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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.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
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.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE
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.
MEXICAN WINTER LEAGUE
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.
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE
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.
The recent departures of first baseman Brett Wallace and Triple-A manager Tony DeFrancesco from their assignments at Escogido of the Dominican Winter League came only a few days before both men were scheduled to return to the U.S.
Wallace, who was released Thursday, was supposed to leave the Dominican on Sunday, and DeFrancesco, who was managing Escogido, was due to return about the same time. It’s not surprising to see players or managers cut loose. Astros third base coach Dave Clark was let ago about a year ago while managing Licey in the Dominican, and former Houston infielder Tommy Manzella was released by Aguilas Cibaenas a year ago.
“Brett’s been struggling down there,” Astros general manager Ed Wade said. “It’s a very competitive environment down there. The organizations and fans have high expectations and it’s a short window in which you have to produce. It’s not uncommon for player changes to made and managerial changes to be made.”
Wallace hit .173 with two homers and nine RBIs in 52 at-bats.
Elsewhere, second baseman Jose Altuve entered Monday hitting .403/.437/.524 for Magallanes of the Venezuelan Winter League. He had 13 strikeouts in 124 at-bats. Outfielder Brian Bogusevic was hitting .291 with two homers and eight RBIs and a .384 on-base percentage for Aguilas of the Dominican Winter League.
For all of the Astros’ winter ball stats, click here.
The Salt River Rafters, which was home to the Astros’ prospects in the Arizona Fall League, won the league title last weekend with a 9-3 win over the Surprise Saguaros in the AFL Championship Game on Saturday.
Astros catcher Jason Castro hit .289 with four RBIs and eight walks in 12 games (38 at-bats) for Salt River as he continues to his path to recovery after missing all of last season following knee surgery. Outfielders Jay Austin (.311 batting average) and Jake Goebbert (.247) also competed in Arizona.
“I texted Jason after the game and congratulated him and told him to get some relaxation and told him to get ready for Spring Training,” Wade said.
Complete stats for the Rafters can be found by clicking here.
Even though the Astros are headed to the American League, likely in 2013, Wade said the club hasn’t had any discussions about implementing the designated hitter more at the lower level of the Minor Leagues.
“We haven’t really talked about those types of adjustments,” he said. “Our focus still has to be roster composition for 2012. We’re clearly aware of the differences between the two leagues, but I don’t believe they’re as pronounced as some would make them out to be. We’ll prepare when the time comes.”
Spring Training is only three months away. The Astros will hold their first workout for pitchers and catchers on Feb. 20 in Kissimmee, Fla., and the first full-squad workout will be Feb. 26.