Relations Department for his help with this piece of trivia.