Monday, June 8, 2015

Astros Minor League Transactions

More transactions are rolling in, including a few promotions.

FRESNO GRIZZLIES

6/9 - SS Jonathan Villar optioned to Fresno from Houston.
6/8 - RHP Mike Hauschild assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi.
6/8 - IF Chan-Jong Moon assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi.
6/8 - RHP Alex White released.
6/8 - RHP Jake Buchanan optioned to Fresno from Houston.
6/6 - RHP Murilo Gouvea released.

Murilo Gouvea's return from injury was a nice story, and a most surprising development. Wishing him all the best for the future.

CORPUS CHRISTI HOOKS

6/9 - RHP Joe Musgrove assigned to Corpus Christi from Lancaster.
6/9 - RHP R.J. Alaniz activated from restricted list.
6/6 - RHP Brad Peacock began rehab assignment.
6/5 - OF Brandon Meredith placed on 7-day disabled list.
6/5 - OF Jon Kemmer activated from temporarily inactive list.
6/4 - RHP Kyle Westwood placed on temporarily inactive list. Kyle Westwood was activated on 6/9.

Alaniz has served his 50-game suspension for a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs.

LANCASTER JETHAWKS

6/8 - IF Mott Hyde assigned to Lancaster from Quad Cities.
6/8 - RHP Andrew Walter activated from restricted list.
6/8- LHP Albert Minnis and IF Jose Fernandez placed on 7-day disabled list, retroactive to June 6.

Walter has served his 50-game suspension for a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs.

QUAD CITIES RIVER BANDITS

6/8 - IF Luis Reynoso assigned to Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training.

DSL ASTROS BLUE

6/9 - RHP Jacques Sambo assigned to DSL Astros Blue.
6/9 - RHP Cristian Javier assigned to DSL Astros Blue.

Sambo is a 16-year-old from the island of Curaçao. He'll turn 17 on July 27, making him the youngest player currently in the Houston Astros organization (until this July 2 IFA period begins). I found this article from a paper in Curaçao via Google in the Papiamentu language about his signing, which occurred last month. Papiamentu, along with Dutch, is an official language of Curaçao. It is a language that has Portuguese, African, American Indian, English, Dutch, and Spanish influences.

Curaçao is one of the constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, along with Aruba, Sint Maarten (the Dutch portion of the island of St. Martin; the other portion belongs to France) and the Netherlands itself. The island has produced some baseball talent such as Jurickson Profar (Rangers), Jonathan Schoop (Orioles), and Kenley Jansen (Dodgers). Its most notable name is Andruw Jones, the longtime outfielder for the Braves.

Cristian Javier is an 18-year-old righty. Don't think there's any info on him that is readily available.

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