Saturday, September 26, 2015

Astros Farm Report: Gone Fishin' Edition

I believe that there has been only one day in four years, one month and 19 days (but who's counting?) that I haven't posted something on this site, even if it was just a Tweet of the Day. But I am going to take a few days off. Don't worry I'll be back on or around October 7th in time for the start of the Venezuelan Winter League and I'll update this post with any breaking news or roster moves, but for the most part I'm gone fishin' for a few days.

But I'm leaving you with all of this info to peruse on the upcoming fall and winter leagues, prospect rankings, the Rule 5 draft and, of course, upcoming birthdays! Hopefully this will keep you occupied for a few days while I take a nap.



NEWS AND LINKS

Tyler White and Kyle Tucker get a little love thrown their way in this MiLB.com post about postseason standouts.

2nd round 2011 Astros draft pick Adrian Houser made his MLB debut 9/26 for Milwaukee against St. Louis in St. Louis, pitching the 8th inning and allowing one hit, no runs, one walk and no strikeouts. I am absolutely thrilled for him.

UPCOMING ASTROS BIRTHDAYS
9-26: RHP Albert Abreu (20)
9-28: RHP Chris Murphy (23)
9-30: IF Jack Mayfield (25)
9-30: RHP Trent Thornton (22)
9-30: RHP James Hoyt (29)
10-1: 3B Colin Moran (23)
10-2: RHP Lance McCullers (22)
10-3: 3B/1B Cesar Carrasco (22)
10-4: LHP Joe Thatcher (34)
10-4: OF Vicente Sanchez (19)
10-6: 1B Justin Garcia (22)
10-7: LHP Michael Freeman (24)

RECENT ROSTER MOVES
9-23: 1B Jon Singleton recalled to Houston
9-22: IF Jio Mier assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno
9-22: RHP Jandel Gustave assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno
(Mier and Gustave had both been traveling with the team but hadn't been activated.)
9-21: RHP Dan Straily recalled to Houston

FALL AND WINTER LEAGUE INFO

Here is the Fall Instructional League roster.

The Arizona Fall League starts October 13th. Eight Astros minor-leaguers are scheduled to play for the Glendale Desert Dogs:

LHP Chris Cotton
*LHP Brian Holmes
LHP Albert Minnis
RHP Keegan Yuhl
3B J.D. Davis
**IF Chan Moon
1B A.J. Reed
OF Derek Fisher

*Holmes appears to be replacing RHP Aaron West who had been named on the original roster.
**Taxi squad member.

The winter league information for the Venezuelan (LVBP), Dominican (LIDOM), Mexican (LPM) and Puerto Rican League (LBPRC) can be found here, but rosters usually aren't finalized until the last minute. The LVBP starts October 7th. The LPM starts October 9th. The LIDOM starts October 15th. And the LBPRC will start around October 30th.

The winter league information for the Australian Baseball League can be found here. The ABL will start their season on October 23rd.

THE RULE 5 DRAFT

Here is a primer on how the Rule 5 Draft and a preliminary list of the players who are at risk that I put together last month.

FINAL 2015 RESULTS, STANDINGS, SEASON STATS AND SEASON REVIEWS

Here are the final 2015 results, etc. for each Astros minor league team.

And here are the Season Reviews with information on the team and a few standout players:
Dominican Summer League Astros
Gulf Coast League Astros
Greeneville Astros

PROSPECT INFORMATION AND RANKINGS

Baseball America's Top 20 Prospects by League

Pre-Season Astros Top Prospect Lists

Current MLB Pipeline Top Astros Prospects

And, last but not least, WTHB's 2015 Award winners can be found here.

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