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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

2010 Farmstros Five- Week 12

Even with this week ending a day early (for my vacation), the Astros eight farm teams had 45 games over a six day period. Greeneville led the way going 5-1 (6-2, over-all) in their first full week. Round Rock, 2-4 (35-45); Corpus Christi, 0-5 (0-6, second half); Lancaster, 2-4 (2-4, second half); Lexington, 3-3 (3-3, second half0: Tri-City, 2-4 (4-8); GCL Astros, 2-3 (3-4); DSL Astros, 2-3 (8-16)

The Farmstros Five for the "week" of June 24-29, 2010:

Angel Gonzalez, LHP, 21, Greeneville. In his second start of the season, Gonzalez pitched six hitless innings. He struck out four before being removed for pitch count reasons. You can read more about his outing here.

The Other Four:

Marcus Nidiffer, 1B, 23, Greeneville. Nidiffer was 9 for 20 with three doubles, two home runs and five RBI.

Dieudone Paul, 22, LHP, GCL Astros. Paul pitched eight scoreless innings over two relief appearances. He allowed six hits and struck out nine.

J.D. Martinez, 22, OF, Lexington. Martinez keeps swinging and connecting for the Legends. For the week, he was 8 for 23 with two doubles, three home runs (in three consecutive games) and seven RBI.

Zach Grimmett, 20, RHP, Lexington. In two outings, Grimmett allowed six hits and no runs over 6 2/3 IP. He struck out six.

NOTE: I am taking a brief hiatus over the 4th of July weekend. StreetJL/Oregon 'Stros Fan has agreed to handle Farmstros Five duties for June 30-July 7. THE QUEST FOR 3000 SYLLABLES will resume on July 5.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Levine on Hinze

Chron.com has posted a story on Kody Hinze who was part of the paper's All-Houston high school team in 2005 and is now playing for Lexington.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Minor League Recaps

Speaking of increased interest in the minor leagues, SUBBER10 who is becoming a household name at The Crawfish Boxes, has started posting a daily recap of the Astros' farm system at that site. I have seen a few people doing daily recaps and thought that since Farmstros is a place to Follow the Astros of the Future, I should do it too. Since the Astros were brave enough to throw caution to the wind and call up Jason Castro, I will do the same and link to SUBER10's daily recap. He is planning to give a summary of the previous day's games six days a week. (Sunday's recap will include Friday's and Saturday's games as well as a look at the week's top players) NOTE: I will also be including a link to thes recaps in the Farmstros' Favorites section.

A Trip to Whataburger Field

One great thing about the Astros current lackluster stretch is that more fans of the club are looking to the Future, and some of those fans are doing a good job of talking about what they are seeing. For example, David Coleman at THE CRAWFISH BOXES has just posted a story about his recent trip to Whataburger Field. I have been to Corpus Christi each of the last two seasons, so reading about someone else's trip and their thoughts about the Hooks brought back some good memories. Thanks, David.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Tweet on THE QUEST Disallowed

For those of you following THE QUEST FOR 3000 SYLLABLES the May 30 tweet concerning a sleepover at Lancaster's Stadium has been ruled invalid. Jeff Lasky the JetHawks announcer informed me that the Stadium is never called Clear Channel Field as I referred to it in that tweet. So, after further review (Are you listening FIFA WORLD CUP?) those 17 syllables are disallowed.

A reminder that you can follow THE QUEST FOR 3000 SYLLABLES, my attempt to tweet 177 haiku (3009 syllables) about the Astros farm system, here.

Also, THE QUEST is slated to pass the 2000 mark on Saturday, July 24 at Round Rock's Dell Diamond. While the Express plays Iowa, I will tweet a haiku an inning.

Levine on Mier

Zach Levine at Chron.com has posted an article on Jio Mier.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Moves in Round Rock

The dust is starting to settle from this week's moves.

The Express have added two free agent infielders:
Luis Maza, most recently with the Phillies organization
Ramon Vazquez, most recently with the Mariners organization

Evan Englebrook, RHP has been sent down to Corpus Christi

Lee Cruz, OF and Brandon Wikoff, IF have returned to Lancaster for the JetHawks second half. No word on John Curtis, C going back to California. I assume he is staying in RR as insurance until Kevin Cash reports for duty at Dell Diamond.

2010 Farmstros Five- Week 11

This week marks the midway point of the season. Several teams finished the first half of their season and three short season affiliates began play.

Round Rock (33-41, over-all) and Corpus Christi, 36-34, end of 1st half; 0-1 in 2nd half) finished the week 4-3. Rain limited the DSL Astros (6-13, over-all) to two games on the week. They lost both. Lancaster went 1-2 to end the 1st Half 23-47. Lexington finished their 1st half 35-35 after going 1-3. In the first week of short season games: Tri-City, 2-4; Greeneville, 1-1; GCL Astros, 1-1.

The Farmstros Five for the week of June 17-23, 2010

The Top Performer:

Doug Arguello, 25, LHP, Corpus Christi. Arguello did not allow an earned run in two starts. He pitched 12 innings and struck out eight, allowing nine hits and lowering his ERA to 2.39.

The Other Four:

Drew Locke, 27, OF, Round Rock. Locke was 12 for 28 with three doubles, one triple, two home runs (in one game), and seven RBI.

German Duran, 25, IF, Corpus Christi. Duran went 12 for 23 with two doubles, one home run and five RBI. He also scored five runs.

Lee Cruz, 27, OF, Lancaster/Round Rock. Cruz split the week between Lancaster and Round Rock. He had a double in one at bat for the Express. Over-all on the week, he was 8 for 13 with two doubles a grand slam and six RBI.

David Martinez, 22, RHP, Tri-City. Martinez made two scoreless relief appearances for the Valley Cats. He allowed two hits and struck out six in six innings.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Abad is Back

Fernando Abad, LHP has returned from Corpus Christi's Disabled List to active duty.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lyles in the Futures Game

Jordan Lyles will be representing the Astros in this year's Futures Game. He will play for the USA team in the contest July 11 at Anaheim, which opens All-Star weekend. Jason Castro and Chia-jen Lo took part in last year's contest.

Speaking of All-Star performers, several Farmstros participated in all-star games tonight.

Jay Austin struck out in his only at bat in the California/Carolina All-Star Game. He was Lancaster's only representative at the game.

Four Lexington Legends played in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.

Jose Altuve was 0 for 3 with 1 RBI.
Kody Hinze was 1 for 5 with two strikeouts.
J.D. Martinez was 1 for 4 with three strikeouts.
Kirk Clark pitched a scoreless inning allowing no runs.

NOTE: Robert Donovan, pitched Sunday for Lexington and did not appear in tonight's game.

Draft Pick Solid at College World Series

While the TCU Horned Frogs fell to UCLA Monday night, and Astros draft pick made a strong appearance out of the bullpen keeping the contest close. TCU right-hander, Paul Gerrish pitched 3 2/3 innings in Omaha, allowing two hits and one unearned run. He threw 59 pitches and struck out five Bruins as TCU dropped into the losers' bracket of the double-elimination tournament.

Greeneville and GCL Astros get Started Today

Houston's final two affiliates start their seasons today. Thanks to Astros County who found this article on Greeneville starting their campaign. The Greeneville club starts at Burlington, the Royals affiliate. Houston's Gulf Coast League entry hosts Florida's team in Kissimmee.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Three JetHawks on All-Star Break Road Trip

Lancaster is on their all-star break until Thursday. Three JetHawks won't be getting a break, as they have been promoted to AAA, Round Rock. Lee Cruz, OF; Brandon Wikoff, IF; and John Curtis, C have been assigned to the Express. I assume this promotion is just a fill-in until the club finds out if Kevin Cash, Cory Sullivan and Casey Daigle are accepting assignments to Round Rock, after which more permanent moves may be necessary.

Los Links! Los Links!

I doubt that these links will help you win the heart of a gorgeous Latina, but they should help you follow the Astros of the Future:

Their season is less than a week old, but the crew that covers Tri-City has come out of the box strong. Most notable is their new blog which includes this video about the 2010 Valley Cats becoming a team.

Suber10 at The Crawfish Boxes has posted profiles on players who could be promoted soon on the Farm

Wladimir Sutil

Dallas Keuchel

Kody Hinze

Doug Arguello

Also, at The Crawfish Boxes, OremLK followed up his top 30 prospects with a projection of the Astros roster in the future.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Castro- The First Farmstro Graduate

I was driving home from the neighborhood YMCA after a swim with my kids when I heard the news that Jason Castro is on his way from Round Rock to Minute Maid Park. It struck me that since beginning this blog in September 2007, Castro is the first player to enter the Astros' organization and progress to the big leagues. With that in mind congratulations go to Jason Castro as the first Farmstro graduate!

When Will Castro be An Astro?



It appears the answer to this song's question is today, June 20.

Jason Bourgeois and Chris Johnson are coming up too.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mid-Season Prospect Update from Crawfish Boxes

OremLK who posts often about the minor league system at The Crawfish Boxes has posted a mid-season update of his take on the Astros' top 30 prospects.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Astros' Draft Pick at the College World Series

Astros 42nd Round Draft Pick, Paul Gerrish and his TCU teammates will take on Florida St. Saturday at 1 p.m. (Houston time) in Omaha, Nebraska. Gerrish is a right-handed pitcher in the TCU bullpen.

Mid-Season Changes at Farmstros

With the mid-season upon us, I am making a bit of a shift here at Farmstros. Due to time considerations, I am outsourcing the roster pages to MiLB.com. I will try to post any major transactions. For example, Wladimir Sutil has been called up to Round Rock from Corpus Christi. However, keeping the rosters and transactions up to date takes me beyond the 24 available hours in a day.

I will be keeping the organizational database current.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

2010 Farmstros Five- Week 10

Lexington was the only affiliate with a winning record in week 10. The Legends were 4-2 (34-32, over-all). Round Rock, 1-7 (29-38); Corpus Christi, 3-4 (32-32); Lancaster, 3-4 (21-45); DSL Astros, 4-4 (6-11)

NOTE: Three short season affiliates are starting play during week 11, so by this time next week all eight of Houston's teams will be in action.

The Farmstros Five for the week of June 10-16, 2010:

The Top Performer:

Jordan Lyles, 19, RHP, Corpus Christi. Lyles had two peculiar outings this week. His start was halted by a lenghty rain delay after four innings. His second appearance came in relief after a one inning rehab start by Chris Sampson. The abnormalities didn't affect Lyles performance, as the Texas League All-Star pitched 11 scoreless innings. He allowed nine hits and struck out 13.

The Other Four:

Shane Wolf, 23, LHP, Lancaster. Wolf pitched seven innings of scoreless, two-hit baseball in his only start. He recorded four strikeouts.

Leandro Alayon, 18, RHP, DSL Astros. Alayon allowed one hit in six scoreless innings. He struck out six batters.

Lee Cruz, 27, OF, Lancaster. Cruz, a new addition to the organization, celebrated his 27th birthday (June 13) in style this week. In his first full week as the JetHawks regular outfielder, hwe was 13 for 28 with three doubles, two home runs and eight RBI.

Jack Shuck, 22, OF, Corpus Christi. Speaking of birthdays, Shuck can add this Farmstros Five to his birthday present stash (He turns 23 tomorrow). In his final week as a 22-year old, Shuck was 14 for 29 with one double, three RBI and one stolen base for the Hooks.

Catching up with the Injured

Now that the short season rosters are out, I did a little research to find out where a few players who are recovering from injury are.

Ricardo Bonfante- Released
Erik Castro- Tri-City's Disabled List
Chris Hicks- Lancaster's Disabled List
Brad James- Corpus Christi's Disabled List
Brian Pellegrini- Lexington's Disabled List (Thanks to Steve who reminded me that Pellegrini had a hernia surgery earlier this season.)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Busy Week 11 on the Farm

Today marks the end of 10 weeks of the minor league season. Week 11 is full of activity for Houston's system.

Friday- Tri-City season opens
Saturday- Lancaster ends 1st Half
Sunday- Lexington ends 1st Half
THE QUEST FOR 3000 SYLLABLES passes 1500 syllable mark at about 6:30 p.m. during the Hooks game vs. Frisco. (Scheduled to be Jordan Lyles' next start)
Tuesday-California(Lancaster)/Carolina League All-Star Game from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
South Atlantic (Lexington) All-Star Game from Greenville, South Carolina
GCL Astros season opens
Greeneville season opens
Corpus Christi end 1st Half

Five Hooks are All-Stars

Five members of the Corpus Christi Hooks will be representing the team at the Texas League All-Star Game in Midland on June 30. First Baseman Koby Clemens was voted in as the South Division's starting first baseman. He will be joined at the game by teammates Doug Arguello, LHP; Jordan Lyles, RHP; Wladimir Sutil, IF; and Jack Shuck, OF.

MiLb.com has an article about Lyles' recent successes on the mound.

2010 GCL Astros Opening Roster

Zach Levine had this information first too. The Astros Gulf Coast League entry starts June 22.

Pitchers
Enmanuel Cedano (GCL Astros in 2009)
Jamaine Cotton (2010 Draft- 15th Round)
Danilo DelRio (DSL Astros in 2009)
Dayan Diaz (VSL Astros in 2008; Did not play in 2009)
Rafael Feliz (DSL Astros in 2009)
Pedro Gomez (VSL Astros in 2008; Did not play in 2009)
Mark Jones (GCL Astros in 2009)
Jeremiah Meiners (2010 Draft-40th Round)
Juan Mojica (DSL Astros in 2008; Did not play in 2009)
Luis Ordosgotti (Signed in 2009-Did not play)
Dieudone Paul (DSL Astros in 2009)
Kilby Pena (Signed in 2009-Did not play)
Jose Perdomo (DSL Astros in 2009)
Francis Ramirez (DSL Astros in 2009)
Raul Rivera (GCL Astros in 2009)
Matison Smith (Undrafted Free Agent-2010)

Catchers
Ernesto Genoves (GCL Astros in 2009)
Alfredo Gonzalez (DSL Astros in 2009)
Wilder Parra (GCL Astros/Lexington in 2009)

Infielders
Jose Fernandez (Signed in 2009- Did not play)
Joshua Magee (2010 Draft-18th Round)
Luca Martone (Signed in 2009- Did not play)
Chan Moon (Signed in 2009- Did not play)
Kyle Redinger (2010 Draft- 11th Round)
Ronald Sanchez (GCL Astros in 2009)

Outfielders
Jose Monzon (DSL Astros in 2009)
Jordan Scott (2010 Draft-14th Round)
Geber Suniaga (GCL Astros in 2009)
Jose Vargas (GCL Astros in 2009)
Garen Wright (GCL Astros in 2009)

2010 Greeneville Astros Opening Roster

Thanks to Zach Levine for posting the roster. Greeneville starts playing June 22.

Pitchers
Ruben Alaniz (2009, Undrafted Free Agent)
Ricardo Batista (GCL Astros in 2009)
Garrett Bullock (GCL Astros/Greeneville in 2009)
Ryan Cole (2010 Draft-34th Round)
John Frawley (GCL Astros in 2009)
Angel Gonzalez (Greeneville in 2009)
B.J. Hagen (Traverse City(Indy.) in 2009)
Justin Harper (Tri-City in 2009)
B.J. Hyatt-Disabled List (Greeneville in 2009)
Andrea Lucati (GCL Astros in 2009)
Juri Perez- Disabled List (Greeneville in 2009)
Euris Quezada (GCL Astros in 2009)
Philip Rorabaugh (GCL Astros in 2009)
Travis Smink (Greeneville in 2009)
Brian Streilein (2010 Draft-37th Round)

Catchers
Luis Alvarez (Greeneville in 2009)
Chris Wallace (2010 Draft-16th Round)
David Williams (Greeneville in 2009)

Infielders
Pedro Feliz (GCL Astros in 2009)
Ricardo Garcia (GCL Astros in 2009)
Enrique Hernandez (GCL Astros in 2009)
Jhonny Medrano (Tri-City in 2009)
Jonathon Merritt (Undrafted Free Agent 2010)
Marcus Nidiffer (Undrafted Free Agent 2010)
Hector Rodriguez (DSL Astros in 2009)

Outfielders
Ricardo Heredia (DSL Astros in 2009)
Ryan Humphrey (Greeneville in 2009)
Emilio King (GCL Astros in 2009)
Bryce Lane (2010 Draft-41st Round)
Telvin Nash (GCL Astros in 2010)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

2010 Valley Cats Roster

Pitchers
Joan Belliard (Greeneville in 2009)
Travis Blankenship (2010 Draft- 31st Round)
Chris Blazek (Blazek has been as high as AA Corpus Christi. He is recovering from injury)
Jake Buchanan (2010 Draft-8th Round)
Jeiler Castillo (Greeneville in 2009)
Adam Champion (2010 Draft-24th Round)
Jorge DeLeon (DeLeon was an infielder for Tri-City and Lexington in 2009)
Bobby Doran (2010 Draft-4th Round)
Murillo Gouvea (Bristol/Kannapolis/Greeneville in 2009. Gouvea was brought into the organization via a trade with the White Sox in 2009. He was resigned as a free agent in the off-season)
David Martinez (Greeneville in 2009)
Michael Ness (2010 Draft-33rd Round)
Carlos Quevedo (Greeneville in 2009)
James Robinson (2010 Draft- 12th Round)
Thomas Shirley (2010 Draft- 9th Round)
Alexander Sogard (2010 Draft-26th Round)
Brenden Stines (Tri-City in 2009)

Catchers
Buck Afenir (Played at University of Kansas in 2009. Afenir was undrafted but played with the GCL Yankess and Staten Island last summer.)
Ben Heath (2010 Draft-5th Round)
Carlos Mojica (Greeneville in 2009)

Infielders
Tyler Burnett (2010 Draft-17th Round)
Oscar Figueroa (Greeneville and Tri-City in 2009)
Jacke Healey (2010 Draft- 27th Round)
Michael Kvasnicka (2010 Draft-1st Round Supplemental)
Ben Orloff (Greeneville and Tri-City in 2009)
Nick Stanley (Tri-City in 2009)

Outfielders
Daniel Adamson (2010 Draft-20th Round)
Frank Almonte (Greeneville in 2009)
Adam Bailey (2010 Draft- 23rd Round)
Wilton Infante (GCL Astros and Greeneville in 2009)
Renzo Tello (Tri-City in 2009)

Levine Posts Minor League Notebook

A new minor league notebook is up at Chron.com. The top story is all the injured pitchers in Corpus Christi.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Valley Cats Announce Roster

14 players selected in last week's draft are included in the 2010 Tri-City Valley Cats roster. The Valley Cats start play in the New York-Penn League Friday, June 18.

Bushue Healthy?

According to Mark Maloney's (Kentucky.com) series preview, Lexington starter Tanner Bushue is scheduled to pitch Tuesday night at the Lakewood Blue Claws. Bushue has been on the disabled list since June 3.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Astros Sign 16 Draft Picks

16 Draft Picks have signed with Houston:

4th Round- Robert Doran, RHP
8th Round- Jake Buchanan, RHP
9th Round- Thomas Shirley, LHP
11th Round- Kyle Redlinger, 3B
12th Round- James Robinson, RHP
14th Round- Jordan Scott, OF
16th Round- Christopher Wallace, C
17th Round- Tyler Burnett, 3B
18th Round Joshua Magee, 2B
20th Round- Daniel Adamson, OF
26th Round- Alexander Sogard, LHP
31st Round- Travis Blankenship, LHP
33rd Round- Michael Ness, RHP
34th Round- Ryan Cole, RHP
37th Round- Brian Streilein , RHP
41st Round- Bryce Lane, OF

Also, Houston has signed Undrafted Free Agent shortstop Jonathon Merritt from UAB.

Farmstros Honorees

The Astros have announced their players of the month for May. You can read the story on this announcement here.

Additionally, Lancaster Outfielder Jay Austin has been named to the California League All-Star team. Through Thursday's game, Austin is battting .274 with nine doubles, three triples, six home runs, 32 RBI and 26 stolen bases.

The California League takes on the Carolina League June 22 at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tri-City Valley Cats Team Capsule

Valley Cats website

'Cats Corner (Blog)

Home Stadium: Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy, New York

Manager: Jim Pankovits. The former Astros infielder returns for his second year at Tri-City.

Five Promotions at Joe Bruno Stadium:

June 18: Opening Night/Schedule Magnet
July 11: Team Posters
July 12: Ben Zobrist Bobblehead
July 28: 3rd Annual Going Green Night
August 21: Baseball Purist Night

Teams who are nearby...
Oneonta- 85 miles
Hudson Valley(Wappingers Falls, NY)- 106
Vermont(Burlington)- 123
Brooklyn-143
Staten Island-168
Auburn-177
Lowell, Mass.- 179

2010 Farmstros Five- Week Nine

Round Rock, 5-2 (28-31,over-all) and Lexington, 4-2(30-30) had winning records for the week. Corpus Christi,3-3(29-28); Lancaster, 2-5 (18-41; DSL Astros, 1-4 (2-7).

The Farmstros Five for the week of June 3-9, 2010:

THE TOP PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK:

Freddy Parejo, 25, OF and Brandon Barnes, 24, OF, Lancaster. TheJetHawk outfielders finished off a solid week by going for the cycle in back-to-back games. (Parejo-Tuesday; Barnes- Wednesday). For the week, Parejo was 12 for 30 with 2 doubles, one triple, one home run and five RBI. Barnes was 12 for 28 with two doubles, one triple, two home runs and four RBI.

THE OTHER THREE:

Tyler Lumsden, 27, LHP, Corpus Christi. Lumsden made two starts for the Hooks. He pitched 15 innings, one complete game, allowing 10 hits and two earned runs. His season ERA is 2.56.

Aaron Bray, 22, IF, Lexington. Bray was 10 for 21 with two doubles, two triples, and six RBI.

Mike Modica,23, LHP, Lancaster. Modica had three scoreless relief appearances. He allowed two hits in seven IP.

Clear Channel Field Hosts Cycle-fest

Apparently, Lancaster's outfielders are presenting a new promotion for JetHawks fans this week at Clear Channel Field: Cycle-Fest. Freddy Parejo started the festivities Tuesday night when he hit for the cycle against Visalia. Brandon Barnes filled the bill Wednesday night as he hit for a single, double, triple, and a home run. Who's next? Lee Cruz or Jay Austin?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Do You Know an Astros' Draft Pick?

An offer to readers of Farmstros: If you connect Farmstros with any player the Astros select in next week's draft for the purposes of interviewing that player about being drafted by the Astros, I will send you a handmade Farmstros magnet. Due to budgetary reasons, a maximum of three magnets will be awarded.

Martinez Farmstros Player of the Month

Lexington outfielder J.D. Martinez received 22 of your 54 votes to earn the honor of Farmstros' Player of the Month for May. In the month of May, Martinez batted .339 with 12 doubles, five home runs and 22 RBI. He has also been named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team. The next three highest vote totals went to Jason Bourgeois, 7; Chris Johnson, 6; and Kody Hinze, 5.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

May Farm Report

I am posting a monthly Farmstros Farm Report for a web site called Astros Daily this season. Since that site is providing me with access to a large audience of Astros' fans, I have refrained from providing access to the report here for about a week. If you haven't been able to read the report through Astros Daily yet, you can read it here now.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Astros Finish Day One of Draft

The Astros have completed their picks for the first day of the 2010 Draft. Here's a rundown:

#8 Delino DeShields, Jr., 2B, High School (Georgia)

#19 Mike Foltynewicz, RHP, High School (Illinois)

#33 Mike Kvasnicka, 3B, University of Minnesota


Houston continues their selections with pick #58 in the second round tomorrow.

Ears on Elkins Coming Tuesday Morning (#EOELK)

EARS ON ELKINS the third Farmstros Game Listening/Twitter Experience of the season will take place Tuesday, June 8 at 10 a.m. Houston time during the Lexington Legends game at Hickory, N.C. Join Farmstros in listening to Lexington broadcaster Keith Elkins' call of the game. EARS ON ELKINS will include draft coverage, a trivia contest (with Legends tickets as a giveaway), a new 7th inning stretch version of TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME, and at least two haiku tweeted on THE QUEST FOR 3000 SYLLABLES. All tweets will be hashtagged #EOELK.

Draft is in One Hour

With the Rule 4 Draft less than an hour away (6 p.m., Houston time), here are a few links to help you follow it.

MLB.com has their Draft Central up and running.

Andy Seiler at MLB Bonus Baby is tracking the selections.

Also, locally Zach Levine of the Houston Chronicle (thescorer) and Alyson Footer of Astros.com (alysonfooter) are prepared to use Twitter to keep the world abreast of the Astros picks for the next three days.

Finally, David Coleman at The Crawfish Boxes is all over the Astros draft as well.

Dydalewicz Sent Down

After struggling in his 11 starts for Lancaster this season, left-hander Brad Dydalewicz has been sent back down to Lexington. Dydalewicz, drafted in 2008, has a 11.39 ERA in 36 1/3 IP for Lancaster.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Astros Draft in Review... 2009

Most of last season's draft picks are in Class A or Extended Spring Training awaiting a short season assignment. However, the 21st Round Pick is in Corpus Christi already.

Corpus Christi
Barry Butera, IF

Lancaster

David Berner, P
Dallas Keuchel, P
Mike Modica, P
Michael Schurz, P
Brandon Wikoff, IF

Lexington
Aaron Bray, IF
Tanner Bushue, P
Robert Donovan, P
Jacob Goebbert, OF
Grant Hogue, OF
Brian Kemp, OF
J.D. Martinez, OF
Jonathan Meyer, IF
Jio Mier, SS
Daniel Sarisky, P
Brandt Walker, P-Disabled List

Extended Spring Training
Erik Castro, IF
Justin Harper, P
Enrique Hernandez, IF
Ryan Humphrey, OF (Rehab)
B.J. Hyatt, P (Rehab)
Mark Jones, P
Telvin Nash, OF
Ben Orloff, IF
Ron Sanchez, 1B
Travis Smink, P
Nicholas Stanley, 1B
Brenden Stines, P
Bubby Williams, C
Garen Wright, OF

NOTE: 37th Round Pick Raul Rivera, P signed last summer but has yet to appear on any roster I have seen.

2010 Farmstros Five- Week Eight

The DSL Astros started their season this week going 1 and 3 to get things started. Corpus Christi was 4-2 (26-25, over-all); Lexington, 3-4 (26-28);
Round Rock, 2-4 (23-29); Lancaster, 1-6 (16-36)

The Farmstros Five for the Week of May 27- June 2, 2010:

The Top Performer:

Enderson Franco, 17, RHP, DSL Astros. Franco pitched five scoreless innings in his first game of the season in the Dominican He allowed only one hit and struck out six.

The other four:

Koby Clemens, 23, 1B, Corpus Christi. Clemens went 8 for 24 on the week. He had three home runs, including a grand slam and eight RBI.

Jhon Florentino, 26, 3B, Corpus Christi. Florentino was 8 for 16 with two triples and seven RBI.

Drew Locke, 27, OF, Round Rock. Locke went 9 for 26 with three home runs and six RBI.

Mark Ori, 26, 1B, Lancaster. Ori was 12 for 26 with four doubles and six RBI.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Farmstros Five Coming tonight

If you are looking for the Farmstros Five, it is coming tonight. The kids are out of school, meaning full time caregiver duty. Plus, last night was the PTA Budget planning meeting. Had to be there as the incoming treasurer. There are only so many hours in the day.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Farmstros on Astros Daily

I am filing a monthly farm report this season for Astros Daily. The May edition went up today. Please visit the site and look for "Astros' May Farm Report" under the AstroWire on the right side of the page.

Astros Draft in Review... 2008

The first draft of the Bobby Heck era already has one player on the brink of the major leagues and one pitcher impressing in the Texas League.

Round Rock
Jason Castro, C

Corpus Christi
Jon Gaston, OF
Jordan Lyles, P
Dan Meszaros, P
Jack Shuck, OF
T.J. Steele, OF

Lancaster
Joseph Austin, OF
Brad Dydalewicz, P
David Flores, IF
Ashton Mowdy, P
Ross Seaton, P
Shane Wolf, P

Lexington
Luis Cruz, P
David Duncan, P
Rene Garcia, C
Zach Grimmett, P
Nate Pettus, P-Disabled List
Andrew Simunic, IF

Extended Spring Training
Chris Hicks, P (Disabled)

June 5- Review of Astros' 2009 Draft
June 7- Draft begins with first round and supplemental picks
June 8- Farmstros Baseball Listening/Twitter Experience during Lexington game at 10 a.m Houston time. Draft coverage to be included.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

2009 Greeneville Astros Team Capsule

Greeneville Website

Home Stadium- Pioneer Park on the Tusculum College campus

Manager- Ed Romero, who spent last year as Houston's bench coach, is managing the Greeneville team this season.

Promotions
June 25- Opening Night/Schedule Magnets
July 7- Astros Umbrellas
July 14- Christmas Stocking Giveaway
July 22-Going Greene Night
August 27- Stadium Blankets

Things to Do/places to eat before/after the game
Andrew Johnson Home
Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park
Cherokee National Forest
The Bean Barn
The Sandwich House

Teams Nearby
Johnson City, TN- 30 miles
Elizabethton, TN- 40
Kingsport, TN- 40
Bristol, VA- 60
Pulaski, VA- 144
Bluefield, WV- 154
Princeton, WV- 160

Astros' Draft in Review... 2007

Much has been made about the debacle that was the Astros' 2007 draft. They failed to sign their first two picks and lost two other picks because they had signed Woody Williams and Carlos Lee. In light of this fact, that any talent at all remains from that class is notable.

Round Rock
Collin DeLome, OF

Corpus Christi
Brian Wabick, P

Lancaster
Albert Cartwright, IF
Kyle Greenwalt, P

Lexington
Colton Pitkin, P

Disabled
Brian Pellegrini, 1B/OF

Traded
Robert Bono, P traded to acquire Matt Lindstrom


A note about this draft. The top three picks who did not sign: Dietrich (Georgia Tech); Eibner (Arkansas); and Bettis (Texas Tech) are all draft eligible again this year.

June 3- Review of Astros' 2008 Draft
June 5- Review of Astros' 2009 Draft
June 7- Draft begins with first round and supplemental picks
June 8- Farmstros Baseball Listening/Twitter Experience during Lexington game at 10 a.m Houston time. Draft coverage to be included.