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 21, 2013

Going Camping: Updates from Major League Spring Camps

Well, it is less than two weeks to opening day and we have some movement among former G-Stros in big league spring training.  Let's check out the updates starting with those in Astros camp:

Jose Altuve is a lock for the starting 2nd base job in Houston.  He has had a good spring hitting .356 with a on base percentage of .396.  It has been announced he will be batting in the lead off spot.

Brandon Barnes is continuing to make a case for making the 25 man roster out of spring training.  He has hit four home runs and has only struck out three times in 30 at bats.  He continues to provide stellar defense which helps his case as a reserve outfielder on the roster.

Rene Garcia is still in camp.  In a very small sample size (10 AB) he has a .300 average and a healthy .417 on base percentage.  He will likely return to minor league camp soon but it has been a good spring for Garcia.

Jordan Lyles was sent down to minor league camp today.  The Astros want him to right the ship in AAA and then return to the majors never to be sent down again.  Let's hope that is the case for Lyles.  According to Bo Porter, "it is not a demotion, it's a delay".

David Martinez got called up today and made his major league spring training debut.  He came in and pitched the 8th and 9th.  Facing only six batters and striking out two.  He will go back to minor league camp after the game, but it was nice to see him get a shot at some big league batters.

J.D. Martinez is being talked about as a part of the platoon in right field, sharing time with Rike Ankiel.  He is not having a great spring statistically.

Chris Wallace is still in big league camp but is getting limited action.  He will be heading to minor league camp before long.

Outside of Astros Camp:

Fernando Abad has had a solid spring but appears to be looking at starting the year in AAA.

Victor Garate was released by the Dodgers without ever appearing in a Spring Training game. 

J.C. Gutierrez (Juan) is battling for a return to the big leagues after missing last season with an injury. He is facing an up hill battle but is out of options so if he doesn't make the Royals, he might be a waiver claim candidate.

Arcenio Leon is still in big league camp with the Brewers but has only appeared in two games.  Both of those appearances were last month.

Troy Patton appears to be a fixture in the O's bullpen.  He appears to really like playing for manager Buck Showalter

Felipe Paulino is up to 35 pitches, throwing just fastballs and change ups.  He is slated to return around mid season. 

Jordan Parraz hit a three run pinch hit homer today.  He has had a solid spring but has little chance of making the 25 man roster for Atlanta.  But it is only a short drive from AAA to the ATL.

J.R. Towles has had a descent spring but is all but certainly headed to AAA Memphis.

So based on how things look right now.  Two former G-Stros (Altuve & Patton) are locks to be on rosters on opening day.   After that, those with descent chances are Barnes, Martinez & Gutierrez.  We will check in again next week to see where they stand.


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