In our continuing series of what we will be looking for from former Greeneville Astros. Moving around the diamond to second, let's see what we will be watching for as full season ball begins. The year(s) they played in Greeneville and their age on opening day will be in parenthesis.
Jose Altuve (2008,09 - 21)
What a year for Jose! Jumping from high A to MLB. Getting almost 900 AB in minors, majors and winter ball? Can he build off the buzz of a great 2011 season and put up solid MLB numbers in 2012? Will the lack of rest this winter hurt him this season?
Albert Cartwright (2007, 08 - 23) - Missed all of 2011 season with a torn Achilles tendon. He is a part of the Phillies' farm system. How will he do after missing all of 2011?
Delino DeShields (2010 - 19) - Showed solid progress with the transition to second. Yes he made a bunch of errors but many were before the all star break. Will he progress on to Lancaster to start the season? With the defense improving, will the bat follow? Will stolen bases improve?
Josh Magee (2011 - 20 - Rookie) - Hit .376 in August to boost his season average to .283. This was aided by his record breaking 12 at bat hitting streak. Can he continue to improve his approach at the plate as the pitchers he faces improve? Can show improvement defensively this year?
Ben Orloff (2009 - 24 - Low A) - Orloff played 80 games at SS for Lexington last year and just 15 at 2B. He hit a solid .284 but is old for the level. Will he head to Lancaster or be released this year?
Ruben Sosa (2011 - 21 - Low A) - I am putting him in this group because he played more games at 2nd base (20) than he did in the outfield (16) for Greeneville in 2011. Will he make a Lexington out of Spring Training? Will he be in the OF or at 2nd this year?
Projected placement for those still in the Astros organization:
Oklahoma City - AAA
Corpus Christi - AA
Lancaster - High A
Lexington - Low A
Extended Spring Training