Wednesday, March 19, 2014

This and That

Between traveling to Spring Training and that whole "real job" thing, I've gotten a little behind on things. I had hoped to have the depth analysis on catchers in the Astros organization ready this week, but alas and alack, it was not meant to be. I'll have those for you next week. In the meantime, I've also fallen woefully behind on sharing links and other news that I didn't want my readers to miss. So here goes ....

BIG LEAGUE CAMP
As you probably already know, seven players were re-assigned to minor league camp while I was in Florida: LHP Rudy Owens, RHP Jose Cisnero, RHP Collin McHugh, C Tyler Heineman, RHP Chia-Jen Lo, RHP Jorge de Leon and RHP Rhiner Cruz which leaves us with a current total of 44 players in big league camp. They are:

PITCHERS
RHP Matt Albers
RHP Mark Appel
RHP Anthony Bass
LHP Kevin Chapman
RHP Jarred Cosart
RHP Jesse Crain
LHP Darin Downs
RHP Scott Feldman
RHP Josh Fields
RHP Mike Foltynewicz
RHP Lucas Harrell
LHP Dallas Keuchel
RHP Peter Moylan
LHP Brett Oberholtzer
RHP Brad Peacock
RHP Chad Qualls
LHP Raul Valdes
RHP Alex White
RHP Jerome Williams
RHP Asher Wojciechowski
RHP Josh Zeid

CATCHERS
Jason Castro
Carlos Corporan
Rene Garcia
Carlos Perez

INFIELDERS
Jose Altuve
Japhet Amador
Chris Carter
Carlos Correa
Matt Dominguez
Marwin Gonzalez
Jesus Guzman
Cesar Izturis
Marc Kraus (IF/OF)
Gregorio Petit
Jon Singleton
Jonathan Villar

OUTFIELDERS
Adron Chambers
Delino DeShields
Dexter Fowler
Robbie Grossman
L.J. Hoes
J.D. Martinez
George Springer

OFF-SEASON TRANSACTIONS
I have also updated my ongoing list of off-season transactions with the minor league cuts from yesterday and made note of the free agent signing of RHP Hector Ambriz by the Padres.

LINKS AND VIDEO
And, finally, here are some things you might have missed that are well worth your time.

Peter Gammons waxes rhapsodic about Carlos Correa and George Springer.

The Quad City River Bandits received their Midwest Championship rings on Sunday evening and Carlos Correa addressed the team:


More from Correa, Lance McCullers, Manager Omar Lopez and Director of Player Development Quinton McCracken:


Baseball America takes a look at the Astros 2013 International Signings (insider only).

Jose de Jesus Ortiz tells us about the Astros effort to help Latin players successfully assimilate.

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