Thursday, March 27, 2014

Astros Minor League Roster Moves/Transactions

Word came out this morning of a couple more Astros minor league player releases:

RHP Erick Gonzalez, drafted in the 15th round in 2012 out of GateWay Community College in Arizona, was 3-5 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.556 WHIP in 20 bullpen appearances with the Gulf Coast League Astros in 2013.

RHP Alan Abreu, was a non-drafted free agent out of Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina, and the story of his signing was an interesting one. He only pitched in one game for the Greeneville Astros in 2013.

In addition, it was announced that Jack Armstrong, Jr., the Astros third round pick in 2011 is retiring. He recently attempted to make the switch from the mound to first base after multiple injuries derailed his pitching career.

Also, I reached out to the Astros front office to enquire about 1B/DH Chase Davidson. Although he is still showing as active on MiLB.com, he did retire over the off-season. Davidson was first drafted by the Astros in the third round in 2008, but did not sign. He was re-drafted in the 41st round in 2011. Davidson had played in only a handful of games over the last two seasons, presumably due to injuries.

Finally, in case you missed it from yesterday, Peter Moylan and the Astros have parted company. Moylan tweeted this out yesterday evening ~



I have updated my ongoing off-season transaction list with these moves.

UPDATED with a couple of major league roster moves:

OF Alex Presley was claimed off waivers from the Twins and added to the Astros 40-man roster. In order to make room for him, LHP Raul Valdes was designated for assignment.

6 comments:

  1. Any idea when the AA roster will be announced? - a Hooks fan

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    1. I was told that the official rosters won't be made public until Tuesday or Wednesday. I will post them as soon as I get them in my hot little hands, though!

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    2. Thanks Jayne. The Hooks have a practice and meet&greet players on Monday @ Whataburger field. Hoping for a sneak preview of who is on the roster - Correa or Apel would be sweet.

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    3. The newspaper is reporting that Appel and Correa will start in Lancaster, but it shouldn't take them long to get to Corpus.

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  2. The JetHawks play at 5pm on Tuesday. lol Guess they can change into their uniforms on the plane.

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    1. Ha! Well, the players know where they're going, but I think they've been sworn to secrecy! As far as I know, everybody is traveling on Sunday so I'm sure some of the roster info will leak out then (if not sooner).

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