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Monday, May 30, 2011

Major League Debut A Lyles Family Affair

What did Jordan Lyles think about his locker at Wrigley Field? Read about it in my latest post.

Who is Draftable?

With draft a week away, if you are looking for profiles of numerous draftabale players, please consider the work the guys at The Crawfish Boxes are doing.

Farmstros Looking for an Intern(s)

I'll admit it, I'm stealing this idea from the Tri-City Valley Cats, who apparently are able to convince every able bodied college-aged baseball fan in the U.S. to intern with them over the summer. If there is any one left, I could use some help too:

DO YOU LIKE CRUNCHING NUMBERS? Due to time constraints, I have been unable to continue the Farmstros Five this season. This was a weekly feature that highlighted the top five players in the system. I'd love to bring it back as it is a great way to keep tabs on a variety of players over the season.

HOW'S YOUR SPANISH? I've started looking at the possibility of interviewing (by email) several of the Spanish speaking/writing players in the organization. My Spanish is about 1st Grade level, so I could use help with translations for these potential interviews.

If you are a student or just someone looking to get a foot in the door of the world of baseball via social media, please contact me at farmtsros

I can't pay anything, but there is no reason you can't work from home.

Who did what in Lexington? This guy can tell you?

Brooks Parker won't be seeing Jordan Lyles tonight in Nashville, however, he and his Minor League Recap's on The Crawfish Boxes are in my lastest post.

Friday, May 27, 2011

DSL Astros Season starts Saturday

The Astros entry in the Dominican Summer League opens its season tomorrow against the Pirates. The club's season runs through August 20. Boxscores and the team's statistics can be found at this link.

Seven Dominican Astros of Note:

EDITOR'S NOTE on June 1, 2011: I just got the official DSL roster, and of these seven only Ferreira and Solano are in the Dominican. I assume this means the others will show up in the Gulf Coast League or Greeneville in a few weeks. More once those rosters are made public.

Max Ayarza, IF, 19(age as of May 29). Ayarza will be in his third season for the DSL Astros. He batted .260 in 150 at bats in 2010.

Jean Batista, IF, 19. Batista makes his pro debut this summer. His signing last summer received quite a bit of attention.

Fredwin Campusano, IF, 19. Campusano batted .326 in 89 at bats in 2010.

Luis DeLa Rosa, IF, 19. DeLa Rosa batted .270 with 12 stolen bases in 64 games in 2010.

Edgar Ferreira, LHP, 18. Ferreira made his pro debut in 2010. He made 10 appearances striking out 14 and posting a 2.70 ERA in 16 2/3 innings.

Jose Montero, RHP,18. Montero had a 2.59 ERA in 2010, his first pro season. He made 13 starts, pitched 55 2/3 innings and had 48 strikeouts.

Jose Solano, IF, 19. Solano batted .276 with 20 RBI in 2010.

Castro Embraces Unique Learning Opportunity

Jason Castro is making the most of a unique, but unplanned learning opportunity. Read about it in my latest post.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Who is Juri Perez?

Juri Perez is making his first start for the Lexington Legends tonight. Perez missed most of 2010 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in October 2009. The 20-year old right-hander spent 2009 with Greeneville in the Appalachian League. After the season, he was rated the 31st best prospect in the Astros system by Baseball America. BA also ranked Perez #10 in the Appalachian League for that season. He had a 2.79 ERA with 60 strikeouts and 19 walks in 51 2/3 IP for Greeneville. He made a few appearances for the GCL Astros near the end of 2010, while rehabbing his arm. Tonight he makes the leap to Lexington.


After tonight's game in Lexington, Legends catcher Chris Wallace will be taking the Farmstros Village ON THE BUS WITH THE LEGENDS. The Astros Low-A affiliate is traveling to Asheville, North Carolina Thursday night and Friday morning. Wallace has agreed to provide a log of the trip to readers of Farmstros. Look for it early next week on my blog.

Also next week on Farmstros:

Recently retired catcher Jonathon Fixler is preparing a Farewell edition of the Fixler Files.

A preview of the DSL Astros season which begins May 28.

RedHawk Manager back in His Old Haunts tonight

Oklahoma City manager Tony DeFrancesco may be the most popular man in Sacramento's Raley Field tonight when his RedHawks take on the River Cats. Read why in my latest post.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Will there be a Fourth Rodriguez?

With Wandy, Aneury, and now, Fernando on the Astros roster, I can't help but wonder if the Astros Fourth Rod is on the farm some where. Read about potential 4th-Rods in my lastest post.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Astros Gain an Owner, but they Lose a Fixler

During Jim Crane's press conference Monday, a tweet from Greg Rajan in Corpus Christi reminds the Farmstros Village that it was business as usual outside of Minute Maid Park. Read about it in my latest post.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Matt Hicks- The Voice of the Hooks

Corpus Christi play-by-play announcer Matt Hicks took some time to introduce himself to the Farmstros Village. Read about it in my latest post.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Lancaster's Kirk Clark a Perfect 10

Kirk Clark, who led the Astros organization in saves in 2010 for Lexington, has continued his late inning success in 2011 for Lancaster. You can read about Clark and his saves in my latest post at

Friday, May 6, 2011

One Year ago, Rojo Johnson was a Farmstro

Collin DeLome and Matt Kata talked to me about the role they played in the Rojo Johnson promotion at Dell Diamond. Read about it in my latest post.