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.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Parraz Helps Case To Make Braves

Yesterday, Jordan Parraz helped his case to make the Braves big league roster with a single in the ninth inning to tie the game.  Parraz went 1 for 4 and saw his spring training average drop to .393.  Braves manager Freddi Gonzalez talked about him after the game:
"So far, he has swung the bat well," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He has some pop. Everything is about timing and opportunity. But yeah, I like what I see. He runs the bases well. He's not going to steal you 30 bases, but he's OK. He throws above average."
The Brave's blogs are starting to pick up the case for Jordan making the roster as well. Tomhawk Take compared the three outfielders in the battle for the final spot  and had this to say in conclusion:
So based on all of the things I have went over Jordan Parraz would be my choice to have a spot on the bench come Opening Day. I feel like his bat is needed with the team still struggling a bit offensively.
Capitol Avenue Club had this to say about their expectations for Jordan's contributions off the bench:
While the bench does not look as strong as it once was in the Omar Infante and Martin Prado (on the bench) days, Drew Sutton and Jordan Parraz have a chance to take a somewhat mediocre group and make them above average. Over the past 20 years when the Braves have been good, they often had a solid bench that helped when called upon. With Sutton and Parraz likely to get shots this spring, I think the bench could end up being a valuable asset over the course of the season.
 As the spring progresses, I am getting hopeful that the Greeneville Astros staff will be putting up another banner of a former G-Stro who has made it to the show.

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