Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Former Astros Playing in Independent Leagues

Here are some of the former Astros I've found that will be toiling in Independent Leagues this summer. Since most of the leagues haven't started playing yet, there will likely be additional players joining their ranks. (If you know of others, leave a note in the comments section.) WTHB wishes them all the best of luck!


Atlantic League: Play started April 24th

Sugarland (TX) Skeeters

Drafted by Houston in the 16th Round in 2010
Played in Astros system from 2010 to 2013

Lancaster (PA) Barnstormers

Drafted by Houston in the 31st Round in 2012
Played in the Astros system from 2012 through 2014

RHP C.J. "Chuckie" Fick
Selected by Houston off waivers in July 2012
Played in the Astros system from 2012 to 2013

Southern Maryland (Waldorf, MD) Blue Crabs

Signed by Astros in 1999 out of Venezuela
Played in the Astros system from 1999 through 2008

Obtained by the Astros in a 1996 trade with Detroit
Played in the Astros system from 1997 through 2002

Bridgeport (CT) Bluefish

Signed by the Astros out of the Dominican Republic in 2002
Played in the Astros system from 2003 through 2011

Long Island (NY) Ducks

Signed by Houston as a Free Agent in June 2012
Played in the Astros system from 2012 to 2013

Drafted by Houston in the 2nd Round in 2006
Played in the Astros system from 2006 through 2012

Somerset (NJ) Patriots

Obtained from Oakland in June 2011
Played in the Astros system from 2011 to 2012

Frontier League: Play starts 5/14

Lake Erie (Avon, OH) Crushers

RHP Ryan Connolly
NDFA signed by the Astros in 2013
Played in the Astros system in 2013

Traverse City (MI) Beach Bums

OF Jay Austin
Drafted by Houston in the 2nd round in 2008
Played in the Astros system from 2008 through 2012

Washington (PA) Wild Things

OF Tanner Mathis
Signed as a NDFA by the Astros in 2013
Played in the Astros system from 2013 through 2014

American Association: Play starts 5/21

Fargo-Moorhead (ND) Redhawks

OF Drew Muren
Drafted by Houston in the 22nd round in 2011
Played in the Astros system from 2011 through 2013

LHP Alex Sogard
Drafted by Houston in the 22nd round in 2010
Played in the Astros system from 2010 to 2014

Sioux Falls (SD) Canaries

LHP Joe Bircher
Drafted by Houston in the 10th round in 2012
Played in the Astros system from 2012 to 2013

St. Paul (MN) Saints

OF Mike Kvasnicka
Drafted by Houston in the 1st round in 2010
Played in the Astros system from 2010 through 2012

Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) Goldeyes

RHP Raul Rivera
Drafted by Houston in the 37th round in 2009
Played in the Astros system from 2009 through 2014

Kansas City (KS) T-Bones

OF Adam Bailey
Drafted by Houston in the 23rd round in 2010
Played in the Astros system from 2010 through 2012

Lincoln (NE) Saltdogs

OF Jon Gaston
Drafted by Houston in the 7th round in 2008
Played in the Astros system from 2008 through 2011

Sioux City (IA) Explorers

LHP Kenny Long
Drafted by Houston in the 22nd round in 2012
Played in the Astros system from 2012 through 2013

Grand Prairie (TX) Airhogs

RHP Zachary Dando
Drafted by Houston in the 32nd round in 2011
Played in the Astros system from 2011 through 2013

Laredo (TX) Lemurs

RHP B. J. Hyatt
Drafted by Houston in the 4th round in 2009
Only played one season in 2009 before going on the DL; was released in June 2013

Can-Am League: Play starts 5/21

Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) Champions

Manager Hal Lanier
Managed the Astros from 1986 through 1988

Rockland (Pomona, NY) Boulders

C Marcus Nidiffer
NDFA signed by the Astros in 2010
Played in the Houston system in 2010

Sussex County (Augusta, NJ)

OF Reggie Abercrombie
Claimed off waivers from the Marlins in 2007
Played in the Astros system from 2008 through 2009

Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League: Play starts 5/21

Oregon City (OR) Mud Turtles

RHP Kyle Redinger
Drafted by Houston in the 11th round in 2010
Played in the Astros system from 2010 through 2012 as a third baseman

Pacific Association: Play starts early June

San Rafael (CA) Pacifics

C Ricky Gingras
Drafted by Houston in the 18th round in 2012
Played in the Astros system from 2012 through 2014


2 comments:

  1. Thanks. Love this kind of "where are they now" report.

    - Virtual Bob

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  2. Chris Salamida (No. 13, 2006 Draft) is also playing for Winnipeg. He's been with the Goldeyes longer than he was with the Astros.

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