Showing posts with label Justin Maxwell. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Justin Maxwell. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Happy Birthday - 11/6

One former Astro celebrates today ~

OF Justin Maxwell (30)
Originally drafted by Washington in the fourth round in 2005, Maxwell was claimed off waivers from the Yankees in April 2012. In 164 games for Houston in 2012 and 2013, he hit .232/.306/.438 with 23 doubles, five triples and 20 home runs. Maxwell was traded to Kansas City in July 2013 for minor league RHP Kyle Smith.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Roster Moves

Corpus Christi
OF Justin Maxwell assigned to Corpus Christi for rehab assignment
SS Jio Mier activated from the bereavement list
1B Zach Johnson placed on the temporary inactive list

RHP Cameron Lamb assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
SS Jean Batista assigned from Lancaster to Extended Spring Training

Quad Cities
RHP Juan Minaya assigned from Extended Spring Training to Quad Cities

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Roster Moves

OF Justin Maxwell placed on the 15-day DL
OF Robbie Grossman assigned from Oklahoma City to Houston

LF Telvin Nash activated from the DL
LHP Kenny Long activated from the DL
2B Raoul Torrez placed on the Temporary Inactive List

LHP Joe Bircher assigned from Extended Spring Training to Quad Cities (Note: This was effective Sunday and he was just sent down five days prior to that.)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Astros Spring Training Photos

I have uploaded a great many of my photos from Spring Training and they can be found here. I haven't had time to label them with player names yet, but will try to do so over the weekend. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorites.

Brandon Barnes

Justin Maxwell

Ben Heath strapping on the gear

Cesar Cedeno looking good back in orange and blue

Mike Kvasnicka, Adam Bailey and Erik Castro
taking it all in at major league camp

Ready for work

George Springer

Brandon Barnes showing Jose Altuve some love

Photos by Jayne Hansen
 All Rights Reserved*

*The players and coaches featured in these photos are hereby granted permission to use these photos for personal use. All other uses require permission and acknowledgment. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Blogger Q&A with Astros OF Justin Maxwell

Several members of the Astros blogging community went speed-dating this past weekend at Minute Maid Park. Well, not really, but it felt like that at times as Astros personnel and players dashed from table to table to grant us quick interviews. I sat with Terri of Tales from the Juice Box and Chris Perry, repping The Crawfish Boxes.

First up was Justin Maxwell. Since I write from a minor league perspective, I wanted to know about how he handled the inevitable frustrations of his slow and steady journey to the big leagues and what advice he might have for players impatient for a faster trajectory.

Justin Maxwell - Fan Fest 2013
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Maxwell, who was drafted in 2005, talked to me about expectations and realities starting with 2007 after he had been placed on the 40-man roster. "I came into Spring Training hoping to make the team. I figured if I played well, I'd make the team. I had a pretty good Spring Training that year, [but] came to find out late in Spring Training [that I was going] to AA so to me that was kind of a shock. It was my first introduction to the options process. My advice would be to always play well. Don't get frustrated with the situations that you can't control. Because that's what I did. [In 2009], I was up and down a little bit. 2010 was really frustrating. I was up and down a lot, about five times, and I kind of let that affect my play in the minor league level a little bit, but you just realize that there's a lot of teams watching you at all times so it's always in your favor to really play well. Nobody cares about what you're going through off the field. They want to see you perform on the field so if you can control what you can control at the plate or in the field, just focus on baseball. The rest will take care of itself."

I also asked Maxwell one of my standard minor league player interview questions about which pitcher on the team he would least like to face in the batter's box. He joked about Lucas Harrell and Bud Norris being "no big deal" before he singled out Rhiner Cruz as an exceptional talent. "He's got an amazing arm. If he can get those secondary pitches over for strikes, he's going to be a special player. Not many guys can throw 97 on a consistent basis, day in and day out."

We talked a little about his goals for himself in 2013; playing centerfield and hitting to centerfield in Minute Maid Park; and playing in the American League, but a major focus of the interview was team leadership. Maxwell spoke of Brett Myers and Chris Snyder establishing a veteran presence in 2012, "I liked to pick their brains and listen to them when they would talk about the game because they'd been in the game for so long." He anticipates that Carlos Pena, "one of the nicest people I've come into contact with in baseball" will provide that type of leadership in 2013.

But I wanted to know which younger players on the team were poised to evolve into leadership roles. "Hopefully, it's myself. I've been in situations like this before as one of the older players, and I was one of the older players last year. I'm usually not as vocal as I should be. Hopefully, I can take more of a leadership role this year."

On a team like the Astros, leaders will need to emerge organically from among the younger players. But leadership cannot be forced on the unwilling. Someone must be prepared to take on the mantle and Justin Maxwell appears to be more than willing. As an excellent communicator with a clear vision, I think he will succeed in establishing himself in the clubhouse.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Happy Birthday - 11/6

OF Justin Maxwell (29)
Originally drafted by Washington in the fourth round in 2005, Maxwell was claimed off waivers from the Yankees in April 2012. In 124 games for Houston in 2012, he hit .229/.304/.460 with 13 doubles, three triples and 18 home runs. In 28 at-bats as a pinch hitter in 2012, he hit .250 with three home runs and six RBI.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Roster Moves - 7/9

Oklahoma City
RHP David Carpenter was optioned from Houston to OKC to make room for Wilton Lopez coming off the DL.
3B Matt Dominguez was optioned from Houston to OKC.

Corpus Christi
OF Justin Maxwell was assigned from Oklahoma City to Corpus Christi to continue his rehab assignment.

DSL Astros
SS Hector Roa was assigned to the DSL.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Roster Moves - 7/6

Oklahoma City
OF Justin Maxwell was sent to Oklahoma City on a rehab assignment.

Corpus Christi
RHP Jarred Cosart was placed on the 7-day DL (blister).

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Roster Moves - 4/9

OF Justin Maxwell was picked up off waivers from the Yankees and immediately made his mark by clubbing an Astros home run in his first at-bat in his first game.  In order to make room for Maxwell, Fernando Abad was optioned to Oklahoma City.