Sunday, April 9, 2017

Astros MiLB Transactions/Roster Moves

This will be the first Transaction post of the new season and the last Transaction post recapping all of the off-season moves.

First of all, I'm officially retiring the 2016-2017 Off-Season Transaction List. I cannot guarantee that it is complete because, for whatever reason, MiLB.com simply didn't update a lot of the releases that happened over the winter. There are still quite a number of players who are showing active on player pages who have actually been released.

With that said, here are the most recent roster moves/transactions ...

4-6: RHP Enrique Chavez placed on the Low A Quad Cities 7-day DL
4-5: RHP David Martinez signed as an MiLB free agent and assigned to AAA Fresno
4-4: SS Jonathan Arauz - suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a methamphetamine
4-4: C Tyler Heineman - traded to the Brewers for a PTBNL or cash
3-30: RHP Bryan Solano signed (19-year old Costa Rican player)
Unknown Date: IF/OF Marc Wik - reportedly retired during the offseason (no official info available)

David Martinez first signed with the Astros in March 2005 out of Venezuela and made his major league debut for the Astros in August of 2013. Martinez pitched a grand total of 18 and a third innings for the Astros at the major league level before leaving to free agency in November 2014. He spent 2015 in the Rangers system and split the 2016 season between the Minnesota and Detroit systems, but never made it back to the big leagues before being released by Detroit in March. In 12 minor league seasons, he has a 3.99 ERA and a 1.338 WHIP. He is coming off a successful winter league season in Venezuela, having compiled a 2.77 ERA and a 1.154 WHIP in limited action (13 innings in 10 games).

David Martinez - May 2013
Photo by Jayne Hansen

I would personally like to take a moment to wish Tyler Heineman a very fond farewell. Heineman is one of the most genuine down-to-earth people you will ever have the pleasure of meeting. There is no ego, no pretension in Tyler and he always gave me honest answers to any questions I asked. I don't think it ever occurred to him to shade the truth. That is a rare quality in individuals in any walk of life and it always made for an entertaining discourse. Tyler will be missed and I wish him nothing but the best as he enters this new chapter in his baseball life.

Tyler Heineman - September 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Dustin did an excellent job of fleshing out the Astros minor league opening day rosters, including coaching staffs, venue information and a little bit of player trivia. If you didn't check them out previously, please do so.

Fresno Grizzlies
Corpus Christi Hooks
Buies Creek Astros
Quad Cities River Bandits

A couple opening day roster moves of note ... 1B Jon Singleton has been assigned to the AA Corpus team so that he can get regular at bats while A.J. Reed and Tyler White man that position at the AAA level. Also, RHP Derick Velazquez, the 7th round pick from 2014, is back in action for the Quad Cities team after sitting out two seasons and reportedly undergoing three separate surgeries. I was really high on Velazquez when I talked with him back in 2014 and I hope to get the opportunity to catch him in person this season.

And one final note ... Congratulations to former Astro RHP Mike Hauschild who made his major league debut for the Rangers last night. Hauschild becomes the latest member of the WTHB Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Mike!

Mike Hauschild - June 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

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