WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
9-19: IF/OF Ronny Jimenez (22)
9-19: OF George Springer (27)
9-20: RHP Ken Giles (26)
9-21: RHP Devin Raftery (24)
9-21: 3B Tyler Wolfe (23)
9-22: SS Carlos Correa (22)
9-24: RHP Harlen Florencio (21)
George Springer - May 2013
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In addition to Friday's recall of 3B Colin Moran to Houston, the Astros also signed Cuban LHP Cionel Perez.
@astros officially sign Cuban LHP Cionel Perez $5.15MM trainer Fausto Chiqui Mejia & Father pictured #DPL #Alumni pic.twitter.com/Od4yWEZdqq— DPL (@DPLBaseball) September 15, 2016
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
The Houston Astros contingent participating in the Arizona Fall League was announced late last month and includes RHP Francis Martes, RHP David Paulino, RHP Jacob Dorris, C Garrett Stubbs, 2B/3B Nick Tanielu, OF Ramon Laureano and OF Jason Martin. Paulino was subsequently promoted to the Astros and doesn't currently appear on the Glendale Desert Dogs roster with the other players. If Paulino is pulled from the AFL roster, the Astros will have to send another pitcher in his place. Also, longtime Astros Hitting Coach Darryl Robinson (Lancaster) will serve as the Desert Dogs Hitting Coach.
The first AFL game will take place on October 11th and the regular season will conclude on November 17th. The Fall Stars game will be on November 5th and the Championship game will take place on November 19th.
The various winter league clubs, including the Dominican winter league (LIDOM), will also start play next month. Those clubs don't usually publish rosters until much closer to starting day, but the LIDOM did have their draft last week and the results can be found here. Several Astros farmhands were drafted, including RHP Albert Abreu, IF Antonio Nunez and others.
RANDOM FORMER ASTROS UPDATE
RHP Juan Minaya was claimed off waivers by the White Sox on June 22nd. After 17 appearances for the White Sox AAA affiliate in Charlotte, Minaya made his major league debut on September 1st. In five appearances (5.2 innings), he 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.059 WHIP. He turned 26 on Sunday.
Juan Minaya - June 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen
In case you missed it, here are the recent interviews I did with a few Greeneville Astros, representing the Dominican Republic, United States, the Netherlands and Australia ...
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