Friday, March 30, 2012

More Releases and Retirements

The following retirements and releases have been confirmed.

We already knew about a couple of voluntary retirements, but there are more to report:

RHP Steve Martin - Drafted in the 37th round in 2011.  Played last season at Greeneville.  UPDATED TO ADD:  As I was reminded in the comment below, this is why I was rooting for Steve Martin to make it (from August of 2011).

1B Justin Shults - Drafted in the 46th round in 2011.  Played last season with the GCL Astros.

In addition, the following players were released:

RHP Ebert Rosario - Signed out of the Dominican Republic prior to the 2006 season.  A converted position player, he played last season at Tri-City.

1B Jimmy Van Ostrand - Drafted in the 8th round in 2006.  Played the last 4 seasons at Corpus Christi.

3B David Flores - Drafted in the 18th round in 2008.  Split last season between Corpus Christi and Lancaster.

RHP Lance Pendleton - Re-signed as a free agent in November 2011 after pitching in 4 games in Houston in September.


  1. Steve Martin would have been the first player from Swaziland to play in the Major Leagues. Long shot, but would have made for a pretty interesting story.

  2. Surprised about Flores and Van Ostrand!
    Flores made some of the most exciting plays last season and Van Ostrand...his name alone carries clout at Whataburger Field! Super sad!!!! He has a stellar winer ball season, so this comes as a surprise.
    Flores was affectionately known as "rubber man" due to his amazing show of flexibility in make some seemingly impossible plays!