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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Towles Battles for Back Up Spot with Twins

Former G-Stro catcher J R Towles is currently in Twins camp battling for a back up spot on the major league roster.  Here is what the Star Tribune said about his chances of beating out Drew Butera for the 3rd catcher spot.

The Twins did sign J.R. Towles as a free agent. Towles, 28, hit .184 with 54 games with Houston last season and has a .187 average over five seasons of spot play for the Astros. But unlike Butera, Towles hit well in the minors, with a .294 career average and .394 on-base percentage. He needs to show some of that in the majors.  Towles could push Butera for a spot -- if there's a spot to push for.

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