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Bennett, four pro scouts not returning to Astros

Ricky Bennett, who served for six seasons as the Astros assistant general manager and director of player development, is among a handful in the club’s professional scouting department who learned Tuesday they won’t have their contracts renewed.

In addition to Bennett, four professional scouts won’t receive new contracts – Bryan Lambe, Jack Lind, Bob Rossi and Scipio Spinks – as the club continues to restructure its scouting staff. Their contracts run through Oct. 31.

“This is a time of year that most baseball operations departments look at the possibility of changes for next year, so we’re doing it as early as possible to give everybody as much time as possible to seek other opportunities,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “We’re looking top to bottom at the pro scouting department, and we’re going to be restructuring it, and part of the restructuring came with some personnel changes.”

Bennett had been with the Astros since 2005. He was in his second full season as director of professional scouting after previously serving as assistant general manager and director of player development. He oversaw the club’s Minor League affiliates from 2005-10.

The Astros announced Aug. 11 they were not renewing the contract of assistant general manager/scouting director Bobby Heck, who was replaced by Mike Elias.

Elias, 29, had been in the Cardinals organization since 2007 where he served as a scout before being promoted to manager of amateur scouting. Over the past several seasons, Elias has scouted domestically and internationally at both the amateur and professional levels.

Earlier this month, the Astros didn’t renew the contracts of amateur scouts Mike Brown (four corners, southern Nevada), Keith Bogan (Louisiana-Alabama-Mississippi-West Tennessee), Everett Stull (Georgia, South Carolina), John Kosciak (northeast) and Larry Pardo (south Florida and Puerto Rico), who signed No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa of Puerto Rico. Kosciak signed first-round pick George Springer last year.

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 organizations 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