WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
11-9: OF Juan Infante (20)
11-11: 2B Ryne Birk (22)
11-11: OF Andy Pineda (20)
11-11: OF Johnny Sewald (23)
11-13: RHP Chris Devenski (26)
11-14: LHP Nathan Thompson (23)
Ryne Birk - July 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen
I started up the cumulative 2016-2017 off-season transaction post which you can find here. I'll pin this to the sidebar and keep it updated throughout the off-season.
FALL/WINTER LEAGUE UPDATES
Here is how your Astros have fared thus far in fall/winter league play:
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE (AFL)
OF Alejandro Garcia: .231/.375/.231 in 4 games (replaced Laureano on the roster)
OF Jason Martin: .300/.481/.450 w/3-2B 1RBI 8R in 7 games
OF Ramon Laureano: .295/.340/.477 w/ 4-2B 2-3B 8RBI 5SB 12R in 12 games
C Garrett Stubbs: .179/.303/.286 w/ 3-2B 1HR 5RBI 12R in 16 games
IF Nick Tanielu: .333/.355/.400 w/ 2-2B 1RBI 4R in 8 games
RHP Francis Martes: 0-1 in 4 starts with a 4.73 ERA/1.500 WHIP in 13.1IP
RHP Jacob Dorris: 1-1 in 7 games with a 0.00 ERA/2.429 WHIP in 7.0IP
RHP Rogelio Armenteros: 0-0 (1SV) in 6 games with a 14.29 ERA/2.118 WHIP in 5.2IP
RHP David Paulino: 0-0 (1SV) in 3 games with a 0.00 ERA/0.667 WHIP in 3.0IP
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)
OF Andrew Aplin: .133/.229/.133 in 10 games
OF Osvaldo Duarte: .000/.000/.000 in 2 games
C Max Stassi: .400/.400/.400 in 2 games (last played 10/22)
RHP Edison Frias: 0-0 in 2 games with a 4.50 ERA/0.500 WHIP in 2.0IP
LHP Reymin Guduan: 0-1 in 6 games with a 7.71 ERA/1.715 WHIP in 2.1IP
RHP Mike Hauschild: 0-1 in 4 starts with a 2.95 ERA/1.364 WHIP in 18.1IP
RHP Jordan Jankowski: 0-1 in 7 games with a 4.50 ERA/1.667 WHIP in 6.0IP
RHP Cesar Valdez (Free Agent): 0-1 in 3 starts with a 4.40 ERA/1.395 WHIP in 14.1IP
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP)
OF Leo Heras: .256/.350/.456 w/4-2B 4-3B 2HR 10BI 17R in 25 games
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)
SS Miguel Sierra: .333/.333/.444 w/1-2B 3RBI in 3 games
PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LBPRC)
C Roberto Pena (Free Agent): .200/.226/.300 w/3-2B 2RBI 3R in 8 games
LHP Evan Grills (Free Agent): 2-0 in 2 starts with a 1.64 ERA/0.909 WHIP in 11.0IP
RHP Juan Santos: 0-0 in 1 game with a 9.00 ERA/2.000 WHIP in 1.0IP (last played 10/29)
AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (ABL) - starts regular season 11/17
NEWS AND LINKS
Friend of the Blog Ian Madden came up with this report about how current and former Aussie Astros did in the U23 World Baseball Cup:
As you may be aware the U23 World Baseball cup was just played in Monterrey Mexico. Just to update you, Australia won Silver beaten by Japan. In the Australian side was Connor MacDonald who won the home run award -- he had a great competition belting 2 home runs in the game against Panama, and 4 in total for the duration. Others to mention were ex-Astros Jared Cruz and Lachlan Madden. It was good to see both current and past Astros in a very good Australian side that came into the competition as the under dogs making it through to the Gold Medal match only to come up against the number 1 ranked Japanese side.
MacDonald was also named the tournament's All-World Team first baseman.
Bobby DeMuro of the Knuckleball Blog has a serious man-crush on Astros up-and-coming OF Ramon Laureano.
And speaking of Ramon Laureano, MiLB released their all-organization Astros minor league team with Laureano as a member. Three of the players named made their major league debuts in 2016.
As a reminder, the deadline for protecting player's in advance of December's Rule 5 draft is November 18th this year (as the 20th falls on a weekend). Here is my primer on the draft, along with the Astros players who will be eligible.