Monday, February 26, 2018

Astros Farm Report: 2/26

Catching you up on the latest Astros MiLB news ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

Corey Julks - MiLB Headshot

2-26: C Mike Papierski (26)
2-26: RHP Fabricio Reina (18)
2-26: RHP Hector Rondon (30)
2-26: RHP Oscar Severino (20)
2-27: OF Corey Julks (22)
2-27: RHP Felipe Tejada (20)
3-1: LHP Tim Hardy (22)
3-1: C Lorenzo Quintana (28)
3-3: RHP Angel Macuare (18)

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

2-26: C Lorenzo Quintana assigned to Buies Creek (Cuban signed by the Astros last fall)
2-21: RHP Forrest Whitley (Corpus) suspended 50 games for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program

I'm disappointed with Whitley because he is super smart and this was a NOT super smart move, but I feel certain that he will learn from the experience and work even harder to overcome the negative stigma. (In other words, he's a good kid. Give him a break. If he does it again, feel free to rip him a new one!)

Plus a couple more free agents (who were Astros last season) have signed with other teams this past week: OF Cameron Maybin (Marlins) and LHP Francisco Liriano (Tigers). Those who remain free agents are:

RHP Tyler Clippard - ended the 2017 season with the Astros
C Eduardo de Oleo - ended the 2017 season with the Fresno Grizzlies
RHP David Martinez - ended the 2017 season with the Fresno Grizzlies
OF Rico Noel - ended the 2017 season with the Fresno Grizzlies

You can check the cumulative Astros offseason transaction list here to see if you've missed any of the posted moves this offseason.

SPRING TRAINING MINOR LEAGUE STANDOUTS

Who were the minor league standouts in the first weekend of Spring Training games? I'm glad you asked ...

RHP Rogelio Armenteros


2B Ryne Birk

NEWS AND LINKS

MiLB has started up a farm system ranking based on position players and started with the bottom 10 systems (which, of course, does not include the Astros!).

MLB Pipeline and FanGraphs both released their top prospect lists last week. I will be updating my Astros consensus top prospect list shortly.

In case you missed it, I started a "Beyond the Top 30" series, looking at both those Astros players who are considered Top 30 prospects and others at each position who may not be top talents (or may grow to be), but will be interesting to watch nonetheless. So far we've looked at ...

Shortstops
Second Basemen
First Basemen
Third Basemen
Center Field
Right Field
Left Field
Catchers - Coming this week (I hope)

OK, Baseball, now that the Olympics are over, you have my full attention. But I do plan to live in the afterglow of this epic win for a little while longer ...

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