Monday, March 30, 2015

Astros Minor Leaguers in Spring Training

The Astros announced more Spring Training cuts yesterday (see yesterday's post for those and other minor league roster moves). Although some of these players have technically been assigned to minor league camp, they will continue to play with the major league club as needed.

Time to check in on how all the minor leaguers have fared in their time playing with the big league club. (Unfortunately, boxscores for the games on the backfields during Spring Training aren't available so this is really the only info readily available.) The following includes all stats to date with those players who had at-bats or innings in the past week in bold.

POSITION PLAYERS
SS Carlos Correa - 14x41 7R 2B 2HR 5RBI 2BB 10SO 2SB (.341/.372/.512)
C Max Stassi - 6x16 4R 2B HR 5RBI 3BB 2SO (.375/.450/.688)
OF Andrew Aplin - 1x14 5R 5BB 2SO 2SB
OF Domingo Santana - 0x10 RBI 6SO
IF Nolan Fontana - 1x9 2R RBI 2BB 4SO
3B Colin Moran - 4x9 2R BB 2SO CS
IF Joe Sclafani - 4x9 6R RBI
IF Ronald Torreyes - 0x8 RBI BB 2SO
OF Preston Tucker - 0x8 2BB 3SO
1B/3B Matt Duffy - 2x7 R HR RBI 2BB SB
C Tyler Heineman - 1x7 R 2B RBI
OF Brett Phillips - 2x6 R HR 2RBI 2SO
C Roberto Pena - 0x5
OF Teoscar Hernandez - 1x3 2B SO
2B Tony Kemp - 1x3 SO
OF Jason Martin - 0x2
OF Derek Fisher - 0x2 2SO
OF Ruben Sosa - 0x2
OF Leo Heras - 1x1 2R 2B
3B J.D. Davis - 0x1
C Luis Flores - 0x1
SS Jio Mier - 0x1
1B Telvin Nash - 0x1 SO
SS Mott Hyde - 0x0 CS

PITCHERS
RHP James Hoyt - 7G 8.1IP 0.00ERA 0.960WHIP 5BB 11SO
RHP Asher Wojciechowski - 5G 16.2IP 1.08ERA 0.960WHIP 4BB 13SO
RHP Mark Appel - 3G 7.0IP 2.57ERA 1.143WHIP 3BB 5SO
RHP Brady Rodgers - 3G 3.1IP 16.20ERA 2.700WHIP 3BB SO
RHP Jason Stoffel - 3G 3.1IP 2.70ERA 1.200WHIP 3BB 2SO
LHP Luis Cruz - 2G 3.2IP 2.45ERA 1.090WHIP 2BB 4SO
RHP Michael Feliz - 2G 3.0IP 0.00ERA 0.667WHIP BB 3SO
RHP Jordan Jankowski - 2G 2.0IP 22.50ERA 3.000WHIP BB 4SO
LHP Kent Emanuel - 1G 0.1IP 27.00ERA 6.000WHIP SO
RHP Tyson Perez - 1G 1.0IP 0.00ERA 1.000WHIP BB SO
LHP Chris Lee - 1G 1.0IP 0.00ERA 0.000WHIP 2SO
RHP Lance McCullers - 1G 1.0IP 0.00ERA 1.000WHIP SO
LHP Tommy Shirley - 1G 1.0IP 0.00ERA 0.000WHIP


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Happy Birthday - 3/30

Happy Birthday to ~

OF Jake Marisnick (24)
Originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the third round in 2009, Marisnick came to Houston as a part of the July 2014 trade that sent RHP Jarred Cosart, OF Austin Wates and IF/OF Kiké Hernandez to the Marlins. In 51 games for Houston, he hit .272/.299/.370.

These former Astros have birthdays today as well ~

LHP Jeriome Robertson (died May 29, 2010 at 33)
Robertson was drafted by Houston in the 24th round in 1995 and pitched for Houston in 2002 and 2003 before being traded to Cleveland in March of 2004 for Luke Scott. The 2003 season was Robertson's shining moment in the majors. Despite a somewhat high 5.10 ERA and 1.519 WHIP, he managed a 15-9 record. His eight appearances for Cleveland didn't impress and his last major league game was in July of 2004. He died in a motorcycle accident in May 2010 at only 33.

RHP Chris Gardner (46)
A sixth round draft pick by Houston in 1988, Gardner was 1-2 with a 4.01 ERA and a 1.338 WHIP in five games (four starts) for Houston in 1991. A September call-up, Gardner never made it back to the show.

RHP Conrad Cardinal (73)
Drafted by the Colt .45's from Detroit in November 1962, Cardinal appeared in six games (one start) for Houston in 1963 at the ripe old age of 21. Those six games constituted his entire major league career.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Astros Minor League Roster Moves

According to the MiLB transaction pages, IF Austin Elkins and C Jake Rodriguez have both retired. WTHB wishes them both the best of luck!




In addition, the Houston Chronicle reported today that the Astros have acquired minor league RHP Angel Baez from the Royals for cash considerations. The 24-year old Dominican has a minor league career 4.29 ERA and 1.500 WHIP. He was 1-5 with a 4.65 ERA and a 1.403 WHIP in 35 games (62IP) for the Royals AA affiliate in 2014.

The 2014-2015 Astros Off-Season Transaction List has been updated with these moves.

And finally, several players were reassigned from the Astros major league camp to the minor league side today: SS Carlos Correa, C Tyler Heineman, RHP James Hoyt, LHP Darin Downs and IF Gregorio Petit. RHP Jake Buchanan, IF Matt Dominguez and C Max Stassi were optioned to minor league camp as well. Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Chronicle reported that Carlos Correa would start the season at AA Corpus Christi.

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Happy Birthday - 3/29

Happy Birthday to ~

1B/2B Jared Cruz (20)
Cruz played his first professional season in the Braves organization in 2014, coming to Houston after the season ended. Cruz, who is originally from Melbourne, Australia, was the player to be named later in the July 2014 trade that sent RHP Andrew Robinson to the Braves.

One former Astro celebrates the day as well ~

UT Eric Bruntlett (37)
Drafted by Houston in the ninth round in 2000, Bruntlett spent five seasons, between 2003 and 2007 playing for the Astros, hitting .250/.323/.364 over 320 games. In November of 2007, he was traded along with Brad Lidge to the Phillies for Michael Bourn, Mike Costanzo and Geoff Geary. In August 2009, he became only the second player in major league history to end a game with an unassisted triple play.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Happy Birthday - 3/28

Happy Birthday to ~

SS Marcos Almonte (19)
Almonte played his first professional season in 2014 for the Dominican Summer League Astros. In 67 games, he hit .233/.359/.353 with 13 doubles, one triple and one home run. He is from the Dominican Republic.

No future Astros with birthdays today, but two former Astros celebrate ~

1B Glenn Davis (54)
Davis, a first round draft pick (fifth overall) for Houston in 1981, played for the Astros from 1984 to 1990, hitting .262/.337/.483 with 150 doubles, 10 triples and 166 home runs over 830 games. Davis was a two-time All-Star and also won the Silver Slugger Award before being traded to the Orioles in January of 1991 for Pete Harnisch, Curt Schilling and  Steve Finley. After a disappointing tenure with the Orioles, he ended up back in the minor leagues and eventually played for two seasons in Japan. According to Baseball-Reference:
He returned in 1996 [to Japan] and became the 10th player in Nippon Pro Baseball history to hit a sayonara (walk-off) grand slam home run to win a game; he was the first gaijin to accomplish that.
Ironically, he never hit a grand slam in the MLB.

[Side note: Last year, I was taken to task by one of my readers for my use of the word "ironically" in the above. According to Merriam-Webster, one of the definitions of "irony" is as follows.
incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result
 I stand behind my use of the word.]

RHP Mark Melancon (30)
Drafted by the Yankees in the ninth round in 2006, Melancon came to Houston along with Jimmy Paredes in the Lance Berkman trade in July 2010. Melancon pitched in 91 games for Houston in 2010 and 2011, going 10-4 with a 2.85 ERA, a 1.211 WHIP and 20 saves. Melancon was traded to Boston in December 2011 for Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland and was subsequently traded to Pittsburgh in December 2012 where he has played for the last two seasons.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Happy Birthday - 3/27

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1B Felix Lucas (18)
Lucas was signed out of the Dominican Republic during the July 2013 international signing period. In his first professional season in the Dominican Summer League, he hit .144/.285/.242 with four doubles and three home runs in 39 games.

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