Tuesday, November 4, 2014

An Update on the 2010 Draft Class

Over the last few weeks, we've been looking back at some of the Astros draft classes to see where things stand. Today we'll look at 2010, the third class from the Ed Wade/Bobby Heck era. Let's look at the numbers:

52 players drafted
35 players signed
10 players still in the Astros system (plus one re-drafted in 2013)
28 players still active in either college or organized baseball in 2014*

26 position players drafted/16 signed/3 still in the system
13 from high school/5 signed/3 still in the system
1 from junior college/1 signed/0 still in the system
12 from college/10 signed/0 still in the system

26 pitchers drafted/19 signed/7 still in the system
11 from high school/4 signed/4 still in the system
2 from junior college/2 signed/1 still in the system
13 from college/13 signed/2 still in the system

*Of the 28 players who were still active in either college or organized baseball in 2014, four are players who did not sign with Houston, but later signed with other teams, six were still playing in college in 2014, one was released by the Astros but was still playing in independent ball, six were traded, and ten are left in the system from the original draft, plus one was re-drafted by the Astros and is still in the system.

Here is a little on each of them. Active Astros players are in bold. The position shown is the position at which the player was drafted, and I have also indicated in parentheses whether they were drafted out of high school (HS), junior college (JC) or college (C).

1. 2B Delino DeShields (HS)

DeShields, who turned 22 in August, spent his 2014 season roaming the outfield for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks where he hit .236/.346/.360 with 14 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 57 RBI and 54 stolen bases in 114 games. For his career, he is hitting .267/.362/.396.

1. RHP Mike Foltynewicz (HS)

Foltynewicz was drafted with the Tigers first round pick as compensation for losing free agent RHP Jose Valverde. Folty was the second of the Astros signed picks from 2010 to make his major league debut (August 2, 2014). In 21 games (18 starts) in 2014 for the AAA Oklahoma City team, he had a 7-7 record with a 5.08 ERA and a 1.461 WHIP (3.98 ERA and 1.404 WHIP MiLB career). In 16 bullpen appearances for Houston this season, he had a 5.30 ERA and a 1.607 WHIP. Folty just turned 23 in October.

1s. 3B/C Mike Kvasnicka (C) - Traded in 2013.

Kvasnicka was a supplemental pick, also received for losing Valverde. He was traded to the Twins for RHP Gonzalo Sanudo in March 2013. He played outfield for the Twins AA affiliate in 2014 and has a career batting line of .257/.303/.400.

2. RHP Vince Velasquez (HS)

Velasquez started and finished his 2014 season at Lancaster, with a side trip to the Gulf Coast League to rehab a groin injury. In 18 games (13 starts), he was 7-5 with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.172 WHIP. He just turned 22 in June.

Vince Velasquez - September 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

3. 2B Austin Wates (C) - Traded in 2014

Wates (who never played second base in the organization and was an outfielder from day one) was included in the July 2014 trade to Miami, along with RHP Jarred Cosart and utility player Kiké Hernandez, in exchange for OF Jake Marisnick, RHP Francis Martes and 3B Colin Moran. Wates has a .299/.376/.409 career batting line.

4. RHP Bobby Doran (JC) - Traded in 2014

Doran was traded in July 2014 to the White Sox for SS Jeffry Santos. Cumulatively for the season, Doran was 7-6 with a 5.43 ERA and a 1.532 WHIP in his first full season at AAA. For his career, he is 37-22 with a 4.89 ERA and a 1.415 WHIP.

5. C Ben Heath (C) - Released in 2013

Prior to his release in March 2013, Ben Heath played in the system for three seasons, hitting .269/.340/.433 in 211 games. He had a 24% caught stealing rate.

6. RHP Adam Plutko (HS) - Did not sign

Plutko was drafted by Cleveland in the 11th round in 2013 out of the University of California at Los Angeles. After spending 2013 on the DL, Plutko saw his first action in 2014, splitting his season between Low A and High A and compiling a 4.03 ERA and a 1.189 WHIP in 28 starts.

7. C Roberto Peña (HS)

Peña spent his 2014 season with High A Lancaster, hitting .249/.306/.414. In his 93 games behind the plate, he caught a rather ridiculous 57% of would-be base stealers (ridiculous in a good way). Pena turned 22 in June.

8. RHP Jake Buchanan (C)

Buchanan beat Folty to the major leagues by about six weeks and was the first out of this draft class to make the leap. He debuted with the Astros on June 21st. In 17 games (two starts), he was 1-3 with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.500 WHIP. With Oklahoma City in 2014, he was 7-5 with a 3.87 ERA and a 1.257 WHIP in 16 games (15 starts). Buchanan turned 25 in late September.

9. LHP Tommy Shirley (C)

Shirley had a breakout season between AA Corpus Christi and AAA Oklahoma City in 2014, compiling a 7-5 record with a combined 2.53 ERA and 1.099 WHIP in 30 games (16 starts). He will be 26 in November.

10. LHP Evan Grills (HS)

Grills split his season between Low A Quad Cities and High A Lancaster, ending the season with a 5-6 record, 3.43 ERA and 1.301 WHIP. Grills just turned 22 in June.

11. 3B Kyle Redinger (HS) - Released in 2012

Redinger played in only 101 games over three seasons, hitting .186/.268/.234.

12. RHP Andrew Robinson (C) - Traded in 2014

Robinson was traded to the Braves in July 2014 for a PTBNL. The player, 19-year old Australian 1B Jared Cruz, came into the Astros system after the minor league season ended. in a total of 43 games between Corpus Christi, Oklahoma City and the Braves AA affiliate, Robinson had a 2.45 ERA and a 1.163 WHIP.

13. 2B Davis Duren (C) - Did not sign

Duren went back to Oklahoma State for his senior year. It appears that he never played professionally.

14. OF Jordan Scott (HS)

Except for a brief fill-in stint for Corpus Christi in June, Scott spent his entire 2014 season with Lancaster until a thumb injury sidelined him in mid-July. In 58 games, he hit .294/.350/.431 with 13 doubles, seven triples and a home run. Scott turned 23 in September.

15. RHP Jamaine Cotton (JC)

Cotton spent his entire season with High A Lancaster. In 37 bullpen appearances, he was 2-4 with a 4.60 ERA, a 1.511 WHIP and 12 saves. Cotton recently turned 24.

16. C Chris Wallace (C) - Traded in 2013

Wallace was traded to Cleveland in April 2013 for LHP Eric Berger (who was subsequently traded to Oakland in early 2014 for cash). Wallace only appeared in 18 games for the AAA Indians affiliate in 2014, spending a large chunk of the season on the DL due to what was initially reported as a right calf strain. In those 18 games, he hit only .170/.241/.264. For his career, he has hit .270/.341/.445.

17. 3B Tyler Burnett (C) - Released in 2012

Burnett actually played primarily at first base and was released 12 games in to his third season in 2012. In 186 games, he hit .244/.338/.359.

18. OF Josh Magee (C) - Released in 2012

Magee was released in July 2012, reportedly due to off-field issues. In 111 games, he hit .254/.314/.326. After his release, he went on to play football for the University of Alabama and for the University of South Alabama. He left the latter program in July 2014 due to family issues and appears to have resurfaced playing for the University of Alabama at Birmingham to be near his Hoover, Alabama hometown.

19. SS JaCoby Jones (HS) - Did not sign

Jones was drafted by the Pirates in the 3rd round in 2013 out of LSU. In two seasons with that organization, he has hit .291/.349/.498.

20. OF Daniel Adamson (C) - Released in 2012

Adamson was released four games into the 2012 minor league season. In 146 games, he hit .259/.336/.424.

21. RHP Aaron Blair (HS) - Did not sign

Blair was a first round supplemental pick by the Diamondbacks in 2013 (out of Marshall University). In 38 starts, he has a 3.48 ERA and a 1.167 WHIP.

22. C Zach Dygert (C) - Did not sign

It appears that Dygert never played professionally.

23. OF Adam Bailey (C) - Released in 2013

Bailey was released in March 2013 and went on to play in independent ball in 2013 and 2014. His career batting line is .274/.316/.444.

24. LHP Adam Champion (C) - Released in 2012

Champion pitched two seasons in the Astros system prior to his March 2012 release and then pitched three seasons in independent ball through 2013 to finish with a lifetime 4.87 ERA and 1.524 WHIP.

25. RHP Rodney Quintero (JC) - Released in 2012

Quintero pitched for three seasons in the organization, ending with a career 5.67 ERA and 1.761 WHIP.

26. LHP Alex Sogard (C) - Traded in 2014

Sogard was traded to the Diamondbacks in July 2014 for 3B Cesar Carrasco. Before the trade, Sogard was 1-1 with a 2.91 ERA, a 1.223 WHIP and two saves in 43.1 innings for AA Corpus Christi. After the trade, Sogard had a 0-1 record, 9.64 ERA and 2.143 WHIP in 18.1 innings for AA Mobile. His career numbers are a 4.38 ERA and a 1.452 WHIP.

27. SS Jacke Healey (C) - Released in 2011

Healey played in the Astros system for two seasons, hitting .163/.228/.302 in 93 games.

28. RHP Jason Chowning (C) - Released in 2012

Chowning pitched three seasons in the organization prior to his release in July 2012. He had a lifetime 3.08 ERA and 1.274 WHIP. He struck out 136 in 117 innings pitched.

29. OF Broughan Jantz (HS) - Did not sign

Jantz pursued football instead of baseball, playing at City College of San Francisco and the University of Sioux Falls where he is now a senior.

30. OF Kellen Kiilsgaard (C) - Released in 2012

Kiilsgaard sat out the 2010 season due to injury and only played one season in 2011, hitting .161/.213/.246 before his release in January 2012.

31. LHP Travis Blankenship (C) - Released in 2012

Blankenship played in the system for two seasons, compiling a 3.12 ERA and a 1.220 WHIP in 45 bullpen appearances before being released in January 2012.

32. RHP Austin Chrismon (HS) - Did not sign

The Astros drafted Chrismon again in 2013, this time in the 26th round out of East Carolina University. In 16 games (13 starts) for short season A Tri-City, Chrismon was 6-3 with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.171 WHIP.

33. RHP Michael Ness (C) - Released in 2012

Ness pitched in the Astros organization for two seasons. After his release in March 2012, he went on to play for two more seasons in independent ball, ending his career with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.341 WHIP.

34. RHP Ryan Cole (C) - Released in 2012

Cole pitched in the system for two seasons and ended his career with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.194 WHIP in 48 outings.

35. 1B Esteban Gomez (HS) - Did not sign

Gomez went on to play for San Jacinto Community College in 2011 and 2012, but it does not appear that he ever played professionally.

36. RHP Ryan Halstead (HS) - Did not sign

Halstead went on to attend Indiana University from 2011 through 2014. He was the closer for the team in 2014 when a knee injury derailed the remainder of his season.

37. RHP Brian Streilein (C) - Released in 2012

Streilein pitched in the system from 2010 through his release in July 2012. He had a lifetime 5.29 ERA and 1.424 WHIP.

38. 1B Ryan Ford (HS) - Did not sign

Ford played for the University of Texas in 2011, Navarro Junior College in 2012 and Florida Gulf Coast University in 2013. It appears that he is no longer playing and never played professionally.

39. RHP Krishawn Holley (HS)

Holley has played in the Astros system for five years. He missed approximately a month of the 2014 season, ending his season with two appearances with the GCL, leading me to believe that he was dealing with an injury. In 15 games between Tri-City, Greeneville and the GCL in 2014, he had a 6.19 ERA and a 2.188 WHIP. Over five seasons, he has a 2.91 ERA and a 1.349 WHIP. He will be 23 in February.

40. LHP Jeremiah Meiners (C) - Released in 2013

Meiners was released in March 2013 after pitching in the organization for three seasons. In 58 games, he had a 3.51 ERA and a 1.217 WHIP.

41. OF Bryce Lane (JC) - Released in 2012

Lane played in the Astros system for two seasons and then one additional season in independent ball in 2012 after his March release, ending his career with a .254/.331/.357 batting line.

42. RHP Paul Gerrish (C) - Released/retired after the 2010 season

Baseball America doesn't have the date that Gerrish was released/retired, but he only pitched in the organization for one season in 2010. In 14 games, he had a 4.56 ERA and a 1.521 WHIP.

43. SS DeMarcus Henderston (HS) - Did not sign

Henderson played for Mississippi State from 2011 through 2014 and has not played professionally.

44. RHP Alexis Garza (HS) - Did not sign

Garza played for the University of the Incarnate Word from 2011 through 2014 and has not played professionally.

45. SS Ian Vazquez (HS) - Did not sign

Vazquez played for Wagner College in New York in 2011 and Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina from 2012 through 2014 and has not played professionally.

46. LHP Lawrence Pardo (HS) - Did not sign

Pardo was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 38th round in 2014. In his first 18 appearances, he has a 4.79 ERA and a 1.258 WHIP.

47. SS Joe Carcone (HS) - Did not sign

Carcone played for Bryant University in Rhode Island for two years and then transferred to the College of Saint Rose in Albany where he played in 2013 and sat out the 2014 season. He has not played professionally.

48. RHP T.J. Pecoraro (HS) - Did not sign

Pecoraro played for Vanderbilt from 2011 through 2014 and has not played professionally.

49. C Kenny Diaz (HS) - Released in 2012

Diaz was released after playing three seasons in the system, hitting .212/.307/.257.

50. OF David Donald (HS) - Did not sign

Donald played one season for Tallahassee Community College in 2011, one season for Spartanburg Methodist College (see this article for the unusual way that came about) in 2012 and two years for Tennessee Weslayan in 2013 and 2014. He has not played professionally.

Previous draft reviews:

2007 Draft
2008 Draft
2009 Draft
2012 Draft

1 comment:

  1. These are very interesting~~Thank you!