Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Minor-league signings!

Brian McTaggart says that the Astros have signed IF Brian Dopirak and RHP Sammy Gervacio to minor-league contracts with invitations to Major-League Spring Training.

Dopirak will be 27 next week, and was the Cubs' 2nd Round pick in 2002. He was in Triple-A Las Vegas in part of 2009 and all of 2010, hitting .296/.331/.476 in 138 games at Triple-A.

Over the course of nine minor-league seasons, Dopirak has hit .280/.336/.484, with 770K:271BB, 371 extra-base hits, and 596 RBI.

He's a first-baseman, which is interesting, as he'll either be IF6 or in Triple-A (or cut, I suppose). And isn't Koby going to be at Triple-A? Or Brett Wallace? Still, it doesn't hurt anything to give him a shot, and see if he can replicate his 25+ HR power (as he has done in three seasons, most recently in 2009 between AA-AAA).

And you know all about Slammin' Sammy Gervacio.


John Bateman said...

It looks like Wallace continues his downward spiral. They sure praised him highly when they got him. They must have seen something in him besides poor hitting that they do not like. It is also beoming apparent that Clemens and Drew Locke are not in their future plans. Still would like to see Locke get a chance

AstroAndy said...

I would think Dopirak is signed as insurance in case Wallace does *well*.

Round Rock had four guys put in at least 20 games at first base in 2010. One of those was Bogusevic, who looks like he might make the big club, and another was Chris Shelton, who is no longer with the organization. This is just a depth move to make sure AAA is somewhat shouldn't/doesn't reflect on the club's view of Wallace.