Saturday, December 29, 2012

Winter League Recaps

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE

Magallanes over Margarita 10-1
After a very successful season with the Liga Paralela in Venezuela, RHP Carlos Quevedo made his first appearance for the Magallanes last night, pitching two scoreless innings with two hits, no walks and two strikeouts.

La Guaira over Aragua 7-5
Jose Martinez went 0-for-1 with two walks as the DH for Aragua before being lifted for a pinch hitter.

PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE

Mayaguez over Carolina 8-7 in 10 innings
2B Kiké Hernandez went 1-for-5 with a walk, strikeout, RBI and run scored for Carolina. C Rene Garcia went hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout.

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

Hermosillo over Mazatlan 5-2
*RHP Erick Abreu pitched another perfect inning of relief, striking out two. He hasn't allowed a hit, run or walk in his three appearances since joining the league.

*Free Agent

Happy Birthday - 12/29

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Enderson Franco (20)
Signed as a non-drafted free agent out of Venezuela, Franco was in his second season with the GCL Astros in 2012. In 10 appearances (seven starts), he was 3-2 with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.540 WHIP.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

OF James Mouton (44)
Drafted by the Astros in the seventh round in 1991, Mouton played for Houston from 1994 to 1997, hitting .249/.321/.338 in 411 games. He was traded to the Padres in January 1998.

IF Tomas Perez (39)
Perez signed with the Astros as a free agent in November 2007 and played in only eight games for Houston in 2008, hitting .200 in 10 at-bats.

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David Rollins
Spring training is coming in hot

Friday, December 28, 2012

Winter League Recaps

PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE

Mayaguez over Carolina 3-2
C Carlos Corporan went 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in Carolina's loss while 2B Kiké Hernandez was hitless in five at-bats with a strikeout.

Caguas over Santurce 4-0
C Roberto Peña was 0-for-3 with an RBI for Caguas.

Ponce over Manati 11-9 in 15 innings
*RHP Adalberto Flores came in to face one batter and quickly induced a double play for Ponce. Former Astro Reggie Abercrombie finally ended the marathon in the 15th inning with a two-run home run.

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE

Escogido over Aguilas 8-2
*RHP Enerio del Rosario stranded his two inherited runners and pitched one and a third perfect innings for Aguilas in the first game of the round robin playoffs.

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

Hermosillo over Mexicali 12-7
*RHP Erick Abreu pitched a scoreless inning in relief for Hermosillo, allowing no hits and no walks while striking out two.

*Free Agent

Happy Birthday - 12/28

Happy Birthday to ~

C Ryan McCurdy (25)
Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2010, McCurdy played at three different levels in the 2012 season as he pitched in to cover as catcher injuries mounted up. In 55 games between Lancaster, Corpus Christi and Lexington, he hit .203/.348/.287.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

RHP Jose Sosa (60)
Signed by the Astros as a free agent from the Dominican Republic in 1970, Sosa pitched in 34 games for Houston in 1975 and 1976 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.636 WHIP.

1B/3B Ray Knight (60)
A 10th round pick by the Reds in 1970, Knight came to Houston in a December 1981 trade which sent Cesar Cedeno to the Reds. In 391 games played for the Astros from 1982 to 1984, he hit .283/.331/.393. Knight was an All-Star for the Reds in 1980 and for Houston in 1982. The Astros traded him to the Mets in August of 1984; he was World Series MVP for New York in 1986.

IF Bill Hall (33)
Originally drafted by Milwaukee in the sixth round in 1998, Hall signed with Houston as a free agent in December 2010. In 46 games for the Astros in 2011, he hit .224/.272/.340. Since being released by Houston, he has gone on to play in the Giants, Yankees and Orioles organizations. He is currently a free agent.

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Asher Wojciechowski
Almost ran over Bambi on my bike ride out here at kiawah
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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Winter League Recaps

PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE

Mayaguez over Carolina 6-5
2B Kiké Hernandez went 2-for-5 with a double and scored a run for Carolina. C Rene Garcia went 0-for-3 with a strikeout before being pinch hit for by Carlos Corporan who went 1-for-1 and stayed in to catch.

Ponce over Manati 8-3
*RHP Adalberto Flores (W, 2-1) got the start for Ponce and pitched five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk with one strikeout to earn the win.

Caguas over Santurce 9-1
C Roberto Peña went 1-for-4 with a two-run single and a strikeout in Caguas' win.

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

Mexicali over Hermosillo 9-2
RHP Edgar Gonzalez pitched six innings in his start for Hermosillo, allowing one run on eight hits and a walk with five strikeouts and got a no-decision. *RHP Erick Abreu, who had just finished up a very successful season with the Gigantes team in the Dominican Republic, pitched in his first game for Hermosillo. He pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts.

*Free Agent

Happy Birthday - 12/27

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Tyson Perez (23)
Drafted in the 17th round in 2011 out of Fresno Community College, Perez went from pitching his first season with the Rookie League Greeneville Astros in 2011 to pitching with the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks in 2012 when organizational injuries and promotions gave him an unexpected opportunity. In 21 starts for Lancaster, he was 9-5 with a 5.09 ERA and a 1.508 WHIP. Perez was 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.000 WHIP in post-season pitching.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

1B Norm Larker (died March 12, 2007 at 76)
Drafted from the Dodgers in the 1961 expansion draft, Larker played in 147 games for the Colt .45's in 1962, hitting .263/.358/.374. Larker was an All-Star for the Dodgers in 1960 and won a World Series with that team in 1959.

OF Byron Browne (70)
Browne came to the Astros in a May 1968 trade with the Cubs and played in only 10 games for Houston that season, hitting .231/.412/.231, before being purchased by the Cardinals in February 1969.

CF Michael Bourn (30)
Originally drafted by the Phillies in the fourth round in 2003, Bourn came to Houston as part of the November 2007 trade that sent Brad Lidge to the Phillies. In 541 games played for the Astros from 2008 to 2011, Bourn hit .271/.337/.359 with 193 stolen bases. He won Gold Gloves in 2009 and 2010 for Houston and was an All-Star in 2010. In July 2011, he was traded to Atlanta where he earned another All-Star bid in 2012. He is currently a free agent.

SS Craig Reynolds (60)
A first round pick by the Pirates in 1971, Reynolds came to the Astros in a December 1978 trade with the Mariners. In 1170 games played for Houston from 1979 to 1989, he hit .252/.286/.345. Reynolds was an All-Star in 1978 for Seattle and in 1979 for Houston.

LHP Nate Bland (38)
Originally drafted by the Dodgers in the fourth round in 1993, Bland was drafted by Houston from the Mets in the December 2002 rule 5 draft. In 22 appearances for the Astros in 2003, he had a 5.75 ERA and a 1.672 WHIP.

Tweet of the Day

Christian García

I have occasion to live in my own little world, but I can promise you it's a great place.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Tweets of the Day

No birthdays today and no Astros playing in winter league ball, so indulge in a few extra tweets of the day. Hope everyone had a wonderful time with family and friends.

Adam scott bailey

Nothin like wrapping at 630 am. Procrastination at its finest

JJ_Jankowski33's avatar

Merry Christmas to all the Astros people out there!

Rafael Valenzuela

Feliz Navidad a todos! Dios los bendiga

Kevin Comer

My gifts this year were so..... Mature. Weirddd

Andrew Robinson

I've learned and accepted my role on Christmas morning. Drive to the store and get ice.

kenny long

Heading over for my family Christmas gathering mandatory pajamas dress code

Austin Elkins

Happy happy happy Christmas 

Travis Ballew

Is that powered sugar falling from the sky? 

Justin Gominsky

Nothing like packing a bunch of Assyrians in one house for a party

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Birthday - 12/25

No future Astros, only former Astros with birthdays today ~

2B Nellie Fox (died December 1, 1975 at 47)
Fox came to Houston in a Deccember 1963 trade with the White Sox and played in 154 games for the Colt .45's and the Astros in 1964 and 1965 at the end of his career, hitting .265/.317/.319. A 12-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner, and 1959 AL MVP, Fox was voted into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1997.

IF Julio Gonzalez (60)
Gonzalez came to the Astros in a December 1976 trade with the Cubs and played for Houston from 1977 to 1980, hitting .235/.270/.288 in 296 games.

OF Telmanch "Ty" Gainey (52)
Drafted by the Astros in the second round in 1979, Gainey played in 57 games for Houston from 1985 to 1987, hitting .216/.293/.288.

CF Willy Taveras (31)
Taveres was drafted by Houston from Cleveland in the December 2003 Rule 5 draft and played for the Astros from 2004 to 2006, hitting .284/.329/.340. In 2005, he came in second in Rookie of the Year voting to Ryan Howard. In December of 2006, Tavares was included in a trade to the Rockies for he-who-must-not-be-named.

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Jose Altuve
Feliz Navidad para todosssssss

Monday, December 24, 2012

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

I'm re-posting this from last week now that it really is Christmas Eve.

'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS - ASTROS MINOR LEAGUE STYLE

'Twas the night before Christmas, when out on the field
Not a creature was stirring, all the entries were sealed.
The stockings were hung in the clubhouse with care,
In hopes that St. Luhnow soon would be there.

St. Luhnow - photo circa 2011
(before uniform color change from brick red to orange/blue)
Courtesy of our very own Andy aka Houston Sports Counterplot

The players were nestled all snug in their beds,
Dreams of major league call-ups danced in their heads.
As Rodney and Tony D. called it a night,
Bodie and Omar turned out the lights.

When out in the park there arose such a clatter,
The clubby arose to see what was the matter.
Away to the windows the Managers sped,
And looked out to find what had roused them from bed.

The moon hit the crest of the newly raked mound,
Amid glittering dewdrops which shone all around.
When, what to their wondering eyes should appear,
But a rocket-ship sleigh, and eight strapping reindeer.

Once spying this wonderous carriage on high,
They knew in a moment St. Jeff was nearby.
More rapid than fastballs his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Springer! now, Cosart! McCullers and Rio!
On, Houser! On, Carlos! On Folty and Lino!
Over the top deck and over the eye!
All my young rookies are learning to fly!"

Just as quickly as Singleton hits the ball out,
When a fastball meanders along the wrong route,
So up to the nose-bleeds the coursers they flew,
With a sleigh full of Prospects, and St. Luhnow too.

Then I heard high above o'er the upper deck seats
The clicking and clacking of copious cleats.
The Managers stood in awe and dismay
As St. Luhnow slowly arose from his sleigh.

He wore orange and blue and a bright shining star,
And his clothing was smudged with field dirt and pine tar.
Myriad scouting reports bulged from his pack,
With advanced analytics, stack after stack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his smile pearly white!
An affable nod told you all would be right!
His hair was all peppered with silver and gray.
An impression of confidence, he did convey.

A multi-function calculator held tight in his grip,
And a smart phone holstered alongside his hip.
He had a nice face and was fit as a fiddle,
After time in the gym (I'd say more than a little). 

He was calm and collected, in total control,
And all were encouraged, inspired by his goal! 
In the blink of an eye, to the clubhouse he sprang.
He drew towards the lockers where stockings did hang.

Stuffing them quickly with promise and dreams,
Success in the future and victorious teams.
St. Luhnow then suddenly bade us goodbye
As the home run spectacular flashed 'cross the sky.

He leapt in his sleigh, "Oye¡ Vamos! Let's go!"
And away they did fly o'er the field far below. 
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Seven weeks 'til Spring Training! Oh, what a delight!"

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I'd like to wish all my readers a Very Happy Holiday Season,
and a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.

Winter League Recaps

PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE

Carolina over Manati 11-4 
For Carolina, 2B Kiké Hernandez went 2-for-4 with an RBI via a bases-loaded hit by pitch. He also scored two runs. C Carlos Corporan was 1-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run and he scored two runs as well. Carlos Correa came into the game as a late inning defensive replacement at short and went 0-for-1 with a strikeout while teammate Jobduan Morales was also a late substitution at first base, but did not get any at-bats.

Mayaguez over Caguas 3-1
C Roberto Pena was 0-for-3 with a strikeout for Caguas.

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE

Zulia over Aragua 12-8

2B José Martinez went 1-for-5 in Aragua’s loss.

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kenny long
Found this gem of a family pic  
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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Winter League Recaps

PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE

Carolina over Manati 5-2 in 7 innings (Game 1)
Kiké Hernandez went 1-for-2 with a walk and scored two runs for Carolina while starting at second and ending at third base. C Rene Garcia went 1-for-2 with a solo home run. Carlos Correa came in as a defensive replacement at short and did not get an at-bat.

Carolina over Manati 4-1 in 7 innings (Game 2)
Kiké Hernandez started at second and moved to third in the second game as well. He was 1-for-3 with a walk and scored a run. Hernandez is now hitting .325/.385/.496 for the winter and .412 over his last five games. Carlos Correa came in to pinch run and stayed in to play short; he didn't get an at-bat. C Carlos Corporan was 1-for-3 with a strikeout.

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE

Escogido over Gigantes 5-2
*RHP Enerio del Rosario allowed an inherited runner to score, but wasn't charged with any runs of his own in one inning of hitless work for the Gigantes while teammate RHP Rhiner Cruz allowed one run on one hit and a walk with one strikeout in two-thirds of an inning of work.

LIGA PARALELA

The Liga Paralela (which is more or less the Venezuelan equivalent of the minor leagues) had their championship final games on Thursday and Friday and the Magallanes team prevailed over Tampa Bay's Venezuelan team. Astros catcher Luis Alvarez was perfect behind the plate catching both of the games for Magallanes, and he was close to perfect at the plate as well. In the two games, he went 6-for-7 with two home runs, five RBI and scored three runs.

RHP Carlos Quevedo did not pitch in the finals, having pitched in the semi-finals, but was credited for helping the Magallanes get to the playoffs with his terrific season. In nine games (five starts), he was 5-1 with a 1.38 ERA and a 0.949 WHIP. He had five walks to 35 strikeouts in 39 innings.

*Free Agent

Happy Birthday - 12/23

Only former Astros with birthdays today

RHP Al "Bozo" Cicotte (died November 29, 1982 at 52)
Purchased from the Cardinals in October 1961, Cicotte pitched in five games for the Colt 45's in 1962 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.929 WHIP.

RHP Brad "Lights Out" Lidge (36)
A first round draft pick by Houston in 1998, Lidge played for the Astros from 2002 to 2007 with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.197 WHIP and 123 saves in 378 games. He was an All-Star for Houston in 2005 when he had 42 saves in 70 games. Lidge was traded, along with Eric Bruntlett, to the Phillies for Mike Costanzo, Michael Bourn and Geoff Geary in November of 2007. In 2008 he was on the All-Star team for the Phillies and won a World Series with them. He last played for the Washington Nationals, but was released by them in June 2012. Lidge announced earlier this month that he plans to retire.

RHP Shawn Chacon (35)
Originally drafted by the Rockies in the third round in 1996, Chacon started 15 games for Houston in 2008, going 2-3 with a 5.04 ERA and a 1.506 WHIP. He was an All-Star for the Rockies in 2003. For some reason, I can't help but get choked up whenever I think of Chacon.

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Joe Musgrove
So who am I payin to do my Christmas shopping next year? Hating life right now ?