Thursday, March 5, 2015

Happy Birthday - 3/5

Happy Birthday to ~

C Hayden Timberlake (19)
Signed out of Queensland, Australia in July 2013, Timberlake played his first professional season in the Dominican Summer League. In 22 games, he hit .188/.303/.250 and caught 50% (16 of 32) of would-be base stealers.

OF L.J. Hoes (25)
Originally drafted by Baltimore in the third round in 2008, Hoes came to Houston in the July 2013 trade that sent Bud Norris to Baltimore. In 35 games in Oklahoma City, he hit .397/.381/.391 and in 55 games for Houston .172/.230/.287.

Two former Astros celebrate today as well ~

LHP Erik Bedard (36)
Born in Ontario, Bedard was drafted by the Orioles in the sixth round in 1999 and came to Houston as a free agent in January 2013. In 32 games (26 starts) for the Astros in 2013, Bedard was 4-12 with a 4.59 ERA and a 1.483 WHIP. Bedard played with Tampa Bay in 2014 until his release on August 3rd.

CF Brian Hunter (44)
A second round draft pick for the Astros in 1989, Brian started his major league career in Houston (1994-1996) and ended it in Houston (2002-2003), but played for five other teams in between. He had a .278/.314/.377 batting line in 370 games for Houston. His best season at the plate was 1995 when he hit .302 in 78 games. Per Baseball-Reference, he was part of this trade to Detroit in December of 1996:
December 10, 1996: Traded by the Houston Astros with Doug Brocail, Todd Jones, Orlando Miller and cash to the Detroit Tigers for Brad Ausmus, Jose Lima, Trever Miller, C.J. Nitkowski and Daryle Ward.
He led the American League in stolen bases in 1997 and 1999.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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Happy Birthday - 3/4

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Richard Rodriguez (25)
Signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2010, Rodriguez was moved around a lot in 2014 among Lancaster, Corpus Christi and Oklahoma City, but started and ended the season for the OKC squad. In a combined 34 appearances, he was 2-2 with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.006 WHIP. He walked 10 and struck out 67 in 59.2 innings.

One former Astro also celebrates ~

2B Andy Mota (49)
Drafted by Houston in the 12th round in 1987, Andy didn't have quite the success that his father Manny had in the major leagues. Andy appeared in 27 games for Houston in 1991, hitting .189/.198/.244. In eight minor league seasons, he hit .293/.347/.408.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Happy Birthday - 3/3

No future Astros with birthdays today, but one former Astro celebrates ~

LHP Jack DiLauro (72)
Picked up from the Mets in the Rule 5 draft, DiLauro only spent one season with the Astros in 1970.  He went 1-3 in 42 appearances with a 4.28 ERA and a 1.515 WHIP.  In his rookie season with the Mets in 1969, he had a 2.40 ERA and a 1.068 WHIP, but did not make an appearance in the World Series for the Mets.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Astros Top Prospect Rankings (Updated)

I have been remiss in keeping everyone updated with all of the Astros top prospect rankings that have come out over the last few months. Here is what we have thus far [UPDATED WITH FANGRAPH'S TOP 200 OVERALL AND BASEBALL AMERICA'S ASTROS TOP 31]:

Carlos Correa - May 2014
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FanGraphs: 10/10/2014
Top 200 List: 2/17/15

1. SS Carlos Correa (#5 on top 200)
2. RHP Mark Appel (#18 on top 200)
3. RHP Vince Velasquez (#75 on top 200)
4. 3B Colin Moran (#121 on top 200)
5. 3B Rio Ruiz - Traded to the Braves (#43 on top 200)
6. RHP Lance McCullers (#126 on top 200)
7. RHP Mike Foltynewicz - Traded to the Braves (#69 on top 200)
8. OF Brett Phillips (#107 on top 200)
9. OF Domingo Santana
10. OF Teoscar Hernandez
11. RHP Nick Tropeano - Traded to the Angels
12. OF Derek Fisher
13. 1B A.J. Reed
14. LHP Josh Hader
15. RHP Michael Feliz
16. IF Nolan Fontana
17. 3B J.D. Davis
18. OF Preston Tucker
19. C Max Stassi
20. LHP Kent Emanuel
21. RHP Andrew Thurman - Traded to the Braves
22. RHP Joe Musgrove
23. 2B Tony Kemp
24. RHP Brady Rodgers
25. OF Delino DeShields - Claimed in the Rule 5 Draft
26. IF Ronald Torreyes

Baseball America: 11/24/14 [UPDATED 3/2/15]
(This is the updated list of the top 31 from the recently released prospect handbook.)

1. SS Carlos Correa
2. RHP Mark Appel
3. RHP Mike Foltynewicz - traded to Atlanta
4. RHP Vince Velasquez
5. RHP Michael Feliz
6. OF Brett Phillips
7. 3B Colin Moran
8. 3B Rio Ruiz - traded to Atlanta
9. OF Teoscar Hernandez
10. LHP Josh Hader
11. RHP Lance McCullers
12. OF Domingo Santana
13. OF Derek Fisher
14. OF Preston Tucker
15. 3B J.D. Davis
16. 1B A.J. Reed
17. RHP Frances Martes
18. 2B/OF Tony Kemp
19. RHP Joe Musgrove
20. C Max Stassi
21. RHP Adrian Houser
22. RHP Brady Rodgers
23. C Roberto Pena
24. 2B/UT Ronald Torreyes
25. OF Andrew Aplin
26. LHP Kent Emanuel
27. RHP Jake Buchanan
28. RHP Asher Wojciechowski
29. RHP Andrew Thurman
30. OF Danry Vasquez
31. 1B Conrad Gregor

MinorLeagueBall.com (John Sickels): 1/27/15

1. SS Carlos Correa
2. RHP Mark Appel
3. RHP Michael Feliz
4. RHP Vince Velasquez
5. OF Domingo Santana
6. OF Brett Phillips
7. LHP Josh Hader
8. RHP Lance McCullers
9. OF Derek Fisher
10. OF Teoscar Hernandez
11. 3B Colin Moran
12. 2B Tony Kemp
13. 3B J.D. Davis
14. 1B A.J. Reed
15. 1B Conrad Gregor
16. IF Nolan Fontana
17. C Max Stassi
18. OF Danry Vasquez
19. OF Preston Tucker
20. RHP Kyle Smith

Keith Law ESPN: 1/30/15 (Insider only)

1. SS Carlos Correa (#3 on top 100)
2. RHP Mark Appel (#44 on top 100)
3. RHP Vince Velasquez (#56 on top 100)
4. 3B Colin Moran (#73 on top 100)
5. OF Brett Phillips (#76 on top 100)
6. RHP Lance McCullers
7. RHP Michael Feliz
8. OF Derek Fisher
9. LHP Josh Hader
10. 3B J.D. Davis

Baseball Prospectus: 2/4/15

1. SS Carlos Correa
2. RHP Mark Appel
3. RHP Vince Velasquez
4. OF Brett Phillips
5. OF Derek Fisher
6. RHP Michael Feliz
7. RHP Lance McCullers
8. OF Domingo Santana
9. 3B Colin Moran
10. OF Teoscar Hernandez

Jonathan Mayo's MLB Pipeline (Postseason)
This is Mayo's postseason list as updated by taking off players from the recent trades. He will be rolling out his official preseason lists over the next few weeks. However, the notes on top 100 and top prospect by position are current information.

1. SS Carlos Correa (#3 overall; #1 in shortstops)
2. RHP Mark Appel (#30 overall)
3. OF Domingo Santana (#71 overall)
4. 3B Colin Moran (#9 at third base)
5. RHP Lance McCullers
6. RHP Michael Feliz
7. RHP Vince Velasquez (#86 overall)
8. LHP Josh Hader
9. OF Teoscar Hernandez
10. OF Derek Fisher
11. 1B A.J. Reed (#5 at first base)
12. OF Brett Phillips
13. RHP Kyle Smith
14. IF Nolan Fontana
15. 2B Tony Kemp
16. C Max Stassi
17. OF Preston Tucker
18. 3B J.D. Davis
19. OF Danry Vasquez
20. RHP Asher Wojciechowski

I will update the list when MLB Pipeline updates their list and then I will do a consensus top 20 (or so) by putting all of the lists together.

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Happy Birthday - 3/2

Happy Birthday to ~

CF James Ramsay (23)
Drafted by Houston in the seventh round, Ramsay played the majority of his season with Quad Cities, earning a late August promotion to Lancaster. In 123 games, he hit .246/.340/.374 with 27 doubles, 11 triples and three home runs.

One former Astro also celebrates today ~

RHP David Stefan "Bud" Norris (30)
A sixth round pick by the Astros in 2006, Norris pitched in 119 games for Houston from 2009 until his trade to Baltimore in July 2013 (for L.J. Hoes, Josh Hader and a compensation pick that turned into Derek Fisher). He was 34-46 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.404 WHIP in those appearances.

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