WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
3-28: IF Marcos Almonte (20)
3-30: SS Alex Bregman (22)
3-30: OF Jake Marisnick (25)
4-1: OF Cesar Cortez (17)
TWEETS OF THE WEEK
Astros Farm Twitter is in good shape for the season!
Happy birthday to my favorite Korean @cjmoon91! #frozen #milblife #quadcitydays pic.twitter.com/Ib300xNMtC— Jack Mayfield (@jackmayfield8) March 23, 2016
The biggest perk of staying in a hotel for a month is being able to sleep with the air all the way down every night #❄️❄️❄️— Myles Straw (@mylesstraw) March 25, 2016
Bling Bling pic.twitter.com/nZxqJSFqSJ— Devonte German (@DevonteGerman) March 25, 2016
What a view to wake up to!! Extremely thankful for this opportunity! #MexicoCitySeries pic.twitter.com/oKLL0ifa3r— Brady Rodgers (@Rodg_20) March 26, 2016
TRANSACTIONSHappy Easter from Mexico City!! I hope everyone has a blessed day pic.twitter.com/dLW8NEMwcj— Tyler Heineman (@theineman13) March 27, 2016
I heard from a good source that a few minor league players were released over the weekend, but the only moves that have been confirmed are the following. I will post further information when it has been verified.
LHP Neal Cotts - Released 3/25
RHP Troy Scribner - Traded to the Angels for cash considerations 3/26
NEWS AND LINKS
When I wrote last week's Farm Report, Tyler White was hitting .344/.389/.500. Four games later, make that .366/.460/.585. I know that it's "only Spring Training," but Holy Toledo!!!
Honestly, I do believe that Jon Singleton will get it together and will have a long, successful major league career. But it looks increasingly likely that his career will be with a team other than the Astros. I truly like Singleton personally. Yes, he's made mistakes in the past, but he has worked very hard over the last two years to make up for those mistakes. But, with that said, if he can't get it done at the major league level, he will likely lose that chance for the Astros permanently later this year when A.J. Reed takes that spot and gets his opportunity to show what he can do.
In the meantime, Tyler White has more than proven himself at the plate and has (as I predicted) shown himself to be a serviceable fielder who works hard and gives it his all whether playing at first or third. He can also DH until Evan Gattis makes it back from the DL. Everyone loves an underdog, especially one who is as modest and hard-working as White. Well, White is the ultimate underdog, drafted in the 33rd round in 2013 and possessing a less than optimal physique for the job. I truly hope that he is given the opportunity to show what he can do for the Astros to start the season. He has certainly earned it.
Another question mark as Spring Training winds down is who Houston's backup catcher will be with Max Stassi on the disabled list. I am extremely high on Tyler Heineman, but after much thought, it would probably make more sense for Roberto Pena (I just can't call him Bert!) to get the job IF the Astros decide not to go outside the system. Pena has profiled more as a backup catcher to this point with his bat lagging behind his strong defensive abilities so it would make sense for him to break in to the major leagues in that role. Heineman, on the other hand, has shown a strong enough bat over the years (along with solid defensive abilities) that he should be capable of earning a front line catching position at some point. I think Heineman would benefit from a little more time at AAA to further develop his offense. Then again, I think it is more likely that the Astros go outside the system for a backup backstop, but I believe that they have two very good options in-house.
In other news ...
The ValleyCats crew catches up with Jon Kemmer at Spring Training and brings us this fun interview.
And the love for Tyler White just kept coming with Evan Drellich penning one of his last pieces before moving on. He also weighed in on the backup catcher race.
And this piece just confused me since it was posted last week, but the video (and the story) appeared to be from 2014. Still a good piece on Tyson Perez's roping heritage.
Nothing but 5-star reviews and this was the best one yet!
How someone can take all this information and keep it organized, let alone readable, is worthy of our admiration. The stats are out there for any of us to find, but few take the time. Luckily, the author, Jayne Hansen, is one of the few. But then she takes the stats and smooths out the edges off with her observations, interviews, and intuition. Like a great general manager, she combines the science and human element into a winning combination. If you are an Astros fan, it's a look into the future. If you are a fan of the Grizzlies, Hooks, et.al., it's what is coming to your town, in some cases in a matter of days. Enjoy!Get yours today!