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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Four Astros farmhands to Hang Ten In Hawaii

As the Astros' season comes to a close this weekend, four members of their organization are on their way to Hawaii to begin a new season in the Hawaii Winter Baseball season.

The league is made up mostly of A and AA players from the major leagues and prospects and runs from late September to mid-Novmber. The Astros prospects are on the roster of the North Shore Honu who plays their first game Saturday afternoon.

Bud Norris ended his season with Salem after spending a majority of the year with Lexington. His fastball helped him strike out 117 batters in a mere 96 2/3 innings for Lexington. Norris is expected to start in Hawaii.

Lou Santangelo will be one of the Honu's catcher. He spent the year at AA Corpus, however, he missed fifty games with a performance enhancing drug use suspension. In an interesting note, another catcher on the team, Brewers' prospect, Angel Salome, missed 50 games this season for the same reason.

RHP Sean Walker only appeared in 20 games for Salem and was on the injured list for a considerable amount of time.

IF Chris Johnson split the season equally between Lexington and Salem, totaling 14 HRs and 82 RBIs between the two stops.

The Honu roster also includes five members of the Brewers' organization and four future Pirates. The Japanese players for the North Shore team come from the Orix Buffaloes a team managed by former Astros manager, Terry Collins.

First pitch is at noon Hawaii time on Saturday, September 29.

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