Astros making minor news

The Astros outrighted pitcher Brad James to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday, creating another spot on the 40-man roster, which now stands at 36. Once considered one of the Astros’ top prospects, James was 2-10 with a 6.69 ERA in 23 games (21 starts) at Double-A Corpus Christi last season.

Also on Wednesday, the Astros hired Bob Rossi as a professional scout. Rossi, a veteran of 22 seasons as a scout, will cover Minor League clubs based in the eastern part of the country, the majority of which will be in the International League. In September, he will cover Major League clubs.

Rossi has spent 22 years as a full-time scout for four different ball clubs, most recently for the Chicago Cubs (2004-2007). Prior to his stint with the Cubs, Rossi worked in the Mets, Pirates and Cardinals organizations. In recognition of his success, he was inducted into the Southeastern Professional Baseball Association Hall of Fame in 2002 and Northeastern Chapter of the Pennsylvania State Hall of Fame in 1999.


The Astros also announced Wednesday that Felix Francisco and Charlie Norton will have new titles.

Francisco, who had been the club’s director of Latin American Scouting since November of 2007, has been named special assistant to the general manager, Latin American operations. Norton, who was in his second season as the Astros director of Research and Analysis, has been named director, baseball research/pro scouting Coordinator.

Francisco, 37, has played a significant role in the Astros scouting efforts in Latin America over the past two years. Prior to joining the Astros, Francisco had been a scout and scouting supervisor in the Braves and Padres organiza¨tions since 1995. Norton will be in his ninth season in the Astros organization in 2010, having started out as the general manager of the Martinsville Astros (rookie) in 2001. He later spent three seasons as Houston’s assistant director of baseball operations (2005-07).


Here is the updated 40-man roster.:
Fernando Abad (L)
Alberto Arias
Yorman Bazardo
Tim Byrdak (L)
Jeff Fulchino
Sammy Gervacio
Wilton Lopez
Brian Moehler
Bud Norris
Roy Oswalt
Felipe Paulino
Wandy Rodriguez (L)
Chris Sampson
Polin Trinidad (L)
Wesley Wright (L)
Jose Valdez
Evan Englebrook
Matt Nevarez
Henry Villar
Humberto Quintero
J.R. Towles
Lance Berkman
Geoff Blum
Chris Johnson
Jeff Keppinger
Tommy Manzella
Kaz Matsui
Edwin Maysonet
Wladimir Sutil
Jose Vallejo
Brian Bogusevic
Jason Bourgeouis
Michael Bourn
Carlos Lee
Hunter Pence
Yordany Ramirez


Hurry Hurry! Get your season tickets now before they run out!

I have a feeling that this is going to be a long offseason with the Astros doing next to nothing.

Why is Yordany Ramirez still on the 40 man roster? The guy has never been able to hit in the minor.

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