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.”


tpack said...

You think Bourgeois gets cut if he doesn't make the team?

The Constable. said...

Not necessarily, he was outrighted to Triple-A, cleared waivers, and accepted an assignment to Round Rock. So if he doesn't make the Major-League roster, he can be the first OF call-up if something happens to OF1-4.

Patrick said...

I'm not sure if there will be room at Round Rock for Bourgeois. Locke, Ramirez, and Bougusevic might already have those 3 starting spots locked down. Should be interesting to see how the pieces fall into place

OremLK said...

Bourgeois can play second base, Patrick, and since our starting AAA second baseman just sliced through his hand with a meat carver and had surgery, he should have some playing time opened up there :)

The Constable. said...

+1 to Patrick and OremLK