Since the full season minor league rosters for the Astros were released yesterday, I noticed there is no player in the Astros minor league organization who played for Greeneville in 2004-2007. There is only one player from that time frame with the big league Astros and that is Brandon Barnes. Not to bet a much beaten dead horse but it just goes to show how poorly run the system was a few years ago.
Let's take a look at the 11 players who are left in affiliated ball from those teams.
There are three players who are still in affiliated ball:
Fernando Abad (Nationals AAA), Arcenio Leon (Brewers AA), Albert
Cartwright (Phillies AA).
From the 2006 team, Brandon
Barnes is in Houston with the big club. Other than that, Ralph Henriquez is with AA Tulsa (Rockies) and Tom Vessella (AA Giants) are
the only players left in affiliated ball.
Barnes and Henriquez are the
only two players left in affiliated ball from the 2005 team.
2004 team still has a large number in affliated ball but none with the
Astros organization. Troy Patton (Baltimore) and J.C. Gutierrez
(Royals) were on opening day rosters. Felipe Paulino is on the Royals 60 day DL as he continues to rehab from Tommy John surgery. He should be back in the majors around the all star break. J.R. Towles (Cardinals) and Jordan Parraz (Braves) are both in AAA to start this season.
So basically out of the 11 players from those years, you have one player who is a home grown player who is a back up in the major leagues.
You have three players that were traded as a part of packages to obtain needed pieces:
Patton - key piece of the Tejada trade
Gutierrez - traded with Burke & Qualls for Valverde
Paulino - traded for Clint Barmes
And you have seven players who are currently organizational type players or AAAA type players in other systems.