Thursday, July 16, 2015

Checking in on Former Astros Playing Independent Ball

Earlier this week, we checked in with a few former Astros playing in the Atlantic League. Today, we check in on the American Association, Can-Am League, Frontier League and others.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION

Fargo-Moorhead (ND) Redhawks

.261/.330/.361 in 47 games
Drafted by Houston in the 22nd round in 2011
Played in the Astros system from 2011 through 2013

0.00 ERA and 0.500 WHIP in 2 games (2 IP)
Drafted by Houston in the 8th round in 2004
Played in the Astros system from 2004 to 2010

Sioux Falls (SD) Canaries

3.59 ERA and 1.177 WHIP in 9 starts (52.2 IP)
Drafted by Houston in the 10th round in 2012
Played in the Astros system from 2012 to 2013

.184/.225/.342 in 11 games (subsequently released)
Originally drafted by the Tigers in the 4th round in 2009
Played in the Astros system in 2012 and 2013

St. Paul (MN) Saints

.317/.345/.563 in 42 games
Drafted by Houston in the 1st round in 2010
Played in the Astros system from 2010 through 2012

LHP Alex Sogard (27)
1.35 ERA and 1.200 WHIP in 23 games (13.1 IP)
Drafted by Houston in the 22nd round in 2010
Played in the Astros system from 2010 to 2014

Alex Sogard - April 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) Goldeyes

5.89 ERA and 1.582 WHIP in 16 games (18.1 IP); subsequently released
Drafted by Houston in the 37th round in 2009
Played in the Astros system from 2009 through 2014

Kansas City (KS) T-Bones

.307/.365/.449 in 46 games
Drafted by Houston in the 23rd round in 2010
Played in the Astros system from 2010 through 2012

Adam Bailey - June 2012
Photo by Jayne Hansen


7-1 with a 5.13 ERA and a 1.542 WHIP in 9 starts (47.1 IP)
Drafted by Houston in the 4th round in 2010
Played in the Astros system from 2010 to 2014

1.17 ERA and 0.587 in 3 starts (15.1 IP)
Drafted by Houston in the 1st round in 1998
Played in the Astros system from 1998 to 2002

Interestingly enough, it appears that Nannini had retired from 2009 through 2013 before playing in independent ball in 2014 and 2015. He was originally slated to play in the Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League before that league ceased operations earlier this year.

Lincoln (NE) Saltdogs

.304/.390/.478 in 35 games
Drafted by Houston in the 7th round in 2008
Played in the Astros system from 2008 through 2011

Grand Prairie (TX) Airhogs

2.73 ERA and 1.416 WHIP in 25 games (29.2 IP)
Drafted by Houston in the 32nd round in 2011
Played in the Astros system from 2011 through 2013

Laredo (TX) Lemurs

0.87 ERA and 1.306 WHIP in 21 games (20.2 IP)
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

1.800 ERA and 3.500 WHIP in 2 games (2 IP); subsequently released
Drafted by Houston in the 9th round in 2012
Played in the Astros system from 2012 to 2015

Wichita (KS) Wingnuts

0.68 ERA and 0.975 WHIP in 13 games (13.1 IP); subsquently signed with the Mexican League
Originally drafted by the Rangers in the 10th round in 2005
Played in the Astros system from 2009 to 2011

CAN-AM LEAGUE

Rockland (Pomona, NY) Boulders

.259/.369/.541 in 41 games
NDFA signed by the Astros in 2010
Played in the Houston system in 2010

Sussex County (Augusta, NJ)

.233/.253/.375 in 45 games
Claimed off waivers from the Marlins in 2007
Played in the Astros system from 2008 through 2009

Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) Champions

.246/.290/.404 in 14 games
Drafted by Houston in the 36th round in 2007
Played in the Astros system from 2007 to 2010

*Playing 3B for Ottawa; played 2B in the Astros system

Les Capitales de Quebec (Quebec, Canada)

4.91 ERA and 1.527 WHIP in 12 games (18.1 IP)
Drafted by Houston in the 15th round in 2010
Played in the Astros system from 2010 to 2014

FRONTIER LEAGUE

Lake Erie (Avon, OH) Crushers

RHP Ryan Connolly (24)
On the 60-day DL
NDFA signed by the Astros in 2013
Played in the Astros system in 2013

RHP Zach Morton (25)
3.55 ERA and 1.342 WHIP in 6 starts (25.1 IP)
Drafted by Houston in the 32nd round in 2013
Played in the Astros system from 2013 to 2015

Traverse City (MI) Beach Bums

OF Jay Austin (24)
.311/.345/.417 in 32 games
Drafted by Houston in the 2nd round in 2008
Played in the Astros system from 2008 through 2012

Joliet (IL) Slammers

6.60 ERA and 1.649 WHIP in 11 games/7 starts (43.2 IP); subsequently released
NDFA signed by Houston in 2014
Played in the Astros system in 2014

Rockford (IL) Aviators

.182/.182/.227 in 5 games
Originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the 16th round in 2012
Played in 6 games for the Gulf Coast League Astros in 2016

MOUNT RAINIER PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE (LEAGUE FOLDED IN LATE MAY OR EARLY JUNE)

Oregon City (OR) Mud Turtles

4.00 ERA and 1.444 WHIP in 2 games (9 IP) before the league folded
Drafted by Houston in the 11th round in 2010
Played in the Astros system from 2010 through 2012 as a third baseman

PACIFIC ASSOCIATION

San Rafael (CA) Pacifics

.266/.329/.414 in 33 games
Drafted by Houston in the 18th round in 2012
Played in the Astros system from 2012 through 2014

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