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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Starting for Your Round Rock Express?

A few free agent signings are still to come to complete Houston's AAA roster; however, the main line up seems to be in place.

First Game: April 8 @ New Orleans
Catcher- Jason Castro (Up to Houston by mid-season)
1B- Jimmy Van Ostrand (Any chance RR can play a few games in Midland?)
2B- Jose Vallejo (Pudge trade pick-up gets full season in Round Rock)
SS- Wladimir Sutil (26 errors in AA in 2009)
3B- Chris Johnson (Feliz signed, Johnson will spend year in AAA)
Utility- Edwin Maysonet (Will probably bounce between Dell Diamond and Minute Maid)
OF- Drew Locke (Can he do in AAA what he did in AA?)
OF- Yordany Ramirez (Will bat catch up with glove?)
OF- Brian Bogusevic (Second full season as a position player)
SP- Polin Trinidad (Looking for big league precision)
SP- Yorman Bazardo (Called up at 1st big league injury)
SP- Wilton Lopez (Ended 2009 on fire)
SP- Wesley Wright (Continues transition to starter)
SP- Sergio Perez (5th man in rotation)
Bullpen- Chia-jen Lo (Moving up fast. May see Houston before September)
Bullpen- Casey Daigle (Veteran presence, could see the big leagues this year)
Bullpen- Evan Englebrook (Impressed in Arizona Fall League)


Snake Diggity said...

That's a pretty good lineup; anxious to see how it exactly plays out. Regardless, I think RR will be a winning team this season; a great rotation and an offense full of future MLB call-ups. I wonder if German Duran or Brad James will get a shot in AAA?

farmstros said...

My guess is Duran is a back-up at AAA. James will have a short leash wherever he is.

OremLK said...

I hope Fernando Abad is lights-out as a starter in Corpus Christi and doesn't take long to make it up to Round Rock.

carter said...

Great post, thanks! Couple questions... When do you think they'll pull the plug or Y. Ramirez? I see that Jason Bourgeois accepted AAA assignment. Wouldn't it be better for him to start, esp since he could get called up if there's an injury?
Looking forward to seeing your CC Hooks projections, that team is going to be a lot of fun this year!

farmstros said...

I figured they would have already given up on Ramirez. An interesting fact: Felix Francisco, who is the director of Latin American scouting for Houston helped bring Ramirez to San Diego in his previous job. If his bat ever catches up...he could be something. My thought is if Bourgeois is going to fill in for anyone it will be Locke. Also, he may be a DH at times for RR.

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