Monday, April 4, 2016

Astros Farm Report: 4/4

Happy Astros Opening Day!!!! (No rainouts, please!)

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

4-6: RHP Ralph Garza (22)
4-9: C Jamie Ritchie (23)

TWEETS OF THE WEEK



TRANSACTIONS

There were a few more releases last week after my Tuesday post. We now have to say goodbye to RHP Travis Ballew, IF Joe Sclafani, RHP Jake Buchanan, RHP Zac Grotz and RHP Michel Martinez. I wish them all the best in the next chapter of their lives.

Here is the final 2015-2016 Master Off-Season Transaction List.

The Opening Day rosters for the Fresno Grizzlies, Corpus Christi Hooks, Lancaster JetHawks and Quad Cities RiverBandits have not been released at this point. All four teams start their seasons on Thursday the 7th.

NEWS AND LINKS

The biggest news of the week from an Astros prospect viewpoint is the addition of Tyler White to the 40-man roster and the inclusion of White, Michael Feliz and Matt Duffy on the Astros Opening Day 25-man roster. With the addition of Carlos Correa, Preston Tucker and Lance McCullers to the Astros line-up in 2015, and White, Feliz and Duffy in the mix to start the 2016 season, I think it is safe to say that the Astros youth movement is now in full force. A.J. Reed, Joe Musgrove and Colin Moran will be among those in the next wave. Take my word for it. Things are looking good for the Astros for a long, long time. Happy Astros Opening Day (if it doesn't rain)!

Other news from the week ....

Baseball America released their International Review for the Astros July 2015 signings (insider only).

New Astros beat writer Jake Kaplan tells us how Matt Duffy found out he made the cut.

And I'll just put this one out there without comment. Sigh.

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