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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.
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With Kody Hinze on his way to Double-A later this week to play first base for the Hooks, those who are waiting for the next crop of young Astros prospects to reach the Major Leagues have to like what’s taking place at Corpus Christi.
Hinze, who is hitting .326 with 22 homers and 69 RBIs at Class A Lancaster, will join a promising infield at Corpus Christi: Jose Altuve at second base, Jimmy Paredes at third base and Jonathan Villar at shortstop. Altuve and Villar were promoted on June 1. Hinze is 23 years old.
“Kody’s obviously sung the bat very well in what we know is an offensive environment, but the thing that’s impressive about Kody is he leads the league in walks [70 walks, 73 strikeouts] and has a good on-base percentage,” Astros director of player development Fred Nelson said. “Some of the peripheral things in the offensive ranks are real high, and I think that equates to pitch select and command of strike zone and the ablity to take pitches an put the ball in play. He’s got the ability and tools to strive there [in Double-A].”
Altuve, who will represent the Astros at the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game in Phoenix next month, is hitting .371 with four homers and 22 RBIs in 30 games at Corpus Christi. Paredes is hitting .273 with six homers and 26 RBIs.
Catcher Chris Wallace was promoted to Double-A last month and is off to a quick start, hitting .313 with 2 homers and 10 RBIs in 10 games. Wallace and outfielder J.D. Martinez each hit a grand slam in Sunday’s 16-3 over Northwest Arkansas.
“We’ve had some kids that have gone from real nice offensive years and not duplicated them in Double-A out of Lancaster, but we just think [Hinze is] is one of those guys, along with Altuve and Villar, that should hold their own and make progress,” Nelson said.
Martinez, who appears to have worked his way back from a nagging hamstring injury, is hitting .331 with seven homers and 52 RBIs in 65 games and could be getting a call to Triple-A Oklahoma City later this year if he stays healthy.
There are some positive happens on the mound, too.
Left-hander Dallas Keuchel threw his fifth consecutive quality start Sunday to improve to 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 15 starts. He’s thrown seven innings each of his last five starts, going 4-1 with a 1.03 ERA. He leads the Texas League in ERA.
Left-hander Xavier Cedeno (4-5), who struck out 14 batters last Monday, was scheduled to start tonight’s game against Frisco.
The Astros have promoted 5-foot-7 second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Jonathan Villar to Double-A Corpus Christi from Class A Lancaster in a move that will move Jimmy Paredes to third base. Astros director of player development Fred Nelson said it’s time for Altuve and Villar to get tested at a higher level.
“Altuve is a guy that has come onto our radar screen,” Nelson said. “He’s continues to play well. He’s not a very big kid in stature, but he plays like a man and knows how to play the game and he’s a guy that’s a baseball player. There comes a point in time when we have to take notice of that and we certainly have.”
Altuve, 21, leads the California League with a ridiculous batting average of .408 (87-for-213) with five homers, 34 RBIs and a leading-leading seven triples. Villar, acquired by the Astros from the Phillies in the Roy Oswalt trade, was hitting .259 with four homers, 26 RBIs and 20 steals at Lancaster.
“We just felt the time was right to give [Altuve] an opportunity, and it gives the organization a chance to see how good of a player he is and how he adjusts to a higher level,” Nelson said. “He’s had a wonderful year offensively for us.”
Nelson said the Astros want Villar to focus on making better contact while at Corpus Christi.
“At times he overswings and comes off the ball,” he said. “He’s got enough power to drive balls in alleys and will hit some home runs. He needs to be more of a line drive, gap-to-gap guy, with better contact. His defensive skills are really quality.”
Paredes, acquired by the Astros from the Yankees in last year’s trade for Lance Berkman, is hitting .265 in 162 at-bats as Corpus Christi’s second baseman. He’s made a team-high nine errors.
“We don’t have any problems getting him at-bats at third,” said Nelson, who added that Paredes could get time at second in the instructional league or the Arizona Fall League. “As much as anything, it’s a way to get two other guys on the club and get them all at-bats. He’s the most logical guy to move over and take some reps at third.”
In other roster moves, third baseman David Flores is being sent down to Lancaster after hitting .212 at Corpus Christi. Left fielder Daniel Adamson is going on the disabled list at Lexington and the Astros are bringing outfielder Jordan Scott, who’s in extended Spring Training, to join the Lexington club. Henry Rodriguez, a utility infielder, is joining Lancaster from extended Spring Training.Nelson sang the praises of 2009 first-round Draft pick Jiovanni Mier, a shortstop who’s hitting .259 with five homers and 27 RBIs in 170 at-bats at Lexington. He’s committed eight errors in 45 games.
“He’s really matured and is playing really, really sound defense,” Nelson said. “We really like what we’ve seen there. I think he’s right on track. I think he’s matured as a player, he’s not as hard on himself and understands the season’s long and there’s going to be ups and downs and you have to be able to deal with both. I’m really impressed with how he’s conducted himself and how sound he’s been on defense.”
By now you’ve probably heard Astros farmhands Telvin Nash, an outfielder, and Chris Wallace, a catcher, each homered three times in the same Sunday for Class A Lexington in n 18-9 win. The entire story, including player reaction, can be found by clicking here.
Both Nash, who was the designated hitter on Sunday, and Wallace went 5-for-6 with four runs scored. Wallace had a club-record nine RBIs, which was one shy of the South Atlantic League record of 10. Nash finished with four RBIs. Both players tallied 15 total bases in the game, which was also one shy of the SAL record of 16.
Nash and Wallace are the first set of teammates ever to hit three home runs in the same game in Lexington franchise history.
Here’s what else is going on around the minors:
OF J.D. Martinez, the Astros Minor League player of the Year in 2010, is hitting .368 in 10 games at Double-A Corpus Christi with two home runs, 16 RBIs, a .422 on-base pct. and a .658 slugging pct. His RBI total is tops in the Texas League. Last season, Martinez, 23, hit a combined .341 at Class A Lexington and Corpus Christi with 18 home runs and 89 RBIs. Martinez has a .344 career minor league average with 32 home runs and 161 RBIs (.405 OBP, .558 SLG) since being selected by the Astros in the 20th round of the 2009 June Draft.
At Triple -A Oklahoma City, OF J.B. Shuck is hitting .353 and OF Brian Bogusevic is batting .324 with a homer and six RBIs. … 1B Koby Clemens is hitting .346 in eight games with two home runs and nine RBIs. … SS Tommy Manzella is hitting .314 with a homer and eight RBIs.
At Double-A Corpus Christi, SS Wladimir Sutil leads the Texas League in hits (20), is second in batting (.455) and is fourth in on-base percentage (.510). … IF Jimmy Paredes (seven), OF T.J. Steele (six) and Sutil (five) are first, second and third in the Texas League in stolen bases.
At Class A Lancaster, 20-year-old IF Jose Altuve ranks seventh in the California League with a.390 average and is tied for first in the league in triples (two). … RHP Jake Buchanan (1-1) is seventh in the California League in ERA with a 1.20 mark after two starts, and 21-year-old RHP Jose Cisnero has the best strikeouts-per-nine-innings ration (17.47) in the Minor Leagues with 22 strikeouts in just 11 2/3 innings of work.
At Class A Lexington, 20-year-old SS Jiovanni Mier, the Astros’ first pick in the 2009 June Draft, is hitting .343 in 10 games with a .477 on-base pct. … 3B Michael Kvasnicka, 22, is hitting .353 in nine games at Lexington with seven RBIs. … Kvasnicka was selected by the Astros in the supplemental first round (No. 33 overall) of the 2010 June Draft. … RHP Tanner Bushue, 19, is 2-0 in two starts with a 2.57 ERA. He was selected in the second round fo the 2009 June Draft.
Here are the 2011 rosters for the Astros 2011 full-season affiliates:
TRIPLE-A OKLAHOMA CITY
Manager: Tony DeFrancesco.
Pitching coach: Burt Hooton.
Hitting coach: Keith Bodie.
Season opener: April 7 at Memphis.
Starting pitchers – Jordan Lyles, Sergio Perez, Douglas Arguello, Fernando Nieve and Henry Villar.
Relievers – Gustavo Chacin, Sergio Escalona, Casey Fien, Fernando Rodriguez, Jose Valdez, Ross Wolf, Wesley Wright.
Catchers – Carlos Corporan, Robinson Cancel.
Infielders – Brian Dopirak, Koby Clemens, Anderson Hernandez, Tommy Manzella, Oswaldo Navarro, Jose Vallejo.
Outfielders – Collin DeLome, Drew Locke, Brian Bogusevic, J.B. Shuck.
DOUBLE-A CORPUS CHRISTI
Manager: Tom Lawless.
Pitching coach: Don Alexander.
Hitting coach: John Moses.
Season opener: April 7 at Tulsa.
Starting pitchers – Xavier Cedeno, Jonathan Aristil, Ross Seaton, Dallas Kuechel, Kyle Greenwalt.
Relievers – Erick Abreu, David Berner, David Carpenter, Arcenio Leon, Mat Nevarez, Patrick Urckfitz, Shane Wolf, Cesar Carrillo.
Catchers – Federico Hernandez, Brian Esposito.
Infielders – Jimmy Van Ostrand, Jimmy Paredes, Wladimir Sutil, David Flores, Andrew Simunic, Brandon Wikoff.
Outfielders – Jon Gaston, Brandon Barnes, T.J. Steele, J.D. Martinez.
CLASS A LANCASTER
Manager: Tom Spencer.
Pitching coach: Travis Driskill.
Hitting coach: Darryl Robinson.
Season opener: April 7 vs. High Desert.
Starting pitchers – Jose Cisnero, James Robinson, Robert Donovan, Jake Buchanan, Robert Doran.
Relievers – Wander Alvino, Kirk Clark, Zachary Grimmett, Wes Musick, Michael Ness, Colton Pitkin, Jose Trinidad.
Catchers – Rene Garcia, Ben Heath.
Infielders – Kody Hinze, Erik Castro, Jose Altuve, Jonathan Villar, Jonathan Meyer, Miguel Arrendell.
Outfielders – Jay Austin, Austin Wates, Jacob Goebbert, Jackson Hogue.
CLASS A LEXINGTON
Manager: Rodney Linares.
Pitching coach: Dave Borkowski.
Hitting coach: Joel Chimelis.
Season opener: April 7 vs. Charleston.
Starting pitchers – Mike Foltynewicz, Tanner Bushue, Brad Dydalewicz, Carlos Quevedo, Juan Minaya.
Relievers – Ruben Alaniz, Jason Chowning, Jorge De Leon, Gabriel Garcia, Murilo Gouvea, David Martinez, Alexander Sogard, Brian Streilein.
Catchers – Roberto Pena, Chris Wallace.
Infielders – Telvin Nash, Jhonny Medrano, Delino DeShields Jr., Enrique Hernandez, Jiovanni Mier, Mike Kvasnicka, Tyler Burnett, Ben Orloff.
Outfielders – Adam Bailey, Daniel Adamson, Bryce Lane.