Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Former Astros in the Independent Leagues

It's time for one of my favorite posts of the season. I love seeing what former Astros players show up in independent leagues. So without further ado, let's take a look. There are a couple of surprises!

Josh Zeid - June 2012
Photo by Jayne Hansen

ATLANTIC LEAGUE (Games start 4/21)

Bridgeport Bluefish
RHP David Carpenter (2011-2012 Astros)
OF Ruben Sosa (2011 23rd round pick, 2011-2014 Astros farm system)

And according to this, Roger Clemens will be a "Guest Manager" for the Bluefish.

Long Island Ducks
LHP Darin Downs (2014 Astros)

New Britain Bees
RHP Josh Zeid (2013-2014 Astros)

Somerset Patriots
RHP Mickey Storey (2012 Astros)

Sugarland Skeeters
C Chris Wallace (2010 16th Round, 2010-2013 Astros farm system)
RHP Fernando Nieve (2006, 2008 Astros)

York Revolution
1B/DH Telvin Nash (2009 3rd round pick, 2009-2015 Astros farm system)

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION (Games start in May)

Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks
RHP Travis Ballew (2012 23rd round pick, 2012-2015 Astros farm system)

Fargo-Moorhead sold the contract of OF Drew Muren (2011 22nd round pick, 2011-2013 Astros farm system) to the Diamondbacks and he is currently playing for their AAA team in Reno as a pitcher.

St. Paul Saints
OF Michael Burgess (2013 Astros farm system)
RHP Mark Hamburger (2013 Astros farm system)

Sioux Falls Canaries
LHP Joe Bircher (2012 10th round pick, 2012-2013 Astros farm system)

Winnipeg Goldeyes
RHP Zach Dando (2011 22nd round pick, 2011-2013 Astros farm system)
OF Reggie Abercrombie (2008 Astros)
RHP Jailen Peguero (2002-2006, 2010 Astros farm system)

LHP Alex Sogard had originally signed with Wichita in March, but his contract was sold to the Orioles later that month.

CAN-AM LEAGUE (Games start in May)

Ottawa Champions
RHP Austin Chrismon (2013 26th round pick, 2013-2015 Astros farm system)
IF Albert Cartwright (2007 36th round pick, 2007-2010 Astros farm system)

Quebec Capitales
LHP Jordan Mills (2013 28th round pick, 2013-2015 Astros farm system)

Rockland Boulders
C Marcus Nidiffer (2010 Astros farm system)

Sussex County Miners
OF Jay Austin (2008 2nd round pick, 2008-2012 Astros farm system)

FRONTIER LEAGUE (Games start in May)

Washington Wild Things
RHP Zac Grotz (2015 28th round pick, 2015 Astros farm system)

PECOS LEAGUE (Games start in May)

Tucson Saguaros
RHP Aaron Vaughn (2014 Astros farm system)

White Sands Pupfish
2B Will Dupont (2014 Astros farm system)

All of the rosters aren't complete, particularly for the teams that don't start until May, and I probably missed a player here or there as well. Feel free to leave info in the comments if you spot a player in the independent leagues!

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