Showing posts with label Former Astros. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Former Astros. Show all posts

Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday Morning Hot Links

This is on a Knead two No bases:

*X-Rays on Jose Altuve's hand came back negative.

*Prior link: A.J. Reed hit a BP ball to "two feet from the base of" the CF wall at Tal's Hill

*If you give any craps, here's NESN on Drake.

*Tim Redding is now the pitching coach for the Auburn Doubledays, the NYPL team with which he began his professional career (when they were affiliated with the Astros).

*Remarkable post from Phillies blog (Phillies bloggers are my favorite non-Astros bloggers) The Good Phight on Ruben Amaro, Jr.. Read it, and appreciate Luhnow and the front office even more. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hot Links

Here's what you may have missed over the weekend...

*A great story from Jose de Jesus Ortiz on the cultural development of the Astros' minor-leaguers.

*Tyler Heineman highlights the Astros' depth behind the plate, and is slated to start 2014 at Corpus.

*Jesse Crain is at least two weeks away from throwing off a mound, any mound. 

*Quad Cities got their championship rings.

*Brad Peacock has a new changeup.

*At the end of this dumb Bill Madden piece on Barry Bonds and Pete Rose, a rival GM told Madden that George Springer was the best player in the minors.

*Jordan Lyles is in the mix to be the Rockies' SP5. Erik Bedard is in the mix to the Rays' SP5.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Dave Clark to be new Brewers minor-league manager

Former First Base Coach Dave Clark has accepted a job with the Brewers as the manager of Double-A Huntsville. Clark was the interim manager of the Astros after Cecil Cooper was fired, and interviewed for the vacant position that Brad Mills got in time for the 2010 season. He was a candidate for the Pittsburgh managerial role that eventually went to Clint Hurdle in 2011. Clark had been with the Astros organization since 2005 and led Corpus Christi to its first ever Texas League championship in 2006.

And in other, former Astros managing minor-league teams, news: Phil Nevin will be the manager of the Triple-A Reno Aces. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wade Miller has a new job

Former Astros ace Wade Miller, who pitched for Houston from 1999-2004 and was the Opening Day starter in 2002, got himself a job as an assistant coach at Division III Alvernia University in Reading, PA. Miller pitched for Alvernia in 1995 (still holding the single-game strikeout record, with 16) before getting drafted in the 20th Round by the Astros in 1996.

Miller threw 768IP, allowing 699H/330ER for a 3.87 ERA/1.31 WHIP, for the Astros. He finished his MLB career in Boston in 2005, and Chicago in 2006-07. He joined the Blue Jays' organization in 2009, pitching six games for Triple-A Las Vegas.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Jason Lane, pitcher

Former Astro Jason Lane has officially made the transition from outfielder to reliver.

“I wasn’t getting many at-bats the last few seasons as an outfielder and I was a little frustrated. I felt like the last couple years I spent in Triple-A haven't come with too many opportunities to play, so when Kevin Towers gave me an opportunity I decided to take it.”

Here's an interesting note:
(Lane) swung the bat so well he was drafted as an outfielder by the Astros in the sixth round.

Lane was told at the time if it didn’t work out as a hitter he could go back to pitching. It worked out, as Lane made it to the major leagues in 2002 and hit 26 home runs for Houston in 2005, when the Astros went to the World Series.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Hoffman on Hennis

Ken Hoffman has an excellent story on the Chron about former short-time Astro, Randy Hennis.

Hennis' final line with the Astros: 3 appearances, 9.2IP, 1H/0ER, 4K:3BB, 0.00 ERA/0.41 WHIP. There is a little side note in Hoffman's piece...

“The next game was in Atlanta, and I pitched two innings in relief and gave up no hits. The game was on TBS, so all my friends and family could watch. I don’t remember who I faced. I was out late the night before.”

Let's help him out, shall we? On September 23, 1990, Hennis came in for the 7th and 8th innings against the Braves, down 3-0. He:

Struck out Kelly Mann, got Paul Marak to groundout, walked Lonnie Smith and Jeff Treadway, and got Ron Gant to fly out to center. In the 8th, he got David Justice to flyout down the left field line, Tommy Gregg to pop up to third, and Jeff Blauser to strikeout swinging.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Daryle Ward suspended 50 games

Not that it really matters to us anymore, but Daryle Ward got himself suspended for 50 games after testing positive for "an amphetamine."

Ward is a minor-league free agent, so his suspension will start when he signs with a team. Or, more likely, his suspension will mean that he is suspended from baseball FOREVER.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fulchino is a free agent

Via MLBTR, we learn that Jeff Fulchino is now a free agent.

The Astros placed Fulchino on waivers, where he was claimed by the Padres, and didn't play much. Now he's on the market.

Drew Meyer: Coach

Former Astros' farmhand Drew Meyer has accepted an assistant coaching position with the University of South Carolina.

"But I think it's something I'd be good at. I have a lot of knowledge, a lot of things I've learned over the years. I've been paying attention to what works with players and kids and what doesn't work. Sometimes, it's just more about adjusting to different players."

Friday, July 8, 2011

Pellegrini hopes to return from injury

Good article on former Eddie's Farmhand Brian Pellegrini today.

"I came off a good year and go into spring training (in 2010), hoping to even break camp with the Double-A squad. Then in my first intrasquad game (with Houston's minor-leaguers), I hit a home run and I was rounding first base and hurt my hernia...

Then he had microfracture knee surgery:

"I asked for my release from the Astros because I would have had to stay down in Florida to continue to rehab all summer. I had microfracture knee surgery, and that can take up until a year until you are fine. I was trying to play on it three months after. I tried to play four or five times in games (this past spring), and I just couldn't do it with my knee...I'm just taking it easy, getting my knee ready to go. If any offers come calling, I'd be glad to come out. But it's tough for a team to sign me. I only played 50, 60 games last year."

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Chris Burke polished up his resume

Here we learn that former Astro Chris Burke has interviewed to be the head baseball coach at Western Kentucky.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Giants sign Max Ramirez

Just a quick note that the Giants signed former OKC catcher (for however briefly) Max Ramirez to a minor-league deal.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Felipe Paulino is now a Royal

So we're behind the curve with this news, but it's still worth noting that former Astro Felipe Paulino was traded by Colorado to Kansas City.

Royals manager Ned Yost:
"Our scouts say he's really got good stuff. We'll just have to see when he gets here. Our people like him a lot and say he's got a chance to be a starter down the road. We'll use him in the 'pen long right now; it just gives us more options."

Paulino was traded back in November for Clint Barmes - and as of now, this trade has worked out well enough, I suppose. We wrote:
If Felipe Paulino turns into Ubaldo Jimenez, we can all chalk this up to kerrazy Ed Wade shenanigans, but name a player - other than 2008 Lidge - who Wade got rid of that went on to be a star.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Chris Sampson signs with Marlins

Stephen Goff took special note of Chris Sampson's twitter account, and says that Sampson has signed a deal with the Marlins on a minor-league contract.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Robert Bono released by Marlins

Robert Bono, whom the Astros sent to the Marlins in the Lindstrom trade, was released by Florida this week.

After a 2009 season where Bono went 10-8 with a 3.20 ERA/1.24 WHIP (66K:19BB) for Lexington, he struggled in 2010, going 5-13 in High-A (with one appearance in Double-A), posting a 5.66 ERA/1.66 WHIP.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Geoff Geary got a job!

Former Astro Geoff Geary signed a minor-league deal with the Padres, without an invitation to Major League Spring Training, and will report on March 4.