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Astros announce Minor League MVPs

The Astros player development department announced the 2011 Most Valuable Players for the team’s eight minor league affiliates on Wednesday. The MVPs, selected by the field staff of each team, will be recognized next Spring Training amongst their peers.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Infielder Anderson Hernandez, 28, hit .300 (153-for-510) in 136 games and posted a franchise record 30-game hit streak, which lasted from Aug. 2-Sept. 2. His hitting streak was the longest in the PCL since 2004 and also tied for the 10th-longest in PCL history. He hit .365 (72-for-197) after the All-Star Break with a .430 on-base percentage. The switch-hitting Hernandez played all over the infield for the RedHawks, appearing in 63 games at second base, 48 games at shortstop and 41 at third base. He was originally acquired by Houston off waivers from Cleveland on July 21, 2010.

Double-A Corpus Christi

Infielder r Jimmy Paredes, 22, hit .270 (104-for-385) with 22 doubles, 10 home runs, and 29 stolen bases in 93 games. Paredes was recalled by Houston on August 1 to make his Major League debut and has gone on to hit .299 (46-for-154) with two home runs and 16 RBIs in 42 games as the Astros primary third baseman. A 2011 Texas League All-Star, the switch-hitting Paredes had never played above Class A prior to this season. He was originally acquired by Houston along with reliever Mark Melancon from the New York Yankees in exchange for infielder Lance Berkman on July 31, 2010.

Class A Lancaster

Outfielder Austin Wates, 23, finished his second professional season hitting .300 (158-for-526) with 38 extra-base hits, 75 RBIs and 26 stolen bases. The right-handed hitting outfielder finished the season in the top 10 of the California League in hits (158, T-6th) and batting average (T-9th) and led his club in runs scored (85) and RBIs. He was a third-round pick of the Astros in 2010 .

Class A Lexington

Outfielder Emilio King, 22, finished his 2011 campaign with a .293 average (106-for-362), 24 doubles, nine home runs and 42 RBIs to earn MVP honors. After beginning his season in extended Spring Training, King joined the Legends in May and went on to hit .400 (30-for-75) with 12 RBIs in 21 May games. He also had a big August, posting a .337 (30-for-89) average en route to Lexington’s Offensive and Defensive Player of the Month Award. King was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in July of 2006.

Short-season Tri-City

Infielder Matthew Duffy, 22, hit .298 (70-for-235) with 20 doubles and 37 RBIs in 63 games as the ValleyCats primary third baseman. Duffy, a 20th-round selection out of Tennessee in 2011 , signed with Houston on June 10 and began his season by winning Tri-City’s Offensive Player of the Month for July in his first full month in professional baseball. He went on to be named a NYPL All-Star and led his club in runs scored (36) and doubles (20), while finishing second in hits and RBI.

Rookie-league Greeneville

Outfielder Jordan Scott, 19, hit .337 (83-for-246) with 12 doubles, 31 RBIs and a .388 on-base percentage in 60 games for the Astros to earn team MVP honors. Scott also played 14 games for Lexington and five games for Tri-City this season, combining to hit .323 (100-for-310) with 15 doubles, four triples and 43 RBs in 79 games. He was a 14th-round pick out of high school in 2010 .

GCL Astros

Infielder Yonathan Mejia, 19, earned team MVP honors by hitting .329 (48-for-146) with 25 RBIs in 40 games. He played primarily second base, but saw most of his at-bats as the club’s designated hitter. He led the club in batting average and hits, in what was his second professional season after being signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in July of 2009.

Dominican Summer League

Outfielder Teoscar Hernandez, 18, hit .274 (62-for-226) average with 13 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs and 35 RBIs in 65 games, in what was his first professional season. Hernandez led his club in doubles, triples and home runs and tied for the club lead in RBIs.

Wates agrees to terms with Astros

The Astros have agreed to terms third-round pick Austin Wates, a junior from Virginia Tech, assistant general manager/scouting director Bobby Heck confirmed. The negotiations went down to the wire, but the Astros were able to pry him away from what would have been his senior year in college.

Wates received $550,000, according to a report in Baseball America.

Astros hoping to sign 4 more picks

Bobby Heck, the Astros assistant general manager/director of scouting, said the club is still trying to sign four additional draft picks ahead of today’s 11:01 p.m. CT deadline to sign draft picks. One of the players the club is still hoping to sign is third-round pick Austin Wates, an outfielder from Virginia Tech who has one year of eligibility left.

“We’re still working on them and seeing how they play out,” Heck said. “There are deals out there the guys could say ‘yes’ to.”

The Astros have already reached deals with their three first-round/compensation picks – second baseman Delino DeShields Jr., pitcher Mike Foltynewicz and third baseman Mike Kvasnicka and second-round pick Vincent Velasquez.

DeShields, who signed last week to a $2.15 million bonus, has played three games to rookie-league Greeneville and is hitting .143. He’s playing center field, but will make the move to second base in the instructional league this fall.

Kvasnicka is hitting .237 with four homers and 30 RBIs at Tri-City, and Foltynewicz is 0-3 with a 5.52 ERA in nine starts at Greeneville. Velasquez is 2-2 wiht a 3.16 ERA in seven games, including five starts.

Astros still hope to sign Wates, others

With the deadline to sign players selected in the First-Year Player Draft arriving on Monday, the Astros are in negotiations with five players and hope to sign at least four of the players – and perhaps all five – before the deadline.

“We’re exclusive to pursuing the five players at this point in time,” assistant general manager/director of scouting Bobby Heck said. “Others that are unsigned, outside of that five, either we’ve determined to continue evaluations and are better off going to school or we’ve been unable to bridge a gap between what our evaluated value is compared to how they value themselves. Some just said they’d rather go to school, and that’s typical of your later round drafts when you take fliers on for numbers.”

The Astros are very close to reaching a deal with 25th-round pick Rodney Quintero, a right-hander from Chipola Junior College in Miami. Third-round pick Austin Wates, an outfielder from Virginia Tech with one year of eligibility remaining, is one of the players the Astros still hope to sign, and he was in Houston on Monday for a physical.

“We’re putting a lot of time and effort into that,” Heck said. “We wanted to make sure the physical aspect was done because on a deadline deal, if you don’t get it, you’re unable to get it done in time. Then it’s all buyer beware.”

One of the players that likely will go unsigned is high school standout Jacoby Jones, a shortstop taken in the 19th round.

“We have a high value on him, but it’s not close to where it’s going to take for him to forgo LSU,” said Heck, who has signed 33 players from this year’s Draft and six non-drafted free agents.
 

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