Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Minor League Rosters Announced

Well, much to Jayne's chagrin (kidding, of course), the Astros have released the minor league rosters of the full-season affiliates. So, (shameless plug time) who are these guys, and where did they come from? You know Mark Appel and Carlos Correa and Preston Tucker, but what about Mott Hyde, Troy Scribner, and Richard Rodriguez? Learn more about them, and over 250 more prospects in the Houston Astros organization by purchasing the 2015 Houston Astros Farm System Handbook, available now on Amazon!

Notice: These rosters are preliminary and are subject to change. Minor League Opening Day is April 9.

FRESNO GRIZZLIES

The franchise that is a continuation of the former Tucson Toros will play their first season as an affiliate of the Houston Astros organization since 1997.

Coaches

Manager: Tony DeFrancesco
Hitting Coach: Leon Roberts
Pitching Coach: Arthur "Ace" Adams
Catching Coach: Jeff Murphy

Pitchers

RHP Jake Buchanan - 8th round, 2010 Draft (North Carolina State)
LHP Kevin Chapman - Acquired from Royals (along with D'Andre Toney) for Humberto Quintero and Jason Bourgeois, 3/20/12
LHP Luis Cruz - 9th round, 2008 Draft (Academia Santa Monica; San Juan, Puerto Rico)
LHP Darin Downs - Claimed off waivers from the Tigers, 11/1/13
RHP James Hoyt - Acquired from Braves (along with Evan Gattis) for Mike Foltynewicz, Andrew Thurman, and Rio Ruiz, 1/14/15
RHP Jordan Jankowski - 34th round, 2012 Draft (Catawba College)
RHP Brady Rodgers - 3rd round, 2012 Draft (Arizona State)
RHP Richard Rodriguez - International free agent signing, 2010
LHP Tommy Shirley - 9th round, 2010 draft (Xavier)
RHP Jason Stoffel - Acquired from Giants (along with Henry Sosa) for Jeff Keppinger, 7/19/11
RHP Dan Straily - Acquired from Cubs (along with Luis Valbuena) for Dexter Fowler, 1/19/15
RHP Alex White - Acquired from Rockies (along with Alex Gillingham) for Wilton Lopez and Jose Monzon (PTBNL), 12/4/12

Catchers

Luis Flores - Rule 5 draft pick (minor league phase) from Cubs, 2014
Max Stassi - Acquired from Athletics (along with Brad Peacock and Chris Carter) for Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez, 2/4/13

Infielders

Matt Dominguez - Acquired from Marlins (along with Rob Rasmussen) for Carlos Lee, 7/4/12
Matt Duffy - 20th round, 2011 draft (Tennessee)
Nolan Fontana - 2nd round, 2012 draft (Florida)
Jon Singleton - Acquired from Phillies (along with Jarred Cosart, Josh Zeid and Domingo Santana) for Hunter Pence, 7/29/11
Joe Sclafani - 14th round, 2012 draft (Dartmouth)
Ronald Torreyes - Acquired from Cubs for international signing pool space, 7/2/13

Outfielders

Andrew Aplin - 5th round, 2012 draft (Arizona State)
L.J. Hoes - Acquired from Orioles (along with Josh Hader and a competitive balance draft pick) for Bud Norris, 7/31/13
Domingo Santana - Announced as the PTBNL from Phillies to complete the Hunter Pence trade, 8/15/11
Ruben Sosa - 23rd round, 2011 draft (Oklahoma City University)
Preston Tucker - 7th round, 2012 draft (Florida)

CORPUS CHRISTI HOOKS

The Hooks are without a doubt the affiliate to watch in 2015 as the two #1 overall picks, Carlos Correa and Mark Appel, headline the squad.

Coaches

Manager: Rodney Linares
Hitting Coach: Dan Radison
Pitching Coach: Doug Brocail
Infield Coach: Tom Lawless (Is he roving this year?)

Pitchers

RHP Mark Appel - 1st round, 2013 draft (Stanford)
RHP Angel Baez - Acquired from Royals for cash considerations, 3/28/15
RHP Travis Ballew - 23rd round, 2012 draft (Texas State)
RHP Chris Devenski - Announced as the PTBNL from White Sox to complete the Brett Myers trade, 8/3/12
LHP Kent Emanuel - 3rd round, 2013 draft (North Carolina)
RHP Jandel Gustave - International free agent signing, 2010 (returned to organization after being claimed in the 2014 Rule 5 draft)
LHP Josh Hader - Acquired from Orioles (along with L.J. Hoes and a competitive balance draft pick) for Bud Norris, 7/31/13
RHP Mike Hauschild - 33rd round, 2012 draft (Dayton)
LHP Mitch Lambson - 19th round, 2011 draft (Arizona State)
RHP Lance McCullers - Supplemental 1st round, 2012 draft (Jesuit HS; Tampa, Florida)
RHP Dan Minor - 9th round, 2012 draft (Texas A&M—Corpus Christi)
RHP Tyson Perez - 17th round, 2011 draft (Fresno City College)
RHP Aaron West - 17th round, 2012 draft (Washington)
RHP Kyle Westwood - 13th round, 2013 draft (North Florida)

Catchers

Brett Booth - 34th round, 2013 draft (Alabama)
Tyler Heineman - 8th round, 2012 draft (UCLA)
Roberto Peña - 7th round, 2010 draft (Colegio Eloisa Pascual; Caguas, Puerto Rico)

Infielders

Carlos Correa - 1st round, 2012 draft (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School; Gurabo, Puerto Rico)
Conrad Gregor - 4th round, 2013 draft (Vanderbilt)
Tony Kemp - 5th round, 2013 draft (Vanderbilt)
Jio Mier - 1st round, 2009 draft (Bonita HS; La Verne, California)
Colin Moran - Acquired from Marlins (along with Jake Marisnick, Francis Martes, and a compensation draft pick) for Jarred Cosart and Kiké Hernandez, 7/31/14
Telvin Nash - 3rd round, 2009 draft (Griffin HS; Griffin, Georgia)
Tyler White - 33rd round, 2013 draft (Western Carolina)

Outfielders

Leo Heras - Rights purchased from Mexico City, 8/3/13
Teoscar Hernandez - International free agent signing, 2011
Jon Kemmer - 21st round, 2013 draft (Brewton-Parker College)
Brandon Meredith - 6th round, 2011 draft (San Diego State)

LANCASTER JETHAWKS

All 5 outfielders on the JetHawks roster are left-handed hitters. In fact, the JetHawks have 12 players who do things left-handed (throwing or hitting), which is the most out of all the full-season teams. The lineup will be headlined by the college duo of J.D. Davis and A.J. Reed, who both bring some serious power to the table. In the outfield, Brett Phillips is looking to build upon his breakout 2014, and surely, he has to be salivating at the prospect of putting up some gaudy numbers at The Hangar.

Michael Feliz is the big name on the JetHawks' pitching staff. He'll be the next top pitching prospect to take on the California League, where, as we know, the combination of the elevation, strong winds, and high temperatures can make a pitcher's life absolutely miserable. The California League Championship Series MVP, Tyler Brunnemann, will be a galvanizing presence in the back of the bullpen.

Coaches

Manager: Omar Lopez
Hitting Coach: Darryl Robinson
Pitching Coach: Don Alexander
Infield Coach: Ramon Vazquez

Pitchers

RHP Tyler Brunnemann - 40th round, 2013 draft (Hardin-Simmons)
LHP Chris Cotton - 14th round, 2013 draft (LSU)
LHP Randall Fant - 29th round, 2013 draft (Arkansas)
RHP Michael Feliz - International free agent signing, 2010
RHP Edison Frias - International free agent signing, 2011
LHP Evan Grills - 10th round, 2010 draft (Sinclair SS [secondary school]; Whitby, Ontario)
LHP Brian Holmes - 13th round, 2012 draft (Wake Forest)
RHP Adrian Houser - 2nd round, 2011 draft (Locust Grove HS; Locust Grove, Oklahoma)
RHP Zach Morton - 32nd round, 2013 draft (Northwestern)
RHP Gonzalo Sañudo - Acquired from Twins for Mike Kvasnicka, 3/25/13
RHP Troy Scribner - Non-drafted free agent, 2013 (Sacred Heart)
LHP Blaine Sims - Rule 5 draft pick (minor league phase) from Braves, 2013
RHP Frederick Tiburcio - International free agent signing, 2008

Catchers

Brian Holberton - 9th round, 2013 draft (North Carolina)
Jobduan Morales - Acquired from Marlins for Justin Ruggiano, 5/26/12

Infielders

J.D. Davis - 3rd round, 2014 draft (Cal State Fullerton)
Jose Fernandez - International free agent signing, 2009
Jack Mayfield - Non-drafted free agent, 2013 (Oklahoma)
Chase McDonald - 12th round, 2013 draft (East Carolina)
Chan-Jong Moon - International free agent signing, 2009
A.J. Reed - 2nd round, 2014 draft (Kentucky)

Outfielders

Ronnie Mitchell - 38th round, 2013 draft (Dallas Baptist)
Brett Phillips - 6th round, 2012 draft (Seminole HS; Seminole, Florida)
James Ramsay - 7th round, 2013 draft (South Florida)
Danry Vásquez - Acquired from Tigers (along with David Paulino) for Jose Veras, 7/29/13
Marc Wik - 21st round, 2012 draft (Chabot College)

QUAD CITIES RIVER BANDITS

Derek Fisher is the big name in this contingent, while Joe Musgrove looks to continue his momentum from a strong 2014 with Tri-City in his first stab at full-season ball.

The River Bandits boast a fine triumvirate of backstops; Jake Nottingham has shown promise in the Rookie leagues, Jamie Ritchie put up some outstanding numbers in his half-season at Tri-City, and Alfredo Gonzalez brings a fine defensive reputation to the squad.

Coaches

Manager: Josh Bonifay
Hitting Coach: Joel Chimelis
Pitching Coach: Dave Borkowski
Outfield/Baserunning Coach: Tim Garland

Pitchers

RHP Austin Chrismon - 26th round, 2013 (Christopher Newport University)
RHP Kevin Comer - Announced as the PTBNL from Blue Jays to complete the David Carpenter, Brandon Lyon, and J.A. Happ trade (which occurred on 7/20/12), 8/16/12
RHP Brock Dykxhoorn - 6th round, 2014 draft (Central Arizona College)
RHP Josh James - 34th round, 2014 draft (Western Oklahoma State College)
LHP Chris Lee - 4th round, 2011 draft (Santa Fe Community College)
RHP Dan Mengden - 4th round, 2014 draft (Texas A&M)
LHP Albert Minnis - 25th round, 2013 draft (Wichita State)
RHP Jose Montero - International free agent signing, 2010
RHP Joe Musgrove - Acquired from Blue Jays (along with Carlos Perez, David Rollins, Francisco Cordero, Kevin Comer, and Ben Francisco) for David Carpenter, J.A. Happ, and Brandon Lyon, 7/20/12
RHP Eric Peterson - 37th round, 2014 draft (North Carolina State)
LHP Bryan Radziewski - 9th round, 2014 draft (Miami)
RHP Ryan Thompson - 23rd round, 2014 draft (Campbell)
RHP Keegan Yuhl - 35th round, 2014 draft (Concordia; Irvine, California)

Catchers

Alfredo Gonzalez - International free agent signing, 2008
Jake Nottingham - 6th round, 2013 (Redlands HS; Redlands, California)
Jamie Ritchie - 13th round, 2014 (Belmont)

Infielders

Alex Hernandez - 40th round, 2014 draft (Miami)
Mott Hyde - 26th round, 2014 draft (Georgia Tech)
Thomas Lindauer - 23rd round, 2013 draft (Illinois)
Bryan Muniz - 22nd round, 2014 draft (Southwestern [Florida])
Nick Tanielu- 14th round, 2014 draft (Washington State)
Kristian Trompiz - International free agent signing, 2012

Outfielders

Ryan Bottger - 12th round, 2014 draft (UT—Arlington)
Bobby Boyd - 8th round, 2014 draft (West Virginia)
Derek Fisher - Supplemental 1st round, 2014 draft (Virginia)
Jorge Martinez - Minor league free agent signing, 2014, after being released by Indians
Sean McMullen - 30th round, 2014 draft (LSU)

3 comments:

  1. Hooks' OF looks pretty shaky, limited power

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  2. What happened to Jonas Dufek

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    1. He's coming back from TJ surgery. As far as I know, though, I think he's pretty close to being ready.

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