WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
10-25: RHP Gabriel Valdez (20)
10-28: RHP Reggie Johnson (23)
10-28: OF Brauly Mejia (22)
10-29: OF Carmen Benedetti (22)
10-29: 1B Tyler White (26)
10-30: SS Ozziel Sanchez-Galan (18)
10-31: OF/2B Tony Kemp (25)
Reggie Johnson - August 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen
10-20: RHP Moreno Polanco released
Also, Dustin has compiled a list of the Astros players he's spotted playing in fall and winter leagues so far right here.
FALL AND WINTER LEAGUE UPDATE
Several of the winter leagues have started already and the Puerto Rican league will join them this Thursday.
In itty-bitty sample sizes, several Astros have gotten off to a good start. Offensively, C Max Stassi (.400/.400/.400 in 2 games - LIDOM), OF Jason Martin (.400/.500/.600 in 3 games - AFL), SS Miguel Sierra (.375/.375/.500 in 2 games - LVBP) have gotten off to a good start while OF Ramon Laureano (.345/.412/.621 in 8 games) continues to impress in the Arizona Fall League and C Garrett Stubbs (.296/.367/.481 in 8 games) has really heated up at the plate as well in that venue.
The pitching has been a mixed bag with RHP Mike Hauschild (0.00 ERA/0.938WHIP in 5.1IP) and RHP Cesar Valdez (1.93 ERA/1.286 WHIP in 4.2IP) getting off to a good start in the Dominican while RHP Rogelio Armenteros' four outings in the AFL have been mostly forgettable (22.09 ERA - ouch!). Top Astros prospect RHP Francis Martes has fallen somewhere in between with one bad outing and one mostly good outing (7.21 ERA/1.928 WHIP - AFL). RHP Jacob Dorris (AFL - 2.2IP), LHP Reymin Guduan (LIDOM - 0.1IP), RHP Jordan Jankowski (LIDOM - 1.0IP) and RHP David Paulino (AFL - 1.0IP) haven't allowed any earned runs in their limited innings.
Fall/Winter League Start Dates
Venezuelan Winter League (LVBP) - 10/9
Arizona Fall League (AFL) - 10/11
Mexican Pacific League (LMP) - 10/11
Dominican Winter League (LIDOM) - 10/20
Puerto Rican Winter League (LBPRC) - 10/27
Australian Baseball League (ABL) -11/7 (Exhibitions start 11/7; season starts 11/17)
NEWS AND LINKS
Baseball America posted their report card for the Astros 2016 Draft here (insider only). Since the article is a paid article, I will just reveal that BA showed some love for RHP Forrest Whitley (1st round), 2B Ryne Birk (13th round), OF Stephen Wrenn (6th round) and C Jake Rogers (3rd round) in particular.