In Spring Training, I did a post on Chron.com about three players in the lower-levels of the Astros' minor league system who are attempting to make the switch from position player to pitcher.
Here's an update on the performance on the hill in 2011 of those three converts (plus one more):
Jorge DeLeon- DeLeon continues to be at the head of this class. In his second year as a pitcher, he has been a mainstay in the Lexington bullpen. He has 11 saves and a 2.87 ERA in 28 appearances. DeLeon has allowed 34 hits, walked eight, and struck out 36 in 37 2/3 innings.
Wilton Infante- Infante wasn't in the Spring Training post that I wrote. The former outfielder is pitching in Kissimmee for the Astros Gulf Coast League entry. Infante has a 6.00 ERA in four appearances.
Yordany Ramirez- The former defensive wizard has given his teammates plenty of opportunity to chase baseballs this season. In 22 appearances between Lexington and Lancaster, Ramirez has a 10.20 ERA. He has allowed 40 hits and walked 27 in 30 innings pitched.
Ebert Rosario- Like DeLeon, Rosario is a former infielder and he is spending his first full season as a pitcher in Tri-City. However, Rosario has not been as effective as DeLeon in his pitching debut. He has a 7.36 ERA in six games covering 7 1/3 innings pitched.