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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Mier and Ovando Plus 3 Other Astros Make BA's 32nd Team

Baseball America has released it’s 32nd team this week.  Basically these are players who didn’t make the top 31 prospects of their organization but are still worthy of following.  What is interesting is there are five Astros' minor leaguers on this list.  

Bobby Borchering who is an outfielder we acquired from the D-Backs in the Chris Johnson deal.

Bobby Doran who excelled as a RHP in Lancaster last year and will be at AA this year.

Teoscar Hernandez who will play in the outfield at Quad Cities this year.

and two former G-Stros

Jiovanni Mier, who needs a healthy season of hitting to re-establish himself as a top prospect in the organization and may eventually be moved into more of a utility role. He played third a fair amount in the Arizona fall league.

Ariel Ovando, who apparently has worked at first base in instructional league. The article talks about how shoulder issues and “lack of overall athleticism” have lead to this move.  They project him to be in Tri Cities next season.

While it is discouraging to see a former first round pick and the player who received the largest international bonus in franchise history on the list and out of top prospect status; this list of players shows the depth that has been added to the Astros system over the year and a half. 

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