Discussion in 'Houston Astros' started by tellitlikeitis, Nov 17, 2016.
As an aside, have you ever read Ball Four?
If you haven't read it (and I'm talking to all of you), you should. It's funny and crazy and insightful. Excellent read.
Harry Walker is the one who manages this crew
He doesn't like it when we smoke and drink and fight and screw
But when we win the game each day
Then what the F can Harry say
It makes a fella proud to be an Astro
The Astros released a couple of lower-level pitchers yesterday:
Agapito Barrios was originally signed by the Astros in 2011 out of Panama. He pitched in the GCL, Tri-City, and Quad Cities in 2016.
Austin Nicely was the Astros' 10th-round pick in 2013 out of a Virginia high school and signed for $610,000. He pitched at Tri-City and also made one appearance for Quad Cities in 2016.
That's a good reminder to keep low expectations on those HS guys who fall and sign overslot deals in the 10/11th rounds. Devonte German was another one of those guys I believe.
I remember when Nicely was drafted, Luhnow or somebody in the FO had tweeted a pic of their draftees with a bunch of decals attached to certain names. Nicely's name had a shitload of decals and the insinuation was that he was a guy a whole lot of Astros scouts really really liked. Bummer to see him flame out especially since he was a lefty, an area the farm is a little thin in right now.
Manager: Tony DeFrancesco
Pitching Coach: Dyar Miller
Hitting Coach: Darryl Robinson
Development Coach: Aaron DelGiudice
Manager: Rodney Linares
Pitching Coach: Dave Borkowski
Hitting Coach: Joel Chimelis
Development Coach: Grant Kawamura
Manager: Omar Lopez
Pitching Coach: Chris Holt
Hitting Coach: Troy Snitker
Develpoment Coach: Mickey Storey
Manager: Russ Steinhorn
Pitching Coach: Drew French
Hitting Coach: Ben Rosenthal
Development Coach: Jason Bell
Manager: Morgan Ensberg
Pitching Coach: Bill Murphy
Hitting Coach: Jeremy Barnes
Manager: Danny Ortega
Pitching Coach: Erick Abreu
Hitting Coach: Cesar Cedeño
Manager: Wladimir Sutil
Pitching Coach: Jose Rada
Hitting Coach: Luis Mateo
Pitching Coach: Rick Aponte
Hitting Coaches: Evaristo Lantigua, Omar Rosario
Other coach: Erik Acevedo Rojas
Manager: Carlos Lugo
Pitching Coaches: Gerardo Olivares, Darwin Peguero
Hitting Coach: Rene Rojas
Other coaches: Alejandro Martinez, Selin Aquino
Current projected opening day full season rosters:
OF T. Hernandez
OF P. Tucker
Bench: 1B Singleton, IF Mayfield, C Centeno, OF Aplin
Rotation: Martes, Feliz, Paulino, Rodgers, Holmes, Yuhl
Bullpen: Frias, Tolliver, Guduan, Jankowski, Hoyt, Gustave
Inactive/released/etc.: Stassi, Woodward, Ballard, Garcia, Kemmer, Minnis, Cotton, Reifenhauser, Perez, Mortensen, West, McCurry
SS A. Sierra
Bench: IF Nunez, C De Oleo, IF Hyde, OF Sewald
Rotation: Thornton, Sneed, Armenteros, Deetz, Emanuel, Dykxhoorn, Smith, Bower
Bullpen: Freeman, Deemes, Dorris, Peterson
Inactive/etc.: Avea, McDonald, Wik, Ramsay, Ayarza, Boyd, Weathersby, Santos, Schmidt, Sandoval, Sims, Heredia, Comer, Thompson
OF K. Tucker
Bench: UT Duarte, IF Michelena, UT Mizell, C Correa
Rotation: C. Sierra, E. Hernandez, J. Hernandez, James, F. Valdez, Quiala, Bostick, Radziewski
Bullpen: Person, Garza, E. Chavez, Ferrell
Inactive/etc.: R. Castro, Marlow, Wernes, Walter, Murphy, McCanna, Thome, Winkelman
SS M. Sierra
OF S. Johnson
DH T. Jones
Bench: DeGoti, C. Robinson, Benedetti, Mejia
Rotation: Whitley, F. Perez, H. Perez, Alcala, C. Perez, Saldana, Britton, P. Sandoval
Bullpen: L. Ramirez, J. Robles, R. Castro, N. Hernandez
Inactive/etc.: Roa, Porter, Whitt, J. Ferrell, Nelson, Kessay
Notables in EST: Toro, Mauricio, Amador, LaRue, Javier, Adcock, L. Chavez, B. Abreu, H. Paulino
Notables in DR: N. Rodriguez, Y. Alvarez, Cueta, E. Valdez, Nova, H. Martinez, Celestino, Rafael, Y. Ramirez, Macuare, Navas
Geez, hello Triple-A championship.. especially if Tucker goes up lol.
That's a pretty ludicrous roster.
Franklin Perez did really well in A ball last year. Why would they put him there again? Also don't see Alvarez, Valdez or Celestino repeating the year in the DSL.
There's a bit of a starting pitching logjam, especially at High A, so that's hard to predict.
I don't expect Celestino and those guys to repeat DSL, that's why I typed DR instead; it's just that I don't expect them to come stateside until closer to the GCL opening day.
Really I see every team as pretty stacked, although there is slight weakness in the corner infield at the lower levels. But yeah, that AAA is pretty incredible. We will have to see how much any potential trades change this outlook.
Man I had really high hopes for Conrad Gregor after his year at Lancaster. But alas it was all a Lancaster illusion. Going into his fourth year at AA. Surprised he hasn't already been let go.
I guess this is the downer perspective but I look at the AAA club and don't immediately see a guy on an upward trend. Lots of guys who have varying success at AAA but all mediocre at the ML level. I could picture a year where several of those guys get called up and no one really impacts the big league club.
Of course, single-handedly A.J Reed could prove me wrong.
Did you not see Martes?
Teoscar & White have at least shown me something to hope on.
Touche, i guess i was locked in on the lineup.
Martes/Feliz/Paulino could make for some devastating series for opponents.
Damn.... get well soon.
That's a bummer. He was kind of a sleeper prospect, and AA infielders look pretty thin. Unless Anibal Sierra is ready for AA they're looking at Nunez and Hyde as the SS/2B combo in Corpus.
20th-round pick in 2015