Tuesday is opening night. It is time you had a proper introduction to the 2011 Greeneville Astros. Here is a snippet on each of the players on the opening day roster.
Richardo Batista – LHP, 19 years old
Batista is one of the 4 returners this year. He started 12 games last season and finished with an 0-5 record and a 6.29 ERA. This is his 3rd season in the states.
Jamaine Cotton – RHP, 20 years old
Cotton appeared in 13 games for the G-Stros last season after being drafted in the 15th round out of Western Oklahoma State College. He averaged giving up two runs an inning pitched. He did strike out 15 in 14 innings pitched.
Zachary Dando – RHP, 20 years old
The 2011 32nd round pick chose to sign with the Astros rather than pitch at Southern California. He pitched for Central Arizona College in the national junior college championships this year.
Danilo Del Rio – RHP, 20 year old
The young Columbian pitcher makes the move to Greeneville from the Gulf Coast League. He made 11 starts for the GCL Astros last season and pitched two complete games.
Mark Jones – RHP, 20 years old
Jones, who stands 6’7”, spent the last two season pitching for the GCL Astros after being drafted in the 22nd round in 2009. He gave up just over a hit an inning. He also walked 29 while striking out 31.
Chris Lee – LHP, 18 years old
Lee was drafted in the 4th round of the 2011 draft. He is the highest draft pick to arrive in Greeneville so far this season. He pitched for Santa Fe Community College in Florida this spring. He went 3-3 with a 2.85 ERA for Santa Fe.
Jeremiah Meiners – LHP, 22 years old
Meiners was the 40th round pick a year ago. He pitched in 16 games in relief for the GCL Astros. He finished with a 6.95 ERA.
Luis Ordosgoitti – RHP, 18 years old
Ordosgoitti started 5 games for the GCL Astros last year, making his pro debut. As a 17 year old, he amassed a 3.09 ERA in 23 1/3 IP.
Jose Perdomo – RHP, 19 years old
Perdomo is definitely one to watch this year. He fanned 69 batters in 59 1/3 innings last season for the GCL Astros. In 11 starts, he finished with a 1.67 ERA with a WHIP of less than 1.0.
Tyson Perez – RHP, 21 years old
Perez chose to sign a contract with the Astros instead of moving from Junior College to Division I Long Beach State. Drafted in the 17th round, he missed all of 2010 with a torn labrum and subsequent shoulder surgery.
James Propst – RHP, 22 years old
Propst, the 38th round pick this season, comes to Greeneville after putting together a 7-6 record with a 3.66 ERA for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Rodney Quintero – RHP, 21 years old
Quintero returns to Greeneville where he only appeared in 3 games and amassed 3 2/3 innings pitched after he was drafted in the 25th round in 2010.
Paris Shewey – LHP, 22 years old
A non drafted free agent signed after the 2011 draft. He was the closer for Washington State gathering 10 saves in the 2011 college season.
Matison Smith – RHP, 22 years old
The old man of the bunch will turn 23 just a few days after the season opens. He was signed as a non drafted free agent last season and pitched in 19 games for the GCL Astros. He finished with an impressive 1.59 ERA in 34 IP.
Scott Zuloaga – LHP, 21 years old
Zuloaga was drafted in the 16th round in 2011 out of Scottsdale Community College. He is another closer candidate as he saved 6 games in college. He had an impressive 1.82 ERA with 43 strike outs in 39 2/3 innings pitched.
Luis Alvarez – 21 years old
Alvarez is making his second stop in Greeneville. In 2009, he had an impressive start to the season and then blew out his knee backing up first base on a ground out. He missed all of last season following the surgery.
Ernesto Genoves – 20 years old
Genoves comes to Greeneville after two seasons in the GCL. His numbers improved in the second season with his average rising from .234 to .278.
Christian Moronta – 21 years old
Moronta is making his stateside debut in Greeneville. He jumps from the Dominican Summer League where he hit .364 in only 8 games. It was his 3rd season in the DSL.
Josh McGee – 19 years old
McGee is a 2nd baseman. He was drafted in the 18th round of the 2010 draft and hit .227 for the GCL Astros last season.
Chan Moon – 20 years old
Moon was signed to a six figure signing bonus out of South Korea. He made his pro debut last year in the GCL and hit .215. He divided his defensive time between SS and 3rd. He made 19 errors.
Darwin Rivera – 19 years old
The young Dominican born third baseman is one of the prospects I am excited to see this year. He was signed for a six figure bonus in 2009. He only got into one game in 2010 and started the 2011 season in the DSL. After 12 games, apparently the Astros Player Development Department had seen enough and sent him to Greeneville. He hit .333 in the 12 games he had appeared in for the DSL Astros.
Ronald Sanchez – 19 years old
Drafted out of Puerto Rico in the 16th round in 2009, Sanchez has spent two season in the GCL putting up less than stellar numbers. He is listed as a 1st baseman.
Ruben Sosa – 20 years old
The little second baseman was drafted in the 23rd round of the 2011 draft from Oklahoma City University. He is learning to play infield after playing the outfield for Oklahoma City University, a NAIA school.
Alex Todd – 21 years old
The 27th round pick from the 2011 draft out of Sonoma State University, Todd received several awards for his play at SSU. He is a shortstop.
Chase Davidson – 21 years old
Davidson is listed on the roster as an outfielder but worked out solely at 1st at a recent practice. He was originally drafted in the 3rd round by the Astros in 2008 but he chose to go to Univ. of Georgia instead. After disappointing seasons, he was drafted in the 41st round in 2011. Jonathan Meyer was drafted as the compensation for Davidson not signing in 2008.
Jose Monzon – 19 years old
The youngster from Venezuela played for the GCL Astros last season, putting up a batting average of .250 in 35 games. He showed improvement from his 2009 DSL season.
Ariel Ovando – 17 years old
This is the kid many will come to see in 2011. He was signed to a 2.6 million dollar signing bonus last July. It will be very interesting to see how he does against advanced competition in his pro debut.
Jose Vargas – 20 years old
Vargas had been a catcher until last season when he moved to the outfield. He spent two season in the GCL before joining the Astros this season.
Garen Wright – 20 years old
Wright was the 29th round pick out of high school in 2009. The Oklahoma City native is a raw talent that the Astros have said they will be patient to watch develop. He showed progress in his first two pro season with his average rising from .185 to .231.