Welcome to Appy Astros, a blog dedicated to following current & former Greeneville Astros, the Appalachian League affiliate of the Houston Astros. Here you will find reports on current G-Stros, updates on the development of former G-Stros and occasionally an update on what has happened to the guys who have hung up their spikes.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Winter Ball Update

Jose Altuve has been told all along that when a few of the big league players joined the team in December, he would have to move to the bench. Apparently, Magalanes manager Luis Blasini felt that the line up without Altuve was missing a "spark" (chispa), so he put him back in at 3rd base to start. He moved over the 2nd later in the game.

His spark at the plate resulted in a 2-4 day with a run scored and a win for Magalanes over the Bravos.

Wlad Sutil has been getting some playing time lately. He played 2nd last night for Aguilas de Zulia, and took part in turning a triple play! With runners at 1st and 2nd, Raul Chavez lined out to 3rd baseman Jose Pirela, who throw to Sutil, who threw to first to complete the triple play. He was 1 for 3 at the plate with a walk. He has raised his average to .273 on the LVBP season.

Also appearing for Zulia in that game was Arcenio Leon. Leon pitched two innings, giving up no runs and one hit while fanning two. His performance was a strong bounce back from his previous outing where he didn't retire a batter after walking two batters and giving up two runs, one of them earned. His ERA for the season is 4.00 in eight outings. Walks are hurting Leon, he has given up 8 in 9 IP. He has only given up 5 hits.

Meanwhile, over in the Liga Biesbol Dominico, Fernando Abad is continuing to put up a solid showing. He gave up just one run in 3 1/3 IP last night for Toro del Este. Back on 11/23, he was given the "Star of the Week Award" for his performance over the prior week.

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