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    Minor League News

    This is the place to post news and updates on our minor league players.


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    Single-A Salem's Polin Trinidad threw seven scoreless innings in a second straight outing on Monday.

    Trinidad, a 23-year-old lefty, is 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA. He has underwhelming stuff, but he throws strikes and holds his own against righties with a quality change. The Astros should test him with Double-A in an effort to figure out whether he's a legitimate prospect.

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    2006 second-round pick Sergio Perez tossed six scoreless innings Monday for Double-A Corpus Christi.

    Perez is quickly making up for lost time after missing the first month with a groin injury. He has a 0.59 ERA in three starts in the Texas League. As little pitching depth as the Astros have, it's possible he'll debut in the majors at some point this year. Still, he probably wouldn't have success right away.

    source: rotoworld

    I've been hyping this kid for a while so I'm glad to see that he's on his way back. I think he might get the nod if the Astros look for a minor league starter not named Cassel.

    If Roy isn't able to go it's going to be interesting to see who gets the start based on last day they pitched.

    I would love to see either Norris or Perez get a chance, but it's most likely going to be Cassel or maybe Chance Douglas who was just promoted to AAA Round Rock.

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    Double-A Corpus Christi's Chris Johnson went 3-for-4 on Thursday, but also committed his 17th error at third base.

    Mat Gamel isn't the worst third baseman in Double-A after all. Johnson, a 2006 fourth-round pick out of Stetson, is hitting .375/.418/.542 in May. However, he probably won't have the bat to make a successful move to first base or a corner outfield spot. He might top out as a Triple-A player.

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    LOL! Classic Rotoworld! Gotta love the site that thinks of every player in the minors as a future reliever or 3rd or 4th starter at best.....love it!

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    2007 fifth-round pick Collin DeLome hit his ninth and 10th homers Wednesday for low Single-A Lexington.

    DeLome looks like the best prospect from the Astros' ridiculously weak 2007 draft, and he's striking out more than once per game as a 22-year-old in low-A ball. The Lamar product should possess the power to make it as a corner outfielder, but his on-base ability is in question. He's currently hitting .261/.341/.541 with a 45/15 K/BB ratio in 157 at-bats.

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    J.R. House had a 5-for-5 game Thursday for Triple-A Round Rock.

    House is batting .359/.461/.547 during May. If the Astros sent down J.R. Towles, it seems like a given that they'd turn to Humberto Quintero as his replacement. However, House could still be of use as a third catcher and pinch-hitter. There are certainly worse bench players in the majors.

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    Tommy Manzella went 3-for-5 with a homer and a triple Friday for Double-A Corpus Christi.

    A rare big offensive game for a defensive-minded shortstop. Manzella is hitting .314/.364/.457, giving him more than 150 points of OPS over his total from Single-A Salem and Corpus Christi last year. It’s about time for the Astros to test him with Triple-A.

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    Single-A Salem's Koby Clemens went 4-for-5 with a triple in Thursday's game.

    The Astros didn't think Clemens would hit enough to make it as a third baseman, so they moved him to catcher this year. So far, he's been a big surprise with the bat, compiling a .304/.400/.511 line in 39 games. On the other hand, it doesn't seem like the experiment behind the plate is going so well. The 21-year-old has been charged with 13 passed balls, and at last check, Salem doesn't have a staff full of knuckleballers.

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    J.R. Towles went 2-for-4 and homered in a third straight game for Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday.

    Brad Ausmus is ancient and Humberto Quintero hasn't done anything since being called up, so Towles may already be worthy of another opportunity. He's hit .288/.391/.593 with five homers in 59 at-bats since being sent down.

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    Manager Cecil Cooper said Wednesday that J.R. Towles will likely start four out of every five games for the Astros behind the plate.

    Towles hit just .145 in his first stint with the Astros, but returned to putting up big numbers following a demotion to Triple-A and has a very impressive minor league track record. He's now an excellent buy-low candidate and has a chance to make a big impact in NL-only leagues during the second half.

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    Brian Bogusevic is now hitting .371 with 3 HRs and 14 RBIs in AA since his transition to the outfield.

    Collin Delome is hitting .231 with 10 HRs and 31 RBIs.

    Nothing special but Ross Seaton pitched a perfect inning in his pro debut Monday.

    All stats are courtesy of MiLB.com

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    i know robert leonhardt who played last season in Lexington on the Legends, he didn't do as well as i would have hoped, but from what ive seen in the offseason he is primed to push his way up to triple A and contend for a September call up and be up in the rotation or middle relief in 2010

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    Can someone please tell me why Gaston isn't in Double A yet? The guy is hitting .307 with 25 hrs. and 70 RBI's!!! There is no need to keep him there? He desirves to move up. Does anyone know why they are keeping him there?

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    Astros Release Alex Romero

    Astros Release Alex Romero

    Outfielder Alex Romero was released by the Astros, tweets Alyson Footer. Romero had been signed to a minor league deal on December 8th, and went 4 for 11 this spring. The 26-year-old hit .348/.416/.462 for the D'Backs' Triple a club last year, but struggled in the Majors. Two years ago, Baseball America called Romero "the ideal fourth outfielder."

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyfikac06 View Post
    Can someone please tell me why Gaston isn't in Double A yet? The guy is hitting .307 with 25 hrs. and 70 RBI's!!! There is no need to keep him there? He desirves to move up. Does anyone know why they are keeping him there?
    You quoted three virtually meaningless stats.... batting average homers and RBI's?

    Focus on his Walk Rate, K Rate, OBP, and Slugging.

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