Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Birthday - 11/27

Happy Birthday to ~

LHP Luis Ramirez (19)
An international free agent out of Venezuela, Ramirez saw his first professional action in 2014 for the Dominican Summer League Astros. In seven appearances out of the bullpen, he was 1-2 with a 2.55 ERA, a 1.019 WHIP and two saves.

These former Astros also celebrate the day ~

LHP Raul Valdes (37)
Originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2004, the Cuban born Valdes was claimed by Houston off waivers from the Phillies in October 2013. He appeared in eight games for Houston in 2014 with forgettable results before being traded to the Blue Jays in May. He is currently a free agent.

RHP Dave Giusti (75)
Giusti was signed by Houston as an amateur free agent in 1961 and pitched for the Colt .45's in 1962 and 1964 and for the Astros in 1965 to 1968. In 176 games (118 starts), he had a 47-53 record with a 4.02 ERA and 1.284 WHIP. His best seasons were with the Pirates in the early to mid-70's. He had one All-Star appearance and won one World Series while with Pittsburgh.

C Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez (43)
Rodriguez signed with Houston as a free agent in March 2009. In 93 games for Houston that season, he hit .251/.280/.382 and had a 32% caught stealing rate. In August of 2009, he was traded to the Rangers for Matt Nevarez and Jose Vallejo. Rodriguez was an All-Star 14 times while playing with Texas and Detroit as well as a 13-time Gold Glove winner and a 7-time Silver Slugger. He was the American League MVP in 1999 for Texas. He won his only World Series for the Marlins in 2003.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Caracas 10, Caribes 5

Nestor Tejada appeared as a pinch-hitter for the Little Lions in the 7th. He struck out, and then remained in the game at RF.

Caracas will take on Bravos at 11:00 AM Venezuelan time.


Toros 9, Escogido 0

Teoscar Hernandez entered the game as a defensive replacement in the 5th to play CF. He finished 1-2 and ripped a 3-run homer in the 7th which was effectively the final nail in Escogido's coffin. That was 2nd homer of the Dominican campaign.

In a battle for 2nd, Toros will take on Águilas. First pitch is at 7:30 Atlantic.

Águilas 4, Licey 3

The difference here was a 3-2 3rd inning in favor of Águilas. Jonathan Villar finished 1-2 with a walk and a run scored, and for Licey, Domingo Santana went 0-3.

As for Licey, they'll face Gigantes at 7:30 Atlantic.


Jalisco 11, Obregón 2

Leo Heras finished 2-4 with an RBI single in the 9th and 2 runs scored as Jalisco turned a 2-1 deficit in to a laugher by scoring the game's final 10 runs.

The series continues at 7:30 Mountain.


Santurce 4, Caguas 3 in 12 innings

Delino DeShields finished 1-6 with a stolen base (6) for Santurce.

These two teams will play again in Caguas at 7:30 Atlantic.

Mayagüez 12, Carolina 2

Carlos Corporán got the start behind the plate for Carolina and went 0-3 with a strikeout. Jobduan Morales entered the game to play 1B in the 8th and struck out in his only plate appearance.

Carolina will be at home to take on San Juan. First pitch is at 7:30 Atlantic.

Happy Birthday - 11/26

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

RHP Jeff Fulchino (35)
An eighth round pick by the Marlins in 2002, Fulchino came to Houston from Kansas City as a waiver claim in December 2008. In 147 games for the Astros from 2009 to 2011, he was 9-9 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.380 WHIP.

RHP Mike Mendoza (59)
A fifth round pick by the Astros in 1973, Mendoza got his cup of coffee in 1979 and it was a perfect brew - one perfect inning pitched in one game.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Astros Free Agent Landing Spots

A few more of our Astros have flown the nest and found other homes via free agency. According to Baseball America's minor league free agent tracker:

RHP Jose Cisnero - Reds
RHP Paul Clemens - Phillies
1B Jesus Guzman - Hiroshima Carp
RHP David Martinez - Rangers
LHP Rudy Owens - Athletics
LHP Patrick Urckfitz - Marlins

In addition, Evan Drellich of The Houston Chronicle reported today that C Rene Garcia has also been signed by the Phillies. I wish each and every one of them the best.

I've updated my ongoing off-season transaction list with the latest.

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Sunday, November 23, and Monday, November 24, 2014


Sunday: Lara 6, Caracas 4

Leones del Caracas: Danry Vásquez finished 1-3 with an RBI single in the 8th and scored a run.

Caracas will be back in action tomorrow as they'll be in Aragua.


Results from Sunday

Licey 7, Águilas 2

Licey took control with a 6-run 6th. Domingo Santana delivered the big hit in the inning as he drove in 2 with a double. Domingo finished 2-4 with 2 runs scored.

Jonathan Villar finished 0-3 with a walk for Águilas.

Escogido 5, Toros 4

Teoscar Hernandez entered as a pinch-runner for Toros in the 8th. He remained in the game at CF and did not appear at the plate.

Results from Monday

Estrellas 6, Gigantes 5

Estrellas walked off with the win after scoring 4 in the bottom of the 9th. Jandel Gustave was the first man out of the bullpen for Gigantes and worked 2 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out 2.

All 6 teams in the Dominican will be playing each other again tonight.


Results from Sunday

Jalisco 2, Mexicali 1

Charros de Jalisco: Leo Heras finished 1-4.

Mazatlán 8, Culiacán 6

Mazatlán scored 4 in the bottom of the 9th to get the victory.

Gonzalo Sañudo was Culiacán's 3rd reliever; he got 2 outs in the 8th, allowing an unearned run, a hit, walking 1, and striking out 1.

Today, Jalisco will begin a series in Obregón, while Culiacán hosts Navojoa. Both games will start at 7:30 Mountain.


Results from Sunday

Caguas 4, Santurce 0

Cangrejeros de Santurce: The Crabbers were blanked by Logan Williamson, who allowed 4 hits as he went the distance for Caguas. Delino DeShields finished 0-4.

Mayagüez 2, San Juan 0

San Juan was held to 3 hits. Nolan Fontana was 0-3 with a strikeout.

Results from Monday

Carolina 7, Santurce 6

Santurce very nearly erased their 7-2 deficit. Very nearly. Delino DeShields went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts.

As for Carolina, Carlos Corporán went 2-4 with 2 runs scored. Both of his hits were doubles, and one of them drove in a run in the 4th.

Tonight, Santurce will host Caguas, while Carolina will be on the road to face Mayagüez. Both games will take place at 7:30 Atlantic.

Happy Birthday - 11/25

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Erasmo Pinales (20)
Pinales, an international free agent from the Dominican Republic, pitched only 2/3 of an inning in 2013, but made up for it in his first real season of play in 2014. In 15 games (14 starts) in the Dominican Summer League, Pinales was 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA and a 0.949 WHIP. He walked 18 batters and struck out 63 in 71.2 innings of work.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

RF/3B/2B Jimmy Paredes (26)
Originally from the Dominican Republic and signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 2006, Jimmy Paredes came to the Astros organization in the Lance Berkman trade in 2010. In 118 games spread over 2011 through 2013, Paredes hit .234/.274/.311. After being claimed off waivers by the Marlins, Orioles and Royals, the Orioles reacquired him in July 2014.

1B Rafael Batista (died October 25, 2008 at age 62)
Batista was drafted from Atlanta in the minor league draft in November 1967. In 22 games for Houston in 1973 and 1975, he hit .280/.308/.320. After his time with the Astros, Batista played in the Mexican League for nine seasons.

RHP John Johnstone (46)
Originally drafted by the Mets in the 20th round in 1987, Johnstone signed as a free agent with the Astros in December 1995. In nine appearances for the Astros in 1996, he had a 5.54 ERA and a 1.692 WHIP. His best seasons were for the Giants in 1998 and 1999 when he had a 2.87 ERA and a 1.158 WHIP in 132 appearances.

RHP Octavio Dotel (41)
Dotel came to Houston from the Mets in a December 1999 trade and pitched for the Astros from 2000 to 2004. In 302 appearances, he was 22-24 with a 3.24 ERA, 1.169 WHIP and 42 saves. Dotel went to Oakland in a three-team trade in June 2004 that brought Carlos Beltran to the Astros. Dotel played for a total of 13 teams over 15 seasons.

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Monday, November 24, 2014