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.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Former G-Stros on Minor League Rosters

The Astros' minor league full season affiliates released their rosters tonight.  Here are the former G-Stros that are listed on those rosters with the year(s) they played in Greeneville in parentheses. I have added a brief comment about each player and what I am watching for this season. 

Quad Cities (Low A):
Carlos Correa (12) - excited to see how he handles an advanced level at a young age
Chase Davidson (11) - hope he can stay healthy and get a chance to show his ability
Mike Hauschild (12)- mature bullpen arm, was too old for Greeneville last year
Jordan Jankowski (12) - same as above
Terrell Joyce (12) - good athlete with some raw power
Mitchell Lambson (12) - is repeating low A in a new league
Lance McCullers (12)  - big jump - let's see how he does with it
Daniel Minor (12) - very excited to see how he does at this level - could move up a level in he continues to show success he had in G'ville last year.
Ariel Ovando (10,11) - surprised to see him here - was working with extended spring group while I was at spring training
Roberto Pena (10) - new catching depth has slowed his climb
Rio Ruiz (12) - another of the young guys taking a big jump 
Jordan Scott (11) - repeating level, looking at OF on roster he should see some time in CF
Vincent Velasquez  (10) - my pick for break out pitcher in first full season since TJ surgery caused him to miss 11 - was very good at Tri Cities last year
Jesse Wierzbicki (11) - will be watching to see if he can build on last year's success in Tri Cities

Luis Cruz (09) - still have hope for little lefty but time is starting to run out
Delino DeShields (10) - should be an all star if he is not promoted first
Michael Foltynewicz (10) - excited by what he showed this spring - how will he handle the winds of the Cal League?
Tyson Perez (11) - repeating the league after an up and down 2012
Carlos Quevedo (09) - repeating level, will be interesting to see if he is a starter or in the pen
Rafael Valenzuela (10) - also repeating the level after solid 2012 season

Corpus Christi:
Ruben Alaniz (10) - continues to quietly climb the ladder
Jorge De Leon (08) - converted shortstop was re-signed as a minor league free agent this year
Rene Garcia (08) - has never had more than nine passed balls in a season
David Martinez (09) - made a splash with some brief time in major league camp this spring
Ryan McCurdy (10) - NDFA out of Duke continues back up catcher career
Jonathan Meyer (09) - had put more weight on frame during off season - we'll be watching to see if power numbers increase
Jiovanni Mier (09) - can he stay out of the training room - important year for former first round draft pick
Ben Orloff  (09) - quietly having a very nice pro career playing mostly SS but some 2nd and 3rd as well
Ross Seaton (08) - repeating level despite solid 2012- newly acquired depth at starting pitching is creating challenge for him
Pat Urckfitz (08) - lefty NDFA took a step backwards last year spending the year in Lancaster - now back in Corpus where he spent most of 2011

Oklahoma City:
Jose Cisnero (08) - struck out 116 in 108 2/3 IP in CC last year
Jordan Lyles (08) - working out mechanical issues so he can be back in the majors soon
Chris Wallace (10) - needs to improve caught stealing numbers this year

Number of Players By Year in Greeneville

2004 -2007 - no remaining players in the Astros farm system
2008 - 6
2009 - 6
2010 - 9
2011 - 5
2012 - 8

Who is missing:
There are a few players who are not on these rosters.  They might be injured, been bumped out of full season spots by acquired players or have been released.  Here are a few that stand out to me who played full season ball last year:

Grant Hogue (09) - was injured when I visited spring training
Chan Moon (11)
Telvin Nash (10)
Murilo Gouvea (09,10)
Luis Ordosgoitti (11)

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