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)
Tim Byrdak (L)
Wandy Rodriguez (L)
Polin Trinidad (L)
Wesley Wright (L)