It was reported a while back that David Lane, General Manager of the Greeneville Astros, had been named Appy League Executive of the Year. Houston Astros' Director of Social Media, Alyson Footer gave a nice shout out to David in her most recent blog and had this nice photo of David & Assistant GM Hunter Reed, who are in Orlando for the Winter Meetings.
The G-stros front office does an amazing job. Keep up the good work.
Jose Altuve continues to impress folks in the Venezuelan Winter Leagues (LVBP). With the season wrapping up at the end of the month, some of the media in Venezuela is looking at post season awards. Jose is being mentioned as a candidate for Rookie of the Year. BeisbolVenezolano.net is predicting that Jose will win the award and has a nice write up about him. They refer to him as "una de las gratas sorpresas del 2010" (one of the pleasant surprises of 2010). They also indicate that Jose's playing time might decrease as the season goes along due to players with more experience joining the team. Altuve's performance is at least making that decision tough for the manager. He is currently hitting .318 and has not committed an error in 25 games.
Paul Runge Joins Astros Minors Staff
One of the bits of news to trickle out of the rather uneventful winter meetings was that the Houston Astros have hired former Danville Braves' Manager Paul Runge to be their Minor League Field Coordinator. He had been slated to be the manager of the Rome Braves of the Sally League for 2011. While in Danville for 6 seasons, his teams never finished below .500 and he had a part in the development of some pretty special players. Here are some of the current Major League players who graced his rosters: Elvis Andrus, Yunel Escobar, Tommy Hanson, Kris Medlin, Jason Hayward, and Neftali Feliz.
Outside the Organization
Three former G-stros have signed or re-signed with teams in the last week. Jimmy Barthmaier re-signed with the Nationals, Victor Garate signed with the Marlins & Santo Luis re-signed with the Red Sox.
Carlos Quevedo Granted Permission to Play Winter Ball
Carlose Quevedo had been designated on the "fatigue list" by the Houston Astros due to the number of innings he pitched in Tri Cities this year. He was granted permission to start playing winter ball on December 1st by the Astros and has been pitching in the Venezuelan Developmental League. In his first 3 outings, he has given up 4 hits and 1 walk but no earned runs in 3 IP. I expect he will be added to the LVBP roster of Magallanes soon, possible on Monday.
Soto was released by the Houston organization in 2007. He has continued to play in Venezuela. He is pitching quite well for Magallanes right now. In his first 6 appearances since being called up from the developmental league, he has yet to allow an earned run or walk a batter. He has given up 3 hits in 6 IP and struck out 3 batters. The 28 year old lefty still has something left in that arm. I wonder if he might get a minor league contract from some team if he keeps this performance up?