Wednesday, March 17, 2010

First round of cuts in place

The Astros cut 12 today, none of them big surprises. Let's get to the list:

Fernando Abad
Evan Englebrook
Chia-jen Lo
Matt Nevarez
Polin Trinidad
Jose Valdez
Henry Villar

Obviously all of these pitchers were minor-leaguers, so they'll head to minor-league camp to play in games where they can get more consistent playing time.

Brian Bogusevic
Yordany Ramirez
Alex Romero

Wladimir Sutil

Lou Santangelo

Romero was the only player cut who was a non-roster invitee who had a legitimate shot at making the roster, and now he needs a job. Same thing applies to these players as the pitchers. Nevertheless, it looks as though OF5 is down to Jason Bourgeois and Cory Sullivan.

“A lot of the guys need to get consistent work, so they're going to go down to the minor league level and get consistent work. With Alex, it's an opportunity for him to get on maybe with another ballclub ... It just didn't look like it was a fit here, so maybe it will be a fit somewhere else.”