Saturday, October 15, 2011

Baseball America's Prospect Review

In case you missed this from earlier in the week, Baseball America indicates that the Astros organization is showing much improvement down on the farm.  Based on all prospects, we're probably ranked around the bottom of the middle third of teams, but after erasing "graduates" from the equation and giving full-season players greater weight, we're right smack in the middle of the pack.  As the article states:

"The last time the Astros weren't in the bottom five of our organizational talent rankings was in 2007, when they ranked 22nd. They ranked 26th last year, 30th in 2009 and 2010 and 29th in 2008."

So things are looking up in the Astros minor-league system.  Give the full article a read if you have a chance.

Fall and Winter League Updates

The Salt River Rafters continued their dominance with another win yesterday, giving them an 8-2 record.  The only Astros player involved in the win was Jacob Goebbert, who went 1-3 with a double, a run scored, a walk, two strikeouts and an error.  His double in the 7th sparked a 4-run rally by the Rafters, giving them enough of a lead to hold on for the win.

Today
Salt River will play Phoenix at 8:35 CST

Here is a link to the full list of all Astros currently listed on Winter League rosters.

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

Caracas over Lara 10-3
This game was all but over in the bottom of the 1st.  You owe it to yourself to look at this play-by-play of that frame.  Oswaldo Navarro went 1-5 with a HR and 2 RBI's for Lara, while Wladimir Sutil went 1-2 with a walk, a hit-by-pitch and scored 2 runs for Caracas.

Zulia over Magallanes 3-2
Arcenio Leon pitched 2 innings (0H 0R 1BB 1SO) and got the win for Zulia.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

Toros over Estrellas 5-0
Jonathan Aristil got the hold, pitching 2.1 innings (0H 0R 1BB 1SO) for the Toros.

Escogido over Licey 4-3
Anderson Hernandez went 0-3 with a walk and scored a run and Domingo Santana went 0-1 with a SO in a pinch hitting appearance for Licey, while Sammy Gervacio got his one batter with a SO.  Brett Wallace went 1-3 with a double, an RBI and 2 SO's for Escogido, while David Carpenter got the hold (1.1IP 1H 1R/ER).

Aguilas over Gigantes 10-9
This game was tied at 2-2 through the 7th when I went to bed.  The Gigantes scored 3 in the 8th and 4 in the 9th while the Aguilas went crazy with 8 in the bottom of the 9th for the win. For the Gigantes, Jimmy Paredes (playing at 3B) went 1-5 with a double, an RBI and 2 SO's and Erick Abreu pitched 1.1 perfect innings with 2 SO's.  Brian Bogusevic went 2-4 with a double and 2 SO's for the Aguilas, while Jonathan Villar, coming in to pinch run, scored a run and later walked in his one plate appearance.

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

Luis Durano went 2-5 in Obregon's win over Mexicali.

Baseball World Cup Update

The U.S. team won both must-win games (3-1 against South Korea and 7-4 in a late comeback against Venezuela) on Friday to earn a spot in the finals playing for the bronze medal.  Canada needed to win against Cuba for a chance at the gold medal game but fell short in an 8-2 loss in which Jimmy VanOstrand went 0-3 and Emerson Frostad went 1-3.  If the rotation for the U.S. team holds, Andy Van Hekken will be facing VanOstrand and Frostad in the bronze medal match.

Today
The U.S. and Canada teams will face off at 11:00 a.m. The IBAF has live play-by-play if you want to follow it.

Happy Birthday - 10/15

LHP Edgar Ferreira (19)
A non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic, Ferreira has played two seasons in the DSL.  Ferreira had good numbers in 2010 (2.70 ERA over 10 appearances), but was unable to duplicate them in 2011 (11.57 over 10 appearances).  However, I wouldn't read too much into that high ERA as this lefty faced right-handed hitters almost exclusively in the 2011 season.

OF Teoscar Hernandez (19)
2011 was Hernandez' first season in the Astros organization and he didn't waste any time in getting my attention.  Over 226 AB's in the DSL, he hit .274/.360/.487/.847 with 13 doubles, 7 doubles and 7 home runs.  He is originally from the Dominican Republic.

Former Astros with birthdays today:

LHP Bill Henry (84)
In 1969, at the end of his career, he made 3 appearances for the Astros with 5IP, 0.00 ERA & 0.800 WHIP

IF Mendy Lopez (38)
Played in 10 games for Houston in 2001

Tweet of the Day


Tyler W. Burnett
Time to kill a deer

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fall and Winter League Updates

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
Dallas Keuchel had a very strong start for Salt River last night, giving up his first hit in the top of the 4th, and going 4IP 2H 1R/0ER 0BB 3SO.  If that wasn't impressive enough, Keuchel managed to get two pop outs to Bryce Harper and a ground out on Mike Trout (who also reached base against Keuchel on a force out/throwing error by the 2B).  Jacob Goebbert went 1-4 with a run scored.  Jason Stoffel and Josh Zeid each pitched one inning with identical lines, one hit and one strikeout for each.  The Salt River Rafters are now 7-2.

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE
The only Astros playing were in the Lara vs. Caracas game in which Oswaldo Navarro went (2-4 with 2 RBI) for Lara while Sutil went 0-1 with a walk for Caracas.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE
Games start tonight, but rosters are still not posted as of 7:00 a.m.

Today
Salt River vs. Phoenix at 2:35 CST
All scheduled Caribbean Winter League games are night games.

Baseball World Cup Update

Canada easily won its first game of the day over Venezuela 7-0, getting all of the runs that they needed in the first inning with help from Astros Emerson Frostad and Jimmy VanOstrand.  JVO was the DH and went 1-3 with an RBI while Frostad (normally a catcher) manned first base and went 1-3 with a double and 2 RBI's.

The second game for Canada wasn't quite so easy with a long rain delay starting in the bottom of the first. This time JVO was back at first base (going 0-3 but reaching on an error and scoring) and Frostad was behind the plate (going 2-3 with an RBI).  Canada prevailed over South Korea and has a good chance at getting to the finals.

The U.S. team won over Australia 2-1.  They will play two today to make up for Wednesday's rainouts.

Today's action
U.S. (2-3) vs. South Korea (2-4) at 11:00 a.m.
Canada (4-2) vs. Cuba (4-1) at 3:30 p.m.
U.S. vs. Venezuela (1-4) at 3:30 p.m.

Happy Birthday - 10/14

RHP Alberto Arias (28)
The oft-injured Arias hasn't pitched for Houston since 2009 when he went 2-1 with a 3.35 ERA in 42 appearances over 45.2 innings.  From the Dominican Republic, he was originally signed as a NDFA by Colorado and was picked up by Houston in 2008 as a waiver claim.

OF Jarrod McKinney (22)
Originally from Texas, Jarrod was drafted in the 31st round in 2011 out of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.  In 35 games with the GCL Astros, he hit only .182, but he did manage to hit .263 in 16 away games.

Former Astros with birthdays today:

SS,3B Kiko Garcia (58)
Played for Houston in 1981 and 1982

C Carl Nichols (49)
Played for Houston in 1989 to 1991

IF Dave Hajek (44)
Played in 13 games for Houston in 1995 and 1996

Tweet of the Day


Josh Zeid
are on fire!!!! We win again! How are all my tworld people tonight??

Roster Moves - 10/13

As expected, the Astros are clearing more space on the 40-Man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft in December.  The roster was at the full 40-Man complement (plus an additional four players on the 60-day DL that did not count against the 40) at the end of the season.  The first players outrighted were Blake King, Lance Pendleton and Xavier Cedeno, bringing the roster down to 37.

Yesterday, the Astros announced that three additional players were outrighted to OKC after passing through waivers - J.R. Towles, Jose Valdez and Alberto Arias.  Since Arias was on the 60-day DL, that only reduces the number by two, bringing the roster down to 35 and giving the Astros a little more wiggle room as they prepare to protect players from the Rule 5 draft.

Arias and Valdez can elect to become free agents and J. R. Towles will automatically become a free agent after the World Series.  The Astros can still attempt to re-sign them if they become free agents.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Arizona Fall League & Caribbean Winter League Updates

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
In Arizona Fall League action, Salt River won 10-5 over Scottsdale. Jay Austin got a start going 0-4 with an RBI (SF).  Kody Hinze went 1-4 with an RBI.

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE
Not many Astros saw action in the first day of the Venezuelan League.  Arcenio Leon (Zulia) had a rough first outing, pitching 0.0 innings, giving up 3H, 4ER and a walk in Zulia's loss to the Magallanes.  On the brighter side, Sergio Perez went 3.2 innings with 3H, 1ER, 0BB & 5SO in his start for Aragua in their win over Lara.  Oswaldo Navarro went 0-2 with a SO for Lara.

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Luis Durango went 0-4 with a SO in Obregon's win over Navajoa.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE
Starts tomorrow

Action today:
Scottsdale (3-4) @ Salt River (6-2) - 6:35 MST (8:35 CST)
Venezuelan League schedule is here but all teams play 7:00 CST tonight

Baseball World Cup Update

All of yesterday's action was rained out and all second round teams will be playing double-headers either today or tomorrow.  The games will be limited to seven innings.  Here is the story including current standings and the reconfigured schedule.

Today's games for Canada and U.S.A.
Canada (2-2) vs. Venezuela (1-3) - 11:00 a.m.
U.S. (1-3) vs. Australia (2-2) - 12:00
Canada (2-2) vs. S. Korea (1-3) - 3:30.

Happy Birthday - 10/13

RF Jonathan Gaston (25)
Originally from California, Gaston was drafted in the 7th round in 2008 out of the University of Arizona.  In his two seasons with Corpus Christi, he has been unable to duplicate his great 2009 season at Lancaster in which he hit 35 home runs and drove in 100.  This year, Gaston's numbers (.236 BA & 2.87 OBP) were hampered by a slow start and a terrible August.  But he did finish off the season on a high note, hitting .368 over the final 5 games.

3B David Flores (25)
Drafted out of Cal State Sacramento in the 18th round in 2008, Flores split his time in 2011 between Lancaster and Corpus Christi with mixed results.  At Lancaster, Flores hit .311 with a .371 OBP, but he hasn't been able to translate that success to Corpus yet, hitting .203 with a .264 OBP in that venue.  He ended the season with 21 doubles and 18 runs and a composite batting average of .251.

Former Astros with birthdays today:

IF Eddie Mathews (died 2/18/01 at 69)
Played 101 games for Houston in 1967 toward the end of his career

RHP Frank LaCorte (60)
Pitched for Houston from 1979 to 1983
Went 18-18 with a 4.03 ERA and a 1.338 WHIP

RHP Randy Moffitt (63)
Went 2-4 with a 3.02 ERA and a 1.176 WHIP while pitching for Houston in 1982

RHP Mike Capel (50)
Went 1-3 with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.469 WHIP while pitching for Houston in 1991

RHP Taylor Buchholz (30)
Went 6-10 with a 5.89 ERA and a 1.248 WHIP while pitching for Houston in 2006
Came to Houston with Ezequial Astacio & Brandon Duckworth for Billy Wagner
Went to Colorado with Jason Hirsch & Willy Taveras for Miguel Asencio & he-who-must-not-be-named

Tweet of the Day

Jordan Comadena

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how's your arm!? You gonna be ready to go this year?


David Duncan
its good I'm throwing at 75 ft. I should be 100% in the spring. And... how about those Bengals?!?!?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Arizona Fall League & Caribbean League Updates

The Salt River Rafters lost to the Suprise Saguaros 11-4 in Jason Castro's first action since suffering a ribcage injury in the instructional league in Florida.  It wasn't his best game, though, as he went 0-3 with a walk, allowed 2 stolen bases (caught one) and was charged with a passed ball.  Jacob Goebbert also had a rough night, going 0-4, but Kody Hinze had another strong night at the plate, going 2-4 with a double, 2 RBI's and 2 SO's.  Hinze is currently hitting .467.  Josh Zeid pitched one inning and gave up 3 hits, 2 runs and a walk.  Not a good day overall for Salt River.

In the Mexican Pacific league, Luis Durango went 1-6 with 2 SO's in a 10-7 loss to Navajoa.

The Venezuelan League starts today.

Next action:
Salt River (5-2) at Scottsdale (3-3) - 6:35 MST (8:35 CST)
Navajoa (0-1) at Obregon (0-1) - 7:35 MST (9:35 CST)
Margarita at Caracas - 4:00 VST (3:30 CST)
Magallanes at Zulia - 4:30 VST (4:00 CST)
Lara at Aragua - 5:30 VST (5:00 CST)

Baseball World Cup Update

Canada lost 7-0 to Australia due to great pitching from Ryan Searle of the Aussie team.  Jimmy VanOstrand managed to get the first of only three hits by the Canadian team.  Emerson Frostad did not play yesterday.

UPDATED TO ADD:  I totally forgot to post yesterday's U.S./Cuba results.  Cuba won 8-7 and here is the story.
Next Up
U.S. vs. Venezuela - 2:00 p.m.
Canada vs. South Korea (both teams are 0-1 in Round 2) - 7:30 p.m.

Happy Birthday - 10/12

RHP Jandel Gustave (19)
A non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic, Gustave just finished his second season with the DSL Astros.  I'm sorry.  I have finally met my match.  This kid is just awful.  I try to find something good to say on their birthdays but nobody can spin a 12.10 ERA and a WHIP of 3.000, not to mention a SO/BB ratio of 0.56 and 21 wild pitches in only 19.1 IP.  I got nuthin'.  Sorry, Jandel.  You have defeated me.  But Happy Birthday anyway.

Former Astro with a birthday today:

LHP Sid "El Sid" Fernandez (49)
Pitched in 1 game for Houston at the end of his career

Tweet of the Day


Greg Lucas FSH
You Don't Have to Move if you don't Approve!


If you haven't contacted Drayton or Bud yet to voice your objections to a move to the American League, here is the contact info and here is a sample letter.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Winter League Rosters

UPDATED AGAIN 12/8/11 to add Jimmy VanOstrand to the Toros Roster (DOM)

UPDATED 12/8/11 to add RHP Rhiner Cruz to the Gigantes roster (DOM) and SS Marwin Gonzalez to the Caracas roster (VEN)

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE - Started 10/12

Magallanes
LHP Gabriel Garcia
RHP David Martinez
RHP Jose Perdomo
RHP Carlos Quevedo
LHP Andy Van Hekken (Free Agent) - (signed with a team in S. Korea)
C Luis Alvarez
C Ernesto Genoves
C Federico Hernandez
2B Jose Altuve
CF Jose Monzon

Caracas
SS Wladimir Sutil (signed by Arizona)
SS Marwin Gonzalez

Zulia
RHP Arcenio Leon

Aragua
RHP Sergio Perez

Lara
SS Oswaldo Navarro (Free Agent)
OF Joe Thurston

La Guaira
LHP Sergio Escalona

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE - Started 10/11

Obregon
LF Luis Durango (Signed by Atlanta)

DOMINICAN LEAGUE - Started 10/14

Aguilas
OF Brian Bogusevic
SS Jonathan Villar

Gigantes
RHP Erick Abreu
2B Jimmy Paredes (listed as 2B but has played most games at 3B or DH)
RHP Enerio del Rosario
RHP Jose Cisnero

Escogido
1B Brett Wallace
RHP David Carpenter
RHP Jorge de Leon

Licey
2B Anderson Hernandez (Free Agent) - (Signed by Pittsburgh)
OF Domingo Santana
RHP Sammy Gervacio (Free Agent)
RHP Jose Valdez
RHP Henry Villar

Toros
RHP Jonnathan Aristil
RHP Aneury Rodriguez
LHP Fernando Abad
3B Diory Hernandez
1B Jimmy VanOstrand

Estrellas
RHP Wander Alvino
SS Miguel Arrendell (Released)
RHP Henry Sosa
RHP Mickey Storey

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE - Started 11/4

Criollos de Caguas
LHP Luis Cruz
C Roberto Pena

Gigantes de Carolina
LHP Xavier Cedeno
C Carlos Corporan
C Rene Garcia
2B Enrique Hernandez
RHP Adalberto Flores

Indios de Mayaguez
1B Koby Clemens (Free Agent)
SS Angel Sanchez

Leones de Ponce
C Robinson Cancel (Free Agent)
RHP Adalberto Flores (moved from Ponce to Carolina)
LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith (Free Agent)

AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE - Started 11/3/11

Sydney Blue Sox
CF Brandon Barnes

Baseball World Cup Stats - Round 1

Through Round 1 of the Baseball World Cup, this is how your Astros have done:

CANADIAN TEAM

Jimmy VanOstrand
.304/.407/.478/.885 with 1-2B 1HR 4RBI 4BB 2SO

Emerson Frostad
.385 with 2RBI 1BB 5SO

NICARAGUAN TEAM

Marlon Avea
.214 with 2BB 3SO

U.S. TEAM

Andy Van Hekken
2-0 with a 0.64 ERA 0.714 WHIP 5SO 1BB 1-3B

Arizona Fall League Update

The Salt River Rafters are now 5-1 after yesterday's decisive defeat (13-6) of the previously unbeaten Surprise Saguaros.  Kody Hinze went 3-5 with a HR, 2 RBI's and a walk and Jacob Goebbert went 1-4 with 2 walks and 2 SO's.  Jason Stoffel pitched a scoreless 6th inning with 1 walk and 3 SO's.

Next action
Salt River vs. Surprise at 6:35 MST (8:35 CST)

Baseball World Cup Update

The U.S. had to hope for a win by the previously winless Chinese Taipei over Puerto Rico on Sunday to stay alive.  And then they had to beat the 6-1 home team of Panama to advance to the next round in the Baseball World Cup.  Mission accomplished due to an extremely strong outing by Andy Van Hekken who pitched 8 innings, giving up only 5 hits and no runs.

I will post the schedule for the next round when it becomes available.
Next up:
Canada (6-1) vs. Australia (4-3) - 2:00 p.m.
U.S. (4-3) vs. Cuba (7-0) - 7:30 p.m.

Here's the story from Baseball America on yesterday's U.S. vs. Panama game plus info on how the standings work going into Round 2.

Happy Birthday - 10/11

No future Astros, only former Astros with birthdays today:

C Bob "Scrap Iron" Stinson (66)
Played in 27 games for Houston in 1972

RHP Gregg Olson (45)
Pitched in 9 games for the Astros in 1996

IF Ty Wigginton (34)
Ty came to Houston from Tampa Bay in a trade for Dan Wheeler and played primarily at third base.  His lifetime line over 10 seasons is .265/.325/.443/.768.  In Houston, he was .285/.347/.506/.854.  In addition to Houston and Tampa Bay, he has also played for the Mets, Pirates, Orioles (2010 All-Star) and, most recently, the Rockies.

Tweet of the Day


Josh Zeid
Chuck Norris would b impressed with these Salt River Rafters!! 5-1!

Roster Moves - 10/10/11

OKC
According to Zachary Levine, RHP Lance Pendleton elected free agency.  My personal opinion is that he is likely to re-sign with the Astros organization.  He wants to be in his home-town of Houston and Houston wants him enough that they've already picked him up twice.

CC
C Brian Esposito elected free agency.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Venezuelan League Update

The Venezuelan League starts Wednesday and the roster for the Magallanes shows the following players from the Astros organization participating:

LHP Gabriel Garcia
RHP David Martinez
RHP Jose Perdomo
RHP Carlos Quevedo

C Luis Alvarez
C Ernesto Genoves
C Federico Hernandez
C Humberto Quintero

2B Jose Altuve

CF Jose Monzon

Caribbean League News

No rosters have been posted yet so I am using information posted a few weeks ago by Zachary Levine.

Venezuelan League
Opening Day - 10/12/11
Jose Altuve - Magallanes

Dominican League
Opening Day - 10/14/11
Henry Sosa - Estrellas
Jimmy Paredes - Gigantes
Jonathan Villar - Aguilas
Brian Bogusevic - Aguilas
David Carpenter - Escogido
Brett Wallace - Escogido

Puerto Rican League
Opening Day - 11/4/11
Carlos Corporan - Carolina
Koby Clemens - Mayaguez
Also, Ryan Rowland-Smith tweeted that he would be participating.

When rosters are posted, I will confirm the above.

WTH 25-Man Roster - RH Relief Pitcher

As posted over the weekend, RF Adam Bailey won the fourth spot on the WTH roster.  Also receiving votes were Jacob Goebbert, Emilio King, Drew Muren and Domingo Santana.  Go here for more info on the What the Heck 25-Man Roster.

Next, let's pick our first relief pitcher.  Since there are so many relief pitchers in the organization, I had to get a little creative in order to whittle down the number to a manageable list.  So I picked RHP's who generally only pitched one inning per game (the actual cut-off was an average of 1.5 IP per appearance), but I did not include those used primarily as closers.  So these pitchers would be used primarily in the 7th and 8th innings.  The minimum number of appearances was a rather arbitrary 13.

There is no clear-cut winner in this one.  Do you go with Blake King and his .176 BA against?  How about Juan Mojica's 1.35 ERA?  Or Sammy Gervacio with his 1.071 WHIP.  And don't forget about Chris Hicks, Josh Zeid and Jason Stoffel, hand-picked by Astros management to represent the Astros in the Arizona Fall League.

I'm going to do the polling for the relief pitchers a bit differently.  I'm going to allow votes for multiple players and then we'll recycle the runners-up in a later poll as we fill our last 2 or 3 bullpen positions.  Vote for your top five choices.  I'll put you on the honor system.

Baseball World Cup Update

Emerson Frostad had another good game as the Canadian team defeated the U.S. team, going 2-5 with a stolen base and a run scored while teammate Jimmy VanOstrand was 0-3 with 2 walks and a run scored.  Andy Van Hekken did not pitch for the U.S. team.  Marlon Avea went 1-1 as a pinch hitter in Nicaragua's loss to Cuba.

After the U.S. team loss to Canada, they were on the verge of being eliminated.  Chinese Taipei, who had currently won ZERO games, had to beat Puerto Rico last night ... and they did.  Now the U.S. team (3-3) will play host country Panama (5-1) in a must win rain-delayed game at 2:00 today.  It would be interesting to see Van Hekken pitch in this one.

Canada will advance to Round 2.  Nicaragua will not.  And the U.S. is still a slim possibility. I will post the schedule when it has been determined.

Happy Birthday - 10/10

CF Ydarqui Marte (19)
A non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic, Marte first played for the DSL Astros in 2010, hitting .240 over 61 games in 2010.  In 2011, he hit only .122 over 17 games (injury issues?), but did manage a .273 BA vs. lefties and went 3-9 with runners in scoring position.

Former Astros with birthdays today:

SS Roger Metzger (64)
Played for Houston from 1971 to 1978, hitting .229 with a .291 OBP
Gold Glove in 1973
1st in Triples in NL in 1971 and 1973
1st in Fielding % for SS in NL in 1973 and 1976

UT IF Rob Sperring (62)
Played 58 games for Houston in 1977

Tweet of the Day


Bud Norris
Way to much "over celebrating" going on in the playoffs this year. Just play the game hard and make sure you win.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

WTH 25-Man Roster

The fourth player selected to the What the Heck 25-Man Roster was RF Adam Bailey.  Also receiving votes were Jacob Goebbert, Emilio King, Drew Muren and Domingo Santana.  (For more information on the WTH 25-Man Roster, go here.)

Coming Monday - Let's pick our first relief pitcher.

Baseball World Cup Update

The Canadian team won in 11 innings over previously unbeaten Netherlands.  And who was the hero?  Not Jimmy VanOstrand this time (going 0-5 but playing solid defense), but Emerson Frostad who came in to pinch hit, stayed in to catch and got an RBI single in the top of the 11th that proved to be the game-winner.

U.S.A. and Panama was postponed because of rain.  Marlon Avea went 0-2 with a walk in Nicaragua's loss to the Dominican Republic,

Today's Games:
U.S.A ( 3-2) and Canada (5-1) are set to face off at 2:00 p.m.
Nicaragua (1-5) will face Cuba (6-0) at 7:30 p.m.

Arizona Fall League Update

In Jay Austin's first action in the fall league, he went 2-5 with an RBI in the Salt River Rafter's win over the Mesa Solar Sox.  Josh Zeid pitched a scoreless 8th with 1BB and 1SO and got the win.

Next Game:
Salt River Rafters (4-1) vs. Surprise Saguaros (4-0) Monday at 12:35 MST (2:35 CST)

Happy Birthday - 10/9

RHP Nathan Pettus (23)
Drafted out of community college in Oklahoma in the 27th round of the 2008 draft, Nathan has had some injury issues and sat out most of 2011.  In 2009, playing between Greeneville and Tri-City, he posted a 2.11 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 25 appearances.  He was limited to 7 appearances (between the GCL and Lexington) in 2010 with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.   This season he pitched in 5 games with the GCL Astros in August as a part of his rehab.

Former Astros with birthdays today:

UT Joe Pepitone (71)
Played in 75 games for Houston in 1970

RHP Brian Powell (died 10/5/09 at age 35)
Pitched in 10 games for the Astros in 2000 and 2001

LHP Mark McLemore (31)
Pitched in 29 games in 2007
Went 3-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP

Tweet of the Day


Jimmy VanOstrand
unbelievable win for 5-4 in 11 innings. Lot of grinders on this team!!