Monday, April 2, 2018

Astros Farm Report: 4/2

Only three days until MiLB Opening Day!!! Catching you up on the latest Astros MiLB news ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

Ralph Garza - August 2017
Photo by Jayne Hansen

4/2: RHP Brandon Bielak (22)
4/3: RHP Humberto Castellanos (20)
4/6: RHP Ralph Garza (24)
4/7: RHP Brendman Feldmann (24)

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

Just a few last-minute moves as the Astros minor league season approaches rapidly ...

3/28: C/IF Ray Henderson released - Drafted in the 22nd round in 2016 out of Grayson County College (TX)
3/28: 1B/OF Jose Benjamin released - Signed out of the Dominican Republic in June 2014
3/27: 1B Luis Encarnaci√≥n signed with the Astros following his release by the Phillies.

The main news is that the tentative Astros rosters for the four full season teams were released late last week. I broke down the rosters looking at:
  • How the players came into the Astros system
  • Where they were last season (and how they did)
  • Which players are deemed top prospects
  • Who's missing
And I tried to add a little insight as well.

You can check the cumulative Astros offseason transaction list here to see if you've missed any of the posted moves this offseason. I will be updating this list until the minor league season starts on April 5th.

NEWS AND LINKS

Last week I finished my roll out of 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. I covered over 130 minor league players in the organization from top prospect studs to non-drafted underdogs ...

Shortstops
Second Basemen
First Basemen
Third Basemen
Center Field
Right Field
Left Field
Catchers
Utility Players
Left-Handed Pitchers
Right-Handed Relievers
Right-Handed Starters

And here are another few links you may have missed ...

Meet first year Tri-City ValleyCats Manager Jason Bell.

Sig Mejdal's journey from the front office to the front lines.

Over at Baseball Prospectus, Russell Carleton makes a business case for increasing minor league wages. And FanGraphs thinks there may be only one solution.

MiLB.com catches you up on what happened this offseason and looks at some of the most interesting prospects in the system.

And in the latest edition of "We're Coming to Take Your Jobs," Sheryl Ring with FanGraphs asks, "Can Major League Baseball Legally Exclude a Woman?"

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