2010 3rd Round pick Austin Wates ended his 2012 season by hitting .304/.375/.429 for Corpus Christi. When he opened 2013, he spent 23 games back at Corpus hitting .310/.423/.448 and got promoted to OKC. After starting 3x12 in his first four games, Wates hit safely in nine of his next ten games before fracturing his forearm on an HBP at Iowa. When he tried to come back after five weeks, it went into full-on break. Now that he's back and healthy after a confidence-building stint in Winter Ball, Wates is crediting Vince Coleman for adding a dimension to his game.
Working with Vince Coleman for the past two Spring Trainings, Wates has worked on his running game:
I've been trying to pick things up from him so I have that in my game. It's something I've been working on, something where I can bring a lot value-wise, because I'm not a power hitter. The key is to get on base and try to make something happen.
Through four games for OKC Wates is 7x15 with 1K:2BB and three steals.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Building on some news from yesterday, the Astros have announced minor-league staffing assignments.
Morgan Ensberg: Roving Instructor. "Will be with Lancaster for home games and scout the Cal League or serve as a roving instructor while Lancaster is on the road."
Adam Everett: Infield Instructor. Will shuttle between the Major-League team and minor-league infielders.
Vince Coleman: Outfielding/Baserunning Development Specialist, Quad Cities
Oklahoma City: Tony DeFrancesco
Corpus: Keith Bodie (2012 Texas League Manager of the Year)
Lancaster: Rodney Linares (Returns for 2nd season with JetHawks)
Quad Cities: Omar Lopez (Greeneville's manager for 2011-12)
Tri-City: Ed Romero (manager of Greeneville in 2010
Greeneville: Josh Bonifay (managerial debut, Lexington's hitting coach in 2012)
GCL Astros: Edgar Alfonzo (previously GCL Astros' hitting coach)
DSL Astros: Johan Maya
Tom Lawless is an infield developmental specialist for OKC, and Mark Bailey will be the catching developmental specialist for Corpus. Former Gold-Glove OF Cesar Cedeno will be Bonifay's hitting coach in Greeneville.
Quad Cities GM Stefanie Brown:
"It's a somewhat unique set-up, but it shows the emphasis on development that is taking place throughout the Astros organization. We're excited about the staff that Houston has sent us in the first year of our affiliation with them."