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.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Four Former G-Stros Make Opening Day Rosters As Gutierrez Claims Final Spot

Yesterday it was announced that J.C. Gutierrez claimed the final spot in the Royals' bullpen. He won it based on a solid performance in spring training and the fact that he was the only person vying for the spot who was out of options.  The Royals didn't want to expose the ex -Astros formerly known as Juan Gutierrez to waivers.

With the announcement of Gutierrez winning his spot; there are four former Greeneville Astros on opening day rosters this season:  Jose Altuve, Brandon Barnes, Troy Patton and J.C. Guttierez.

The could be one more former G-Stro who could be named to a roster as an injury replacement.  News out of Houston is that Fernando Martinez might have to go on the DL for an oblique injury.  If that happens, it is possible that J.D. Martinez will take his roster spot. Though I suspect the Astros will go with switch hitting Trevor Crowe to increase match up options on the bench.

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