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Astros winter rosters

The following is a breakdown of all the players in the Astros Minor League system who are rosters to play this fall and winter. The players listed belowon are the reserve lists for their respective clubs. This does not mean necessarily that they will play winter ball, just that they are on a roster.


Mesa Solar Sox — 3B Bobby Borchering, RHP Jarred Cosart, RHP Chia-Jen Lo, SS Jiovanni Mier (taxi squad), 1B Jonathan Singleton, LHP Alex Sogard, OF George Springer, P Nick Tropeano.


Toros del Este — LHP Fernando Abad, SS Jose Fernandez, C Cristian Moronta.

Gigante de Cibao — RHP Jose Ciserno, RHP Rhiner Cruz, RHP Enerio Del Rosario, OF Jimmy Paredes.

Leones de Escogido — RHP Jorge DeLeon, OF Fernando Martinez.

Tigres de Licey — RHP Juan Minaya, OF Domingo Santana, UT Ruben Sosa, RHP Jose Valdez, RHP Henry Villar.

Aguilas Cibaenas — OF Emilio King, SS Jonathan Villar.

Estrellas Orientales — RHP Jose Trinidad.


Naranjeros de Hermosillo — RHP Edgar Gonzalez


Orientales de Granda — C Marlon Avea.

Tigres del Chinandega — OF Mesac Laguna.


Gigantes de Carolina — LHP Xavier Cedeno, C Carlos Corporan, C Rene Garcia, 2B Enrique Hernandez, C Jobduan Morales.

Criollos de Cagua — LHP Luis Cruz, OF Edwin Gomez, C Roberto Pena.

Indios de Mayaguez — SS Angel Sanchez.


Magallanes — 2B Jose Altuve, C Luis Alvarez, RHP Enderson Franco, LHP Gabriel Garcia, C Ernesto Genoves, RHP David Martinez, OF Jose Monzon, RHP Juri Perez, RHP Carlos Quevedo.

Leones de Caracas — OF Brandon Barnes, SS Marwin Gonzaelz, RHP Luis Ordosgoitti, C Carlos Perez

Aguilas de Zuila — RHP Elieser Hernandez, SS Kristian Trompiz, RHP Arcenio Leon, SS Arturo Michelena.

Tigres de Aragua — 2B Jose Martinez.

Astros 2012 Minor League recap

The Astros sent out a press release Monday detailing the club’s success this year in the Minor Leagues.

Class A Lancaster’s win to capture the California League championship on Saturday night put an exclamation point on what was a highly successful season for the Astros’ Minor League system in 2012.

The Astros saw dramatic improvement in the performance of their Minor League clubs this season, posting the fourth-best combined record in baseball at 439-394 (.527). Domestically, the Astros 417-347 (.546) record was tops in baseball. Six of the Astros’ eight Minor League clubs finished at .500 or above with three advancing to postseason play. In 2011, the Astros’ Minor League clubs ranked last (30th) with a 337-488 (.408) combined record with no clubs finishing at .500 or above. The improvement from 2011 to 2012 was one of the most dramatic of any organization in recent years.

Since taking control of the organization in November of 2011, Astros owner Jim Crane has emphasized the importance of building a strong farm system that will result in sustained success at the Major League level.

The 2012 success of the Minor League system culminated with Lancaster winning the first league championship in the club’s 17-year history. The JetHawks went 8-2 in the playoffs, winning their last five games en route to the title. Tri-City (A), who won a club-record 51 games during the regular season in 2012, fell one win shy of winning the NY-Penn League championship.


Several players in the Astros system had outstanding seasons in 2012 and are viewed as among the top prospects at their positions in all of minor league baseball. Double-A Corpus Christi first baseman Jonathan Singleton and Class Lancaster second baseman Delino DeShields Jr. were recently named to the Baseball America 2012 Minor League All-Star team. They were two of just eight position players named to the squad out of every club. Additionally,’s Prospect Watch lists Singleton at No. 1 among first basemen, DeShields at No. 2 among second basemen and Astros 2012 first-round draft pick Carlos Correa at No. 10 among shortstops. Correa, who will turn 18 on Saturday, was the first overall pick in the Draft.

OF George Springer, the Astros No. 1 draft pick in 2011, had an outstanding first full season in professional baseball, hitting .318 with 10 triples, 22 HR, 82 RBIs and 28 SBs with a .955 on-base plus slugging in just 106 games at Lancaster before being promoted to Corpus Christi.  Nineteen-year-old OF Domingo Santana also had a fine season in Lancaster, hitting .302 with 23 HRs, 26 doubles, six triples, 97 RBIs and a .921 on-base plus slugging. Class Lexington RHP Mike Foltynewicz, another first-round pick from the 2010 Draft, was named the South Atlantic League’s Most Outstanding Pitcher after posting a 14-4 record with a 3.14 ERA in 27 starts. Lexington IF Zach Johnson led the SAL in RBIS with a club-record 108.

Tri-City C Tyler Heineman (8th pick, 2012 Draft) won the NY-Penn League batting title with a .358 average while ranking 2nd in on-base-pct. (.452). Tri-City starters RHP Aaron West (6-2, 2.04 ERA), LHP Brian Holmes (7-2, 2.57 ERA), RHP Brady Rogers (7-2, 2.89) and RHP Lance Day (6-1, 2.73), all drafted or signed in 2012, played a major role in the ValleyCats playoff run.


Several prospects were added to the Astros’ Minor League system this season as a result of the MLB First-Year Player Draft and trades made during the season. Several industry experts rated the Astros draft as one of the best in baseball, highlighted by the selection of Correa and RHP Lance McCullers, Jr., selected in the supplemental first round. Correa hit .371 in 11 games at Rookie Level Greeneville after being promoted from the Gulf Coast League Astros after 39 games. McCullers, 18,  tallied 29 strikeouts in 26 innings at two levels while allowing just 20 hits.

As part of the organization’s plan to infuse young talent into the system, general manager Jeff Luhnow acquired 17 players in five trades this season, several of whom are former first-round Draft picks. Several had an immediate and positive impact on the organization after arriving. Twenty-one-year-old RHP Chris Devenski, acquired in a four-player deal with the White Sox, hurled a no-hitter for Lexington on Sept.1 vs. Rome, striking out 16 batters in the game. 23-year-old 3B Matt Dominguez, acquired from Miami, is already contributing at the big league level, hitting .292 in 20 games for the Astros with four home runs (three three-run homers) while  starting virtually every day at third base since Aug. 30.

Below is a recap of each affiliate’s 2012 season

TRIPLE-A OKLAHOMA CITY: (78-65, 2nd place)

Oklahoma City finished the 2012 season with a 78-65 record and a 2nd-place finish in the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division … The RedHawks finished the year with the best record for a non-playoff team in club history … Oklahoma City fell just 1 1/2 games short of a playoff berth … On Sept. 11, the Astros announced that the player development contract between the RedHawks and Astros would be extended through the 2014 season.

Red-Hot RedHawk: IF Jimmy Paredes hit .318 (161-for-507) with 28 doubles, 13 homers, 59 RBIs and 37 stolen bases in 124 games in 2012 before a promotion to the Major Leagues … Paredes was tied for first in the PCL in steals, secod in hits and total bases (242) and third in runs scored (92) at the time of his call-up … He was a PCL Mid-Season All-Star and was named the PCL Player of the Week on July 23.

Lefty Masher: IF Brett Wallace posted a .300 (93-for-310) batting average with 16 doubles, 16 homers and an .885 on-base plus slugging in 86 games with OKC this year … Wallace hit at .354 (35-for-99) against left-handed pitching this season … The 2012 season marked his third consecutive year with a .300-plus batting average at the Triple-A level, hitting .356 (37-for-104) in 2011 and .301 (116-for-385) in 2010.

Solid Stretch Run: LHP Brett Oberholtzer put up a 2.02 ERA (eight earned runs/35 2/3 innings pitched) with 31 strikeouts over his last five starts of the season … LHP Rudy Owens went 2-3 with a 2.93 ERA (10 earned runs/30 2/3 innings pitched) over his final five starts … Owens was acquired by the Astros in the Wandy Rodriguez trade.

Top Prospect: In six appearances (five starts) with OKC, RHP Jarred Cosart went 1-2 with a 2.60 ERA (8 earned runs/27 2/3 innings pitched) and 24 strikeouts … In his final 18 innings, Cosart ranked third in the PCL with a 2.27 groundball/flyball ratio …  He was ranked by as the organization’s top pitching prospect, Cosart posted a 3.52 ERA (34 earned runs/87 innings pitched) in 15 starts with Double-A Corpus Christi before his promotion to OKC.

Homer King: In his first season in the Astros organization, IF Mike Hessman led the PCL and the entire Astros system with 35 homers.

DOUBLE-A CORPUS CHRISTI: (81-59, 1st place) – Texas League South Division Regular Season Winner

Corpus Christi went 81-59 in the regular season, which was the best record in the Texas League and the club’s best record in franchise history … The Hooks made the playoffs for the first time since the 2006 season (76-63), when they won the Texas League Championship … Over the final 97 games of the 2012 season, Texas League Manager of the Year Keith Bodie led the Hooks to a 63-34 (.649) record.

On the Rise:In his first full season at the Double-A level, IF Jonathan Singleton hit .284 (131-for-461) with 94 runs, 27 doubles, four triples, 21 homers, 79 RBIs and 88 walks … Singleton ranked tied for first in the Texas League in runs and ranked fourth with an .893 on-base plus slugging (.396 on-base/.497 slugging) …  He was recognized as one of the top prospects in baseball when he was chosen to participate in the 2012 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, where he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, one walk and one RBI … The 20-year old entered the season as the third-youngest player in the league … He was named to Baseball America’s 2012 All-Star Team for all of Minor League baseball.

K-Collector: RHP Jose Cisnero led the Texas League with 116 strikeouts before a promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City … In 20 starts with the Hooks, he posted a 9-6 record with a 3.40 ERA (41E earned runs, 108 2/3 innings) and a .227 (93-for-410) opponents batting average … Cisnero finished the season with 148 total strikeouts between the Double-A and Triple-A levels … The 2012 season marked the third consecutive season that the right-handerrecorded more than 100 strikeouts.

Hit Machines: OF Austin Wates and OF Jake Goebbert finished the season tied for fourth in the Texas League with a .304 batting average … Wates, a 3rd-round draft pick in 2010,hit .300 (158-for-526) last year for Class A Advanced Lancaster before posting a .304 (109-for-359) average for the Hooks in 2012 … Goebbert hit .305 (83-for-272) for Corpus Christi in 2011 before hitting .304 (112-for-368) for the club this season … the 2009 13th-round pick added 23 doubles, six triples and nine homers for the Hooks in 2012.

New Arms: Three of the Astros newly acquired pitching prospects made successful debuts in Corpus Christi … RHP Asher Wojciechowski went 2-2 with a 2.06 ERA (10 earned runs/43 2/3) and 34 strikeouts in eight starts with the Hooks … He ranked 2nd in the Texas League in ERA after joining the club … In his final six starts with Corpus Christi, LHP Rob Rasmussen posted a 3-2 record with a 3.31 ERA (13 earned runs/35 1/3 innings pitched) and 32 strikeouts … RHP Matt Heidenreich tallied three wins with a 3.67 ERA (14 earned runs/34 1/3 innings pitched) in seven starts with the Hooks.

Top Thief: Although he was on the DL for the final 54 games of the season, IF Jonathan Villar still led the Texas League with 39 stolen bases … Villar hit .261 (85-for-326) and added 11 homers and 50 RBIs.

Reliable Relief: RHP Jason Stoffel led the Texas League with 27 saves … He went 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA (15 earned runs/58 innings pitched) and 57 strikeouts … He closed out the regular season with nine consecutive scoreless appearances (9 1/3 innings) … LHP Kevin Chapman posted a 6-3 record along with a 2.64 ERA (17 earned runs/58 innings) and 59 strikeouts in 49 relief appearances this season … Chapman was acquired by the Astros in the Jason Bourgeois/Humberto Quintero trade.

CLASS A ADVANCED LANCASTER: (74-66, 2nd place) – California League Champions

The Lancaster JetHawks won the California League Championship after sweeping the Modesto Nuts, 3-0, in the Championship Series … It marked the first championship title in the club’s 17-year history … Lancaster went 8-2 in the playoffs, including a 5-0 run to close out the postseason … The JetHawks finished in second place in the California League South Division during the regular season.

Spring in California: OF George Springer tore through the California League in his first full-season of pro baseball with a  .955 on-base plus slugging (.398 on-base/.557 slugging) … The 2011 first-round draft pick out of UConn hit .318 (137-for-433) with 101 runs, 18 doubles, 10 triples, 22 homers, 82 RBIs and 28 stolen bases in 106 games before a promotion to Double-A … At the time of his callup, Springer ranked in the league’s top 10 in average (eighth), runs (first), hits (second), extra-base hits (second), total bases (first), triples (second), homers (tied-third), RBIS (fifth), walks (fifth), stolen bases (sixth), OBP (tied, sixth), SLG (second) and on-base plus slugging (second) … He received mid-season and post-season All-Star honors.

Young-Hawk:At 19 years old, OF Domingo Santana entered the 2012 season as the youngest player in the California League … The Dominican-native hit .302 (138-for-457) with 87 runs, 26 doubles, six triples, 23 homers, 97 RBIs and a .921 on-base plus slugging (.385 on-base/.536 slugging).

Towering Texan: RHP Bobby Doran was Lancaster’s most consistent starter before a promotion to Double-A … The 6-foot-6, 235 pound right-hander from Flower Mound, Texas,posted an 8-4 record with a 3.57 ERA (41 earned runs/103 1/3 innings pitched) and 70 strikeouts in the hitter-friendly California League … Doran was named a California League Mid-Season All-Star.

Power Surge:The JetHawks boasted two of the premier home run hitters in the California League in Telvin Nash and Erik CastroNash was second in the league with 29 homers, while Castro finished tied for third in the league with 27 blasts … as a team, Lancaster ranked third in the league in home runs.

Quality Control: RHP David Martinez was one of the league’s top pitchers in the second half of the season … Martinez went 7-2 with a 3.08 ERA (30 earned runs/87 2/3 innings) and just 14 walks in 14 appearances (13 starts) … He led the league in inning pitched over the second half and ranked third in ERA … He also led the club with nine wins.

Ni-Tro Part II: After dominating the South Atlantic League with the Lexington Legends, RHP Nick Tropeano continued his stellar play in his 12 starts with Lancaster … The 2011 5th-round pick went 6-3 with a 3.31 ERA (26 earned runs/70 2/3 innings pitched) and 69 strikeouts … After his promotion to Lancaster on July 1, he ranked tied for first n the California League in strikeouts, forth in innings pitched, sixth in ERA, and tied for sixth in wins.

CLASS A LEXINGTON: (69-69, 4th place)

At 69-69 overall, Lexington finished 4th overall in the South Atlantic League Southern Division … The club recorded a 39-30 record in the first half.

League’s Top Pitcher: RHP Mike Foltynewicz was voted by the SAL’s field managers, general managers, writers and broadcasters as the league’s Most Outstanding PItcher for the 2012 season … Foltynewicz went 14-4 with a 3.14 ERA (53 earned runs/152 innings pitched) and 125 strikeouts in 27 starts for Lexington … He ranked tied for first in the league in wins, secnd in innings pitched, fourth in ERA and sixth in strikeouts … His 19 career wins at Lexington are a club record (previously held by Mike Nannini who had 15 wins).

Delino-mite: IF Delino DeShields set an Astros’ Minor League record with 101 steals this season (83 with Lexington, 18 with Lancaster) … His 83 stolen bases with Lexington broke the previous franchise-record of 48 stolen bases by Josh Anderson set in 2004 … DeShields hit .298 (131-for-440) with 96 runs, 22 doubles, 5 triples, 10 homers, 52 RBIs and a .401 on-base percentage with Lexington … He hit .344 (62-for-180) with a .990 on-base plus slugging in 45 second-half games … The 2010 first-round pick was named to Baseball America’s 2012 All-Star Team for all of Minor League baseball.

Historic Legend: After coming to the Astros organization as the player to be named later in the Brett Myers trade, RHP Chris Devenski threw the first individual no-hitter in Legends club history on Sept. 1. He struck out 16 batters and issued just one walk in his performance that garnered him SAL Pitcher of the Week honors … In five starts with Lexington, he went 2-2 with a 3.07 ERA (10 earned runs/29 1/3 innings pitched) and 38 strikeouts.

100 Club: IF Zach Johnson led the SAL and set a club record with 108 RBIs … The record was previously held by Jake Goebbert, who drove in 98 runs in 2009 … Johnson hit 15 homers and ranked third for third in the SAL with 38 doubles.

Ni-Tro Part I: RHP Nick Tropeano was superb in 15 appearances (14 starts) with Lexington before a promotion to Lancaster, going 6-4 with a 2.78 ERA (27 earned runs/87 1/3 innings pitched) and 97 strikeouts … He was leading the SAL in innings pitched and strikeouts at the time of his call-up.

Take Your Base:From his arrival in Lexington until the end of the season, 2012 2nd-round draft selection IF Nolan Fontana led the SAL with a .464 on-base percentage … He drew 65 walks as opposed to 44 strikeouts … From his debut on July 5 until Aug. 17, Fontana reached base in 34 consecutive games.

SHORT-SEASON TRI-CITY: (51-25, 1st place) – Stedler Division Regular Season Champions

Tri-City advanced to the New York-Penn League Championship for the second time in the last three years, and the forth time in franchise history … The Stedler Division regular-season champs recorded the most wins in franchise history (51) and set a franchise record in attendance by drawing 159,966 fans … The club also set a franchise record with 17 sellouts … On Sept. 6, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow announced that the Astros and ValleyCats had extended their player development contract through the 2014 season.

Batting Champ:A2012 eighth-round draft selection C Tyler Heineman won the NYPL batting title after hitting .358 (69-for-193) in 55 games …He also ranked second in the league with a .452 on-base percentage.

Stocked Stable: The ValleyCats had a loaded starting rotation this season … RHP Aaron West (6-2, 2.04 ERA) led the way with 59 strikeouts and the seventh-lowest ERA in the league … LHP Brian Holmes (7-2, 2.57 ERA) finished sixth in the league in strikeouts with 65 … RHP Brady Rodgers (7-2, 2.89 ERA) gave up just 11 walks in his 62 1/3 innings … A 2012 undrafted free agent, RHP Lance Day (6-1, 2.73 ERA) gave up just eight walks, posting a 1.14 WHIP in 11 appearances (eight starts) … RHP Vincent Velasquez (4-1, 3.35 ERA) struck out 51 batters in 45 2/3 innings pitched … RHP Juri Perez went 2-2 with a 1.81 ERA (10 earned runs/49 2/3 innings) in nine appearances (eight starts).

Outfield Threats:OF Andrew Aplin and OF Preston Tucker were both 2012 Draft selections that made successful debuts in Tri-City … Aplin (.348, four homers),the Astros fifth-round pick, was leading the NYPL in steals (20) and ranked 2nd in on-base plus slugging (.978) in his 44 games with the club before a promotion to Class A Advanced Lancaster … Preston Tucker hit .321 (53-for-165) with eight homers and a .899 on-base plus slugging (.390 on-base/.509 slugging), winning NYPL player of the week honors twice … The eighth-round draft selection posted a 15-game hitting streak from Aug. 10-26.

Lights Out ‘Pen: LHP Kenny Long gave up just three runs in 17 appearances, leading the league in holds with eight … Closer RHP Blake Ford was tied for first in the league with 14 saves, posting a 2.28 ERA (7 earned runs/27  2/3 innings) in 27 appearances.

ROOKIE-LEVEL GREENEVILLE: (36-32, 3rd place)

At 36-32, Greeneville finished the season with the club’s best record since its inaugural season in 2004 (41-26) … The Astros led the Appalachian League in attendance for the ninth straight season.

Blazing the Trail: IF Brian Blasik, who was signed as an undrafted free agent this season, hit .318 (69-for-217) and led the club with 43 RBIs … Blasik ranked fifth in the league in RBIs and was named an Appalachian League All-Star … He was also named his team’s MVP.

Rising Star: IF Carlos Correa, the first overall selection in the 2012 draft, hit .371 (13-for-35) with three doubles, one triple and one homer in 11 games with Greeneville … Correa was promoted to Greeneville after 39 games in the Gulf Coast League … The 17-year old hit 11 doubles, one triple and two homers during his time in the GCL.

ERA Leader: RHP Daniel Minor led the league with a 2.75 ERA (18 earned runs/59 innings) in 11 starts … Minor threw 19 consecutive scoreless innings over three starts from Aug. 4-17 that earned him pitcher of the week honors.

1st-Rounder Update: RHP Lance McCullers, the Astros 2012 supplemental 1st-round pick, posted a combined 3.46 ERA (10 earned runs/26 innings pitched) with 29 strikeouts in eight starts between Greeneville and the Gulf Coast League.

GULF COAST LEAGUE ASTROS: (28-31, 3rd place)

All-Star Astro: IF Darwin Rivera ranked tied for sixth in the GCL in average (.310), tied for second in hits (62), and 3rd in doubles (14) … Rivera was elected to the GCL All-Star Team.


 Pitching Leaders: LHP Edwin Villarroel led the team with 68 innings pitched and posted a 2.25 ERA (17 earned runs/68 innings) … RHP Samil De Los Santos went 2-3, recording a 2.50 ERA (16 earned runs/57  2/3 innings pitched) and 63 strikeouts … Both pitchers were named DSL All-Stars.

Astros set instructional league roster

Astros set instructional league roster:

Report date: Sept. 18, 2012

First workout: Sept. 19, 2012

First game: Sept. 24, 2012

Final game: Oct. 10, 2012

13 Cain, Colton LHP L/L 6’3″ 255 02/05/1991 21 2009 United States
17 Comer, Kevin RHP R/R 6’3″ 205 08/01/1992 20 2011 United States
39 Devenski, Chris RHP R/R 6’3″ 195 11/13/1990 21 2011 United States
1 Diaz, Dayan RHP R/R 5’10” 156 02/10/1989 23 2006 Colombia
47 Feliz, Michael RHP R/R 6’4” 199 06/28/1993 19 2010 Dominican Republic
19 Grimmett, Zach RHP R/R 6’3” 205 02/05/1990 22 2008 United States
44 Lee, Christopher LHP L/L 6’3” 175 08/17/1992 20 2011 United States
26 McCullers, Lance RHP L/R 6’1″ 190 10/02/1993 18 2012 United States
43 Musgrove, Joe RHP R/R 6’5″ 230 12/04/1992 19 2011 United States
35 Ramirez, Francis RHP R/R 6’5” 215 01/12/1992 20 2009 Dominican Republic
50 Rivera, Raul RHP R/R 6’3″ 185 02/05/1991 21 2009 Puerto Rico
14 Rollins, David LHP L/L 6’1″ 195 12/21/1989 22 2011 United States
54 Walters, Blair LHP L/L 6’0″ 200 11/08/1989 22 2011 United States
20 Heineman, Tyler C S/R 5’11” 205 06/19/1991 21 2012 United States
56 Morales, Jobduan C S/R 5’10” 180 06/07/1991 21 2009 Puerto Rico
51 Pena, Roberto C S/R 6’0” 180 06/08/1992 20 2010 Puerto Rico
22 Perez, Carlos C R/R 6’0″ 195 10/27/1990 21 2008 Venezuela
4 DeShields, Delino 2B R/R 5’9” 188 08/16/1992 20 2010 United States
10 Elkins, Austin IF S/R 5’11” 185 12/21/1990 21 2012 United States
64 Fernandez, Jose SS R/R 6’1” 170 05/20/1993 19 2010 Dominican Republic
29 Fontana, Nolan SS L/R 5’11” 190 06/06/1991 21 2012 United States
16 Correa, Carlos SS R/R 6’4″ 190 09/22/1994 17 2012 Puerto Rico
37 Ibanez, Angel 3B L/R 6’2″ 220 09/10/1990 22 2012 United States
66 Meyer, Jonathan 3B R/R 6’1” 195 11/01/1990 21 2009 United States
96 Nash, Telvin 1B R/R 6’1” 220 02/20/1991 21 2009 United States
28 Ruiz, Rio 3B L/R 6’1″ 180 05/22/1994 18 2012 United States
3 Aplin, Andrew OF L/L 6’0″ 190 03/21/1991 21 2012 United States
88 Joyce, Terrell OF R/R 6’3″ 230 05/29/1992 20 2012 United States
92 Meredith, Brandon RF R/R 6’2” 225 12/19/1989 22 2011 United States
97 Muren, Andrew OF L/R 6’6″ 195 11/22/1988 23 2011 United States
78 Ovando, Ariel RF L/L 6’4” 190 09/15/1993 19 2011 Dominican Republic
58 Santana, Domingo OF R/R 6’5” 200 08/05/1992 20 2009 Dominican Republic
53 Tucker, Preston OF L/L 6’0″ 217 07/06/1990 22 2012 United States

Astros name Minor League Players of the Month

The Astros player development department has named the following Players of the Month for August: Oklahoma City: LHP Brett Oberholtzer, OF Jimmy Paredes, C Carlos Corporan; Corpus Christi: RHP Paul Clemens, OF Jake Goebbert, IF Ben Orloff; Lancaster: RHP Nick Tropeano, OF Domingo Santana; C Carlos Perez; Lexington: RHP Mike Foltynewicz, OF Brandon Meredith, IF Nolan Fontana; Tri-City: RHP Lance Day, OF Preston Tucker, C Tyler Heineman; Greeneville: RHP Daniel Minor, IF Brian Blasik; Gulf Coast League: RHP Edison Frias, IF Juan Santana, OF Teoscar Hernandez; Dominican Summer League: LHP Edwin Villarroel, IF Luis Reynoso, C Pedro Coa. These awards are chosen every month by the field staff of each team.

Triple A Oklahoma City

*LHP Brett Oberholtzer, Pitcher of the Month: 1-4, 2.68 ERA (12ER/40.1IP), 34 SO, 7 BB, in 6 starts in August

*IF Jimmy Paredes, Offensive Player of the Month: .293 (29×99), 14 R, 9 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 6 SB, .485 SLG in 23 games in August

*C Carlos Corporan, Defensive Player of the Month: 67 games at catcher, .998 FP (1E/446TC), .444 CS% (28CS/63ATT)

Notes: Brett Oberholtzer posted a 2.68 ERA in six August starts…threw 5 straight quality starts to end the month and did not allow more than two runs in each of those 5 starts for a 2.02 ERA (8ER/35.2IP)…walked just 7 batters in his 40.1 innings pitched…Jimmy Paredes earned his 2nd consecutive OKC Offensive Player of the Month award after hitting .293 with a .485 slugging percentage in the month of August…the switch-hitter had 9 multi-hit games during the month, including his 6th 4-hit performance of the year on August 3 at Tacoma…hit .318 (161×507) with 28 doubles, 13 homers, 59 RBI and 37 stolen bases in 124 total games for the RedHawks this season before getting promoted to the Astros’ Major League club…ranked T-1st in the PCL in steals, 2nd in hits and total bases (242) and 3rd in runs scored (92) at the time of his callup…Carlos Corporan has made just 1 error in 446 total chances for a .998 fielding percentage in 67 games at catcher this season…his .444 caught stealing percentage (28CS/63ATT) leads the PCL among catchers with at least 60 stolen base attempts.

Double A Corpus Christi

*RHP Paul Clemens,Pitcher of the Month: 3-2, 3.09 ERA (12ER/35.0IP), 30 SO, 10 BB, .254 (34×134) opp. avg. in 6 starts in August

*OF Jake Goebbert, Offensive Player of the Month: .389 (28×72), 17 R, 5 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 12 BB 1.082 OPS in 26 games in August

*IF Ben Orloff, Defensive Player of the Month: 38 games at shortstop, .981 FP (3E/162TC), 21 double plays

Notes: Paul Clemens went 3-2 with a 3.09 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 6 starts in July…has been a key part of the Hooks’ playoff push as the club has won 4 of his 7 total starts…Jake Goebbert hit .389 with a .471 on-base percentage and a .611 slugging percentage in August, leading the Texas League in all three categories during the month…the 2009 13th round pick posted a .335 batting average (56×167) in the 2nd half this season…hehas hit .290 or better in each of the last 3 seasons in the Astros’ minor league system…Ben Orloff has a .981 fielding percentage in 38 games at shortstop for Corpus Christi this season…Orloff was named Lancaster’s Defensive Player of the Month in June.

Class A Advanced Lancaster

*RHP Nick Tropeano, Pitcher of the Month: 4-0, 2.15 ERA (9ER/37.2IP), 35 SO, 8 BB, .246 (35×142) opp. avg. in 6 starts in August

*OF Domingo Santana, Offensive Player of the Month: .333 (35×105), 26 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 16 RBI, 16 BB .973 OPS in 29 games in August

*C Carlos Perez, Defensive Player of the Month: 26 games at catcher, .996 FP (1E/228TC), .467 CS% (14CS/30ATT)

Notes: Nick Tropeano went undefeated with a 2.15 ERA in 6 starts with Lancaster in August…led the league in ERA among pitchers with at least 5 starts, ranked 3rd in innings pitched and 6th in strikeouts during the month…5 of his 6 outings in the month were quality starts…in 12 total starts with Lancaster this year, he is 6-3 with a 3.31 ERA (26ER/70.2IP) and 69 punchouts…Domingo Santana hit at a .333 clip with a .449 on-base percentage and .524 slugging percentage during August…was named the California League Player of the Week for the week of August 27 to September 3, after hitting .484 (15×31) with 3 doubles, 4 home runs and 7 RBI during the week…hit a homer in 3 straight games from August 31 to September 2… for the season, is hitting .302 (138×457) with 26 doubles, 3 triples, 23 homers and 97 RBI…his .921 OPS ranks 7th in the California League…entered the season as the youngest

player in the league at 19 years old (turned 20 on August 5)…Carlos Perez has made just 1 error in 228 total chances for a .996 fielding percentage…has thrown out 14 of 30 attempted base stealers.

Class A Lexington

*RHP Mike Foltynewicz, Pitcher of the Month: 2-0, 1.99 ERA (5ER/22.2IP), 25 SO, 11 BB, .210 (17×81) opp. avg. in 4 starts in August

*OF Brandon Meredith, Offensive Player of the Month: .280 (21×75), 16 R, 5 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 10 BB, .533 SLG in 20 games in August

*IF Nolan Fontana,Defensive Player of the Month: 48 games at shortstop, .974 FP (6E/135TC), 33 double plays

Notes: Mike Foltynewicz is Lexington’s Pitcher of the Month for the 3rd time this season…was named the South Atlantic League’s Most Outstanding Pitcher for 2012…went 2-0 with a 1.99 ERA in 4 August starts…struck out 25 batters in 22.2 innings pitched…did not allow a run over 3 starts and 19.0 innings from August 6-21… struck out a career-high 10 batters in 6.0 innings on August 21 against Greensboro…posted a 14-4 record with a 3.14 ERA (53ER/152.0IP) and 125 strikeouts this season…ranked T-1st in the SAL in wins, 2nd in innings pitched, and 4th in ERA…owns the most career wins in Lexington history with 19 victories…Brandon Meredith hit at a .280  clip with 5 doubles and 4 homers in August…posted a .318 (61×192) average and hit 14 of his 15 total homers in the 2nd half…led the SAL in homers in the 2nd half, posting a .630 slugging percentage…Nolan Fontana posted a .974 fielding percentage in 48 games at shortstop this season for Lexington.

Short Season Class A Tri-City

*RHP Lance Day, Pitcher of the Month: 4-1, 2.97 ERA (6ER/30.0IP), 19 SO, 4 BB, .239 (28×117) opp. avg. in 5 starts in August

*OF Preston Tucker, Offensive Player of the Month: .352 (38×108), 24 R, 6 2B, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 10 BB, 1.012 OPS in 27 games in August

*C Tyler Heineman,Defensive Player of the Month: 36 games at catcher, .997 FP (1E/308TC), .406 CS% (13CS/32ATT)

Notes: Lance Day earned 4 wins with a 2.97 ERA during 5 August starts…fanned 19 batters as opposed to just 4 walks…the undrafted free agent is 6-1 with a 2.73 ERA (16ER/52.2IP) in 11 appearances (8 starts) this year for Tri-City…Preston Tucker hit .352 with a .410 on-base percentage and a .602 slugging percentage in 27 games in August…had a 15-game hitting streak from August 10-26…hitting .327 (53×162) with 8 homers this year for Tri-City…Tyler Heineman has made just 1 error in 308 total chances for a .997 fielding percentage…has thrown out 13 of 32 attempted base stealers.

Rookie Level Greeneville

*RHP Daniel Minor, Pitcher of the Month: 3-0, 0.35 ERA (1ER/26.0IP), 25 SO, 2 BB, .135 (12×89) opp. avg. in 4 starts in August

*IF Brian Blasik, Offensive Player of the Month: .329 (27×82), 12 R, 3 2B, 2 3B, 17 RBI in 21 games in August

*IF Brian Blasik,Defensive Player of the Month: 48 games at 2B, 5 games at 3B, 1 game in LF, .983 FP (4E/230TC)

Notes: Daniel Minor gave up just 1 run in 26.0 innings pitched in August…allowed 12 hits and issued 2 walks, striking out 25 in his 4 starts…had a 19.0-scoreless innings streak from August 4-17…struck out 11 over 7.0 innings of 1-hit ball on August 10 at Princeton…was named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week for the week of August 6-12…led the league with a 2.75 ERA (18ER/59.0IP) this season…Brian Blasik hit .329 during the month of August and was named Greeneville’s team MVP…hit .318 (69×217) for the year…Blasik was also named Greeneville’s Defensive Player of the Month for the 2nd consecutive month…recorded a .983 fielding percentage after making 4 errors in 230 total chances.

Gulf Coast League

*RHP Edison Frias, Pitcher of the Month: 3-1, 2.78 ERA (3ER/16.1IP), 12 SO, 1 BB,  in 3 appearances (1 start) in August

*IF Juan Santana, Offensive Player of the Month: .310 (22×71), 5 2B, 10 RBI  in 20 games in August

*OF Teoscar Hernandez,Defensive Player of the Month: 48 games in the outfield, .957 FP (5E/115TC)

Notes: Edison Frias posted a 2.78 ERA in 16.1 innings pitched in August…made a 7.1 inning relief appearance on August 9 against the GCL Cardinals, allowing 1 run on 4 hits…did not allow an earned run in 7.0 frames in his only start in August…went 4-1 with a 2.14 ERA (11ER/46.1IP) this season for the club…Juan Santana hit .310 in the month of August…Teoscar Hernandez put up a .957 fielding percentage in 48 games in the outfield with the GCL Astros…ended his season with the Class A Lexington Legends.

Dominican Summer League

*LHP Edwin Villarroel, Pitcher of the Month: 2-1, 0.53 ERA (1ER/17.0IP), 3 SO, 3 BB in 4 apps. (2 starts) in August

*IF Luis Reynoso, Offensive Player of the Month: .364 (24×66), 8 R, 7 2B, 9 RBI, 9 BB, .917 OPS in 19 games in August

*C Pedro Coa,Defensive Player of the Month: 26 games at catcher,  .960 FP (7E/174TC), .595 CS%

Notes: Edwin Villarroel was named the Pitcher of the Month for the DSL after allowing just 1 earned run in 17.0 innings pitched in 4 appearances (2 starts) in August…was named to the DSL All-Star team…posted a 2.25 ERA (17ER/68.0IP) on the year, leading the team in innings pitched..Luis Reynoso hit .364 with 7 doubles in August…finished the year with a .281 (48×171) batting average and 11 doubles…Pedro Coa had a .960 fielding percentage and threw out 25 out of 42 attempted base stealers.

A look back at two years of Astros trades

With the Trade Deadline over, it’s time to reflect on the deals the Astros have made in the past three seasons. Houston has made a flurry of deadline deals in 2010, ’11 and ’12 as it rebuilds and stockpiles prospects.

In that time span, the Astros said goodbye to, among others, Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt, Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, Brett Myers, Carlos Lee, J.A. Happ, Brandon Lyon, Wandy Rodriguez and Chris Johnson.

In the month of July of this year alone, they acquired 13 Minor Leaguers and two players to be named later and were the most active team when it came to trading.

Here’s a look at the major deals the Astros have made in the last two years (you can click on the players’ names for his current stats):

Date: July 29, 2010.

General manager: Ed Wade.

Astros receive: LHP J.A. Happ, OF Anthony Gose, SS Jonathan Villar.

Phillies receive: RHP Roy Oswalt, cash.

The skinny: Oswalt had requested a trade after being frustrated with how the Astros were playing. The Astros obliged, getting a low-cost starting pitcher in Happ and a pair of prospects. Gose was immediately shipped to the Blue Jays, and Villar remains one of the team’s top prospects, though he recently broke his hand punching a door.

Date: July 29, 2010.

General manager: Ed Wade.

Astros receive: IF Brett Wallace.

Blue Jays receive: OF Anthony Gose.

The skinny: After acquiring Gose from the Phillies, the Astros immediately turned around and dealt him to the Jays in exchange for Wallace. Considering Wallace was a first baseman, that began speculation that Lance Berkman was on his way out the door.

Date: July 31, 2010.

General manager: Ed Wade.

Astros receive: RHP Mark Melancon, IF Jimmy Paredes.

Yankees receive: 1B Lance Berkman, cash.

The skinny: Berkman had the right to approve any trade, and when the Astros came to him and said they possibly had a deal with the Yanks, he didn’t stand in Houston’s way of getting more young players. Berkman didn’t do much with the Yankees, and Melancon wound up taking over as closer in 2011 before later being shipped to Boston. Paredes has moved around the infield, but he’s one of the most athletic players in the system and is putting up stellar numbers in Triple-A this year.

Date: Dec. 23, 2010.

General manager: Ed Wade.

Astros receive: LHP Wes Musick, RHP Jonnathan Aristil.

Rockies receive: RHP Matt Lindstrom.

The skinny: Lindstrom pitched one year in Houston and was inconsistent while battling to stay healthy, so the Astros spun him to Colorado and took a flier on a pair of Minor League pitchers.

Date: July 19, 2011.

General manager: Ed Wade.

Astros receive: RHP Henry Sosa, RHP Jason Stoffel.

Giants receive: IF Jeff Keppinger.

The skinny: Keppinger was a solid hitter who performed well in Houston, but with the club in rebuilding mode, the Astros dealt him for a pair of Minor League arms. Sosa wound up pitching in the Astros’ rotation last year, but is now playing in Korea. Stoffel is closing at Double-A and has some potential.

Date: July 29, 2011.

General manager: Ed Wade.

Astros receive: RHP Jarred Cosart, IF Jonathan Singleton, RHP Josh Zeid, player to be named later (OF Domingo Santana).

Phillies receive: OF Hunter Pence.

The skinny: Pence was Houston’s best hitter and due to receive a big raise in arbitration, which really didn’t make much sense for the Astros considering the direction the club was going. Thus, the popular outfielder was sent to the contending Phillies, who paid a high price. Cosart and Singleton became Houston’s top two prospects, and some scouts believed Santana might wind up being the best player in the deal. Pence was traded by the Phillies to the Giants a year later.

Date: July 31, 2011.

General manager: Ed Wade.

Astros receive: OF Jordan Schafer, RHP Juan Abreu, RHP Paul Clemens, LHP Brett Oberholtzer.

Braves receive: CF Michael Bourn.

The skinny: Two days after trading Pence to the Phillies, the Astros traded another popular player by sending Houston native Bourn, a Gold Glove outfielder who had come into his own offensively, to the Braves. The haul wasn’t quite as impressive as what the Astros got in return for Pence, but the three Minor League arms have some promise. Schafer hasn’t lived up to potential.

Date: Dec. 14, 2011.

General manager: Jeff Luhnow.

Astros receive: SS Jed Lowrie, RHP Kyle Weiland.

Red Sox receive: RHP Mark Melancon.

The skinny: Luhnow’s first trade as GM appears to be a good one for the Astros, though both Lowrie and Weiland are on the disabled list (Weiland is out for the year). There were questions about Melancon’s ability to close, and he was a disaster in Boston. Lowrie was one of the most productive shortstops in the NL before he injured his leg in July.

Date: March 21, 2012.

General manager: Jeff Luhnow.

Astros receive: LHP Kevin Chapman, player to be name named later (OF D’Andre Toney).

Royals receive: C Humberto Quintero, OF Jason Bourgeois.

The skinny: Quintero and Bourgeois were back-ups who couldn’t crack the starting lineup of a last-place team, and Luhnow managed to trade them for two Minor Leaguers. Chapman has shown some early promise at Double-A, while Toney could be one to watch years down the road. Bourgeois wound up in the Minors with the Royals, who soon cut Quintero.

Date: July 4, 2012.

General manager: Jeff Luhnow.

Astros receive: IF Matt Dominguez, LHP Rob Rasmussen.

Marlins receive: 1B Carlos Lee, cash.

The skinny: The first of five major trades in July, the Marlins were desperate for first base help and gave the Astros two Minor League players for the aging slugger. The Astros were happy to get him off their roster, and were even willing to pay the bulk of his remaining contract. Dominguez was brought up to the Majors, but was sent back down a few days later.

Date: July 20, 2012.

General manager: Jeff Luhnow.

Astros receive: RHP Francisco Cordero, OF Ben Francisco, RHP Asher Wojciechowski, RHP Joe Musgrove, LHP David Rollins, C Carlos Perez, a player to be named later.

Blue Jays receive: LHP J.A. Happ, RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP David Carpenter.

The skinny: The Astros acquired seven players, including four Minor Leaguers and a player to be named later, in a 10-player deal with the Jays. Happ had been with the team two years and could never gain consistency, while Lyon was in the final year of his three-year deal. This trade was more about the Minor League arms the Astros received, while addressing a catching shortage in the system, more than it was about the two big league players they received – Cordero and Francisco.

Date: July 21, 2012.

General manager: Jeff Luhnow.

Astros receive: RHP Matthew Heidenreich, LHP Blair Walters, a player to be named later.

White Sox receive: RHP Brett Myers, cash.

The skinny: With Myers having a good shot at vesting his 2013 option that would have paid him $10 million, the Astros sent him to the White Sox and stockpiled a few more Minor League arms. Myers was having a solid season as closer after starting 66 games the previous two years in Houston.

Date: July 25, 2012.

General manager: Jeff Luhnow.

Astros receive: LHP Rudy Owens, OF Robbie Grossman, LHP Colton Cain.

Pirates receive: LHP Wandy Rodriguez, cash.

The skinny: The rebuilding effort continued as the Astros sent Rodriguez – the last remaining member from the 2005 World Series team – to the Pirates for three more prospects. The Astros had to pay a substantial part of Rodriguez’s remaining contract, but they felt getting more prospect was worth the price.

Date: July 29, 2012.

General manager: Jeff Luhnow.

Astros receive:  IF Bobby Borchering, OF Marc Krauss.

D-backs receive: 3B Chris Johnson.

The skinny: The Astros pulled off their fifth trade of the month. Houston wasn’t actively shopping Johnson, but he had recently gone on a tear and some teams were getting aggressive in their pursuit of the 27-year-old third baseman. Unlike the previous trades in July in which the Astros stockpiled the pitching, the Johnson trade brought a pair of bats, and in the case of Borchering, maybe some much-needed power to the system.

Astros get big test against Rangers

Coming off a two-game sweep of the Brewers, the Astros open Interleague Play tonight at Minute Maid Park against the high-flying Texas Rangers, who lead the American League West with a 24-15 record. The Rangers have dominated the Astros in recent years, going 14-4 against the Astros from 2009-11. The Astros haven’t won the Silver Boot since going 4-2 against the Rangers in 2006.

Here is the Astros’ lineup:

CF Jordan Schafer

2B Jose Altuve

LF J.D. Martinez

1B Carlos Lee

SS Jed Lowrie

RF Brian Bogusevic

3B Chris Johnson

C Jason Castro

P Wandy Rodriguez

Here are the pitching matchups:

Fri., 7:05 p.m.LHP Wandy Rodriguez (3-3, 1.99) vs. RHP Neftali Feliz (3-1, 3.32)
Sat., 6:15 p.m.RHP Lucas Harrell (2-3, 4.40) vs. LHP Derek Holland (3-2, 3.78)
Sun., 1:05 p.m.RHP Jordan Lyles (0-0, 3.00) vs. RHP Colby Lewis (3-3, 3.63)

Here are some fun facts:

  • With the Astros’ pending move to the American League in 2013, this will be the final season these teams will meet in Interleague Play. Since they first met in 2001, no Interleague series has featured more games. And the Rangers-Astros clash is the only one below that doesn’t feature cross-town (or cross-bay) rivals:

Angels vs. Dodgers, 66 (41-25)

Yankees vs. Mets, 66 (38-28)

Rangers vs. Astros, 66 (37-29)

White Sox vs. Cubs, 66 (36-30)

Athletics vs. Giants, 66 (35-31)

  • The Astros were 78-71 overall in Interleague Play from 1997-2006, but are just 29-52 against the American League since. Conversely, the Rangers were 82-94 in Interleague Play between 1997-06 and have gone 53-37 against the National League since.
  • The Rangers have won 14 of the last 18 meetings between the two Texas teams after going 23-25 against Houston through the 2008 season.
  • Astros second baseman Jose Altuve comes up empty only once in every 13 pitches he swings at, which is the second-best ratio in the league behind Marco Scutaro (16.6). The Major League average is 4.6 misses per every swing.
  • With a home run Wednesday, Astros first baseman Carlos Lee has as many extra-base hits as strikeouts (9) in 2012. He’s one of the few Astros in team history with a positive differential overall (plus-25). Jesus Alou was a plus-21 and Moises Alou was a plus-7.
  • The Astros have averaged more than two runs per game higher when Brian Bogusevic has started in right field. The team is 15-13 and averaging 4.75 runs per game when Bogusevic starts in right and 2-8 and averaging 2.6 runs when anyone else starts in right.
  • Through his first eight starts of 2012, Astros ace Wandy Rodriguez has been much more efficient than he was last year, averaging two and a half fewer pitches per inning. He threw 16.5 pitches per inning in 2011, which ranked 77th among 94 qualifiers. This year, he’s averaging 13.9 pitches per inning, which ranks fourth among 118 qualifiers.
  • Rangers slugger Adrian Beltre is hitting .358 with 20 runs, eight doubles, seven homers and 22 RBIs in wins and batting .162 with one RBI in losses.
  • Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who doesn’t turn 24 until Aug. 26, has exactly 100 more career hits than any other player who is currently 23 or younger. Andrus has 496 career hits. Next on the list are Starlin Castro (396), Jason Heyward (266) and Giancarlo Stanton (266).
  • As you might suspect from someone who is making the transition from closer to starter, Rangers starter Neftali Feliz has tended to be at his best early in his outings. Opponents are hitting .121 against him on pitches 1-45 and .240 against him on pitches 46-plus.

Watch Mills react to 3-2 win over Marlins

The Astros finally broke though against a tough pitcher Tuesday, scoring a pair of unearned runs in the sixth inning against Miami’s Anibal Sanchez to tie the game before Brian Bogusevic’s pinch-hit, RBI double in the eighth sent them to a 3-2 win, snapping the Marlins’ seven-game winning streak.

Here’s the post-game video of manager Brad Mills:

Astros lineup Saturday vs. Cards

The Astros will try to go for five in a row with this lineup tonight vs. the Cardinals:

2B Jose Altuve

RF Brian Bogusevic

LF J.D. Martinez

1B Carlos Lee

SS Jed Lowrie

3B Chris Johnson

CF Justin Maxwell

C Jason Castro

RHP Bud Norris


Astros set the 25-man roster

Here it is. The Astros have set their 25-man roster (players in italics are on an active Opening Day roster for the first time):


Fernando Abad (L)

David Carpenter

Rhiner Cruz

J.A. Happ (L)

Lucas Harrell

Wilton Lopez

Brandon Lyon

Brett Myers

Bud Norris

Fernando Rodriguez

Wandy Rodriguez (L)

Kyle Weiland

Wesley Wright (L)


Jason Castro

Chris Snyder


Jose Altuve

Matt Downs

Marwin Gonzalez

Chris Johnson

Carlos Lee

Jed Lowrie


Brian Bogusevic

Travis Buck

J.D. Martinez

Jordan Schafer

Astros set Minor League rosters

The Astros have set their preliminary 2012 minor league rosters for four of their affiliates, Triple-A Oklahoma City, Double-A Corpus Christi, Class A Lancaster and Class A Lexington. The announcement was made by Astros director of player development Fred Nelson.

These rosters are subject to change and will not be officially finalized until the Minor League Opening Day. Rosters do not include Disabled List players.

Oklahoma City:



























* – denotes left-hander

# – denotes switch-hitter

 Corpus Christi: