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Friday, October 22, 2010

Get Your Rojo Johnson Card



Listen to the Rojo Johnson theme song by Farmstros


College for Cancer is currently selling autographed Rojo Johnson baseball cards as a fundraiser. Will Farrell was in Austin back in May to host a College for Cancer golf tournament. Since he was already in the area, it was convenient for him to also be Rojo Johnson at Dell Diamond.

Cancer for College provides scholarships for cancer survivors.

The Rojo Johnson cards cost $100 each. NOTE: You need to scroll to near the bottom of the Cancer for College page to find the Rojo card offer.

Aluminum Can Music Man to Host a Can Drive, October 29



For those of you who read this blog in the Houston area, here's some information about an event that I am producing in the Heights area Friday, October 29.

In addition to Farmstros, I am the creator of a recycling superhero named ALUMINUM CAN MUSIC MAN. ACMM is a song-singing cartoon character who promotes recycling and at the same time helps raise money for schools and charitable organizations in the Houston area. You can read more about his 'toons and his tunes by visiting THE SECRET LAIR.

This project is still in its infancy. However, it has already received some financial backing from C&D Scrap Metal. (We pay you in $2 bills)

ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, Aluminum Can Music Man will be hosting a can drive at the Sterling Bank 414 W. 19th Street, Houston, Texas. Aluminum Can Music Man will be in the parking lot of Sterling Bank from 7:20- 8:30 a.m. and 2:30- 4:00 p.m. on that day. Aluminum Can Music Man will be collecting cans and singing during the event. He will be joined by his fellow recyclers from C&D Scrap Metal. C&D will be bringing their monster truck and handing out t-shirts. If you are in the Heights area on October 29, please stop by.

All proceeds from cans donated at this event will support the Helms PTA.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I, Farmstros- The Man of Minute Maid Park



With all due respect to Cervantes, Don Quixote and Scott Bakula, here is the Farmstros version of the song referenced in my previous post.

I Guess it's time to Pull Out the Don Quixote/Quantum Leap Card



As I tilt at the windmills surrounding Minute Maid Park, (Will this Swing Make it to Minute Maid Park), I remember the QUANTUM LEAP episode embedded above, in which Dr. Sam Beckett lands in the body of an actor playing Don Quixote in THE MAN OF LA MANCHA.

As the Astros Media Softball game draws nearer (I don't know the exact date, but last year's game took place in the first week of November), I call on Farmstros readers for help again. If Farmstros helps you follow the Astros and increases your interest in/loyalty to the Houston organization, please take a few moments to let the club, specifically the Media Relations department, know on my behalf.

You can contact the club at 713-259-8000 (main number)

Ask for the Media Relations Department

For your convenience, here is a sample script for your phone call:

"This is ====== from Senegal in Africa. I have been a fan of the Astros for ---- years. It has been exciting to follow the transition of the organization, especially during the 2010 season. One great source of hope for me as an Astros fan is the steady growth of the farm system overseen by Mr. Wade, Mr. Bennett, Mr. Nelson and of course, Mr. Heck. I especially appreciate the blog Farmstros, which is an excellent source of information about the Astros of the Future created by Mike Tauser. Farmstros provides me, as an Astros' fan, with helpful information throughout the season and in the off-season. While Tauser is not a credentialed media member, for the service he provides to Astros fans everywhere, he merits consideration for inclusion in the Astros media softball game."

Once again, I appreciate your readership and your assistance on this matter.

Thanks for following the Astros of the Future with us

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Database Explanation

This link will take you to a database of the Astros organization. I just updated this document for the off-season. A few notes about the database for your convenience.

The players in Red are on the 40-man roster.
The players in Light Blue are arbitration eligible

NOTE: For those players who spent all or part of the 2010 season in the Houston organization "2010 Team" only includes the time that the player was in the Astros organization.

Here Comes J.D.- A Farmstros Song



The melody of "Here Comes J.D." is from a song called HERE COMES JESUS. As best I can tell, the melody is in the public domain.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Astros Open Up Space for ???

Yesterday the Astros took three players off of their 40-man roster (Esposito, Hernandez, and Sutil). This reduced the number on that roster to 37. Thanks to Zach Levine for pointing out that one of those spots could be for Alberto Arias, who is currently on the 60 day disabled list and exempt from the 40-man roster. Who else is going on? My guess: Doug Arguello and Koby Clemens. (with Drew Locke an outside shot)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Will This Swing Make it to Minute Maid Park?




As I have mentioned in a previous post (complete with Bad News Bears video), I am Quixotically attempting to get the sweet softball swing pictured above into the Astros annual Media Softball game this fall. For the record, as a minor league "Call-up", I'd be happy just to sit on the bench during the contest.

My attempt to overcome a lack of media credentials ran into another dead end yesterday, when I found out that the local Halloween apparel shop is all out of Zach Levine costumes. I didn't inquire as to how many they normally have in stock.

Moving on from this setback, I call on Farmstros readers for help again. If Farmstros helps you follow the Astros and increases your interest in/loyalty to the Houston organization, please take a few moments to let the club, specifically the Media Relations department, know on my behalf.

You can contact the club at 713-259-8000 (main number)

Ask for the Media Relations Department

For your convenience, here is a sample script for your phone call:

"This is ====== from Senegal in Africa. I have been a fan of the Astros for ---- years. It has been exciting to follow the transition of the organization, especially during the 2010 season. One great source of hope for me as an Astros fan is the steady growth of the farm system overseen by Mr. Wade, Mr. Bennett, Mr. Nelson and of course, Mr. Heck. I especially appreciate the blog Farmstros, which is an excellent source of information about the Astros of the Future created by Mike Tauser. Farmstros provides me, as an Astros' fan, with helpful information throughout the season and in the off-season. While Tauser is not a credentialed media member, for the service he provides to Astros fans everywhere, he definitely merits consideration for inclusion in the Astros media softball game."

Once again, I appreciate your readership and your assistance on this matter.

Thanks for following the Astros of the Future with us

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

While Arizona gets going, Florida Wraps up

With the Arizona Fall League getting into full swing, the Astros prospects in Florida are nearing the end of their instructional season. Houston's entry in the Florida Fall circuit has three games remaining: Thursday, vs. Atlanta (1 p.m., Florida time); Friday, at Detroit (Lakeland, 1 p.m.); and Saturday, vs. Team Canada (10 a.m.)

Home games are at the Osceola County Stadium Complex.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Vote for J.D.

Farmstros Player of the Year J.D. Martinez is one of five nominees for MiLB.com's Low A Hitter of the year.

Three More Minor League Free Agents

Josh Banks, Yorman Bazardo, and Chris Sampson have joined Casey Daigle and Gary Majewski filing for minor league free agency.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Farmstros Hopes to Play some softball at MMP. Can you Help?



Once again this off-season, the Astros will be hosting a softball game involving media members who cover the team throughout the season. While according to the Astros Media Relations department participation in this game is limited to people with full-season credentials, this post is phase one of a campaign to land Farmstros on the field for the contest. Even more during the 2010 season, being a fan of the Astros meant being a fan of the Astros of the Future. Readers of this blog knew that from opening day through Labor Day, Farmstros was the place to go to find information on players in the pipeline to Minute Maid Park.

Having said this, I would appreciate any support you can give to me as I seek to build my case with the Astros, attempting to get invited to play in the game.

Please read my post, WILL THIS SWING MAKE IT TO MINUTE MAID PARK for more information on how to help with this campaign.

I appreciate your readership and your help on this matter.

Thanks for following the Astros of the Future with us.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Off-Season Baseball Reading



If you've ever collected baseball cards and if you're looking for some reading to pass the time until Spring Training begins, I'd like to direct your attention to a book called CARDBOARD GODS by Josh Wilker from Seven Footer Press.

Wilker tells the story of growing up in Vermont. Each chapter of his tale is launched by a particular baseball card that he collected between 1975 and 1981. Having personally collected cards intensely at the same time Wilker did, it was interesting to see how some of the same cards I once held in my hand, played such a major role in every aspect of Wilker's unique childhood experience. For Astros fans, there are appearances by Mike Cosgrove, Bo McLaughlin and J.R. Richard.

For the sake of full disclosure, a college classmate of mine works for Seven Footer Press, and he provided me with a review copy of the book. However, I am not getting anything beyond that for mentioning this book here.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

They Won't be Red Hawks

Casey Daigle and Gary Majewski filed for minor league free agency.

Rule 5 and Free Agent Follow-up

To follow up on the last post about the Astros Rule 5 eligible players and potential minor league free agents, here's who I suspect the Astros will protect on the 40-man roster (in order of priority):

Doug Arguello, LHP
Drew Locke, OF
Koby Clemens, 1B

Monday, October 4, 2010

Rule 5 Eligible and Minor League Free Agents

In the weeks to come, the Astros brass will be forming their 40-man roster for the 2011 season. Part of this process will entail looking over the Rule 5 eligible players and potential minor league free agents and deciding who merits the protection of the 40-man roster.

The Rule 5 eligible players:
Albert Cartwright
Koby Clemens
Collin DeLome
Drew Locke

NOTE: Tri-City's Jorge DeLeon and Carlos Quevedo are Rule 5 eligible as well. While they won't need protection in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft, I wonder if they will be moved up to the AAA or AA roster to protect them in the minor league phases.

The Potential Minor League Free Agents:
Doug Arguello
Arcenio Leon
Lou Santangelo

Minor League MVP Night

Sign of things to come?
Tonight at Minute Maid Park
Lyles and Martinez


I scribbled this haiku on a napkin at Minute Maid Park during the Astros Minor League MVP ceremony Saturday night. My son and I could only stay through the 4th inning as I had to go work the graveyard shift, but I can honestly say that we did more in four innings than most people do in a whole game.

- Got Jordan Lyles and J.D. Martinez's autograph on a ball (My son was a bit upset when Appy Astros got a Jordan Lyles ball a few weeks ago, so this settled that score)
- Delivered a copy of THE QUEST FOR 3000 SYLLABLES to Zach Levine (Since I am name dropping, I had to enlist Brian McTaggart's help to get Levine out of the press box. Thanks, Tags)
- Hob-knobbed with Lyles' agent, Lee Long... Found out that Lyles is scheduled to be at a card show in Houston sometime in January
- Met Steve who read about the Minor League event on Farmstros Saturday morning. Steve got his official Farmstros magnet
- Saw the pre-game ceremony. Lyles, Martinez, and Omar Lopez were on the field. The team also announced the affiliate MVPs and had pictures of those players on the big screen (That's right, I saw a picture of Francisco Baso!)
- Thanks to Richard Tapia in the ticket office, found our seats, where we definitely didn't need binoculars
- Saw a starting lineup that included recent Farmstros: Castro, Wallace, Johnson and Bogusevic
- Even though we left after four innings, saw Henry Villar pitch
- And speaking of Astros of the Past, we got two Biggio Bobble Head dolls!

All in all, it was a special way to wrap up the 2010 season.

Meet the Farmstros at Astros County

During the off-season, Astros County will provide profiles of the players in the Astros minor league system. A.C. does a recap of pretty much every prospect of note from the GCL Astros through the Oklahoma City Red Hawks, previously the Round Rock Express. I will post a link to this feature in the favorites section.

Additionally, Astros County is interviewing several players this off-season. Most recently, he "sat down" with Jordan Comadena.

With the #11 Pick in the 2011 Draft

With their win to end the season Sunday, the Astros secured the #11 pick in next June's draft. The order for 1-11.

1. Pittsburgh
2. Seattle
3. Arizona
4. Baltimore
5. Kansas City
6. Washington or Cleveland
7. Arizona* (Compensation for unsigned 2010 First Round)
8. Washington or Cleveland
9. Cubs
10. San Diego (Compensation for unsigned 2010 First Round)
11. Houston

The Last five players taken #11 in the MLB Draft:

2010- Toronto, Deck McGuire, RHP, Georgia Tech
2009- Colorado, Tyler Matzek, LHP, High School (Massachusetts)
2008- Texas, Justin Smoak, 1B, South Carolina
2007- Seattle, Phillipe Aumont, RHP, Canada
2006- Arizona, Max Scherzer, RHP, Missouri

Fall Instructional Schedule

Thanks to Richard, who found the schedule of games for the Fall Instructional League in Florida.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

#9 Spot up for Drops Sunday Afternoon at Minute Maid

The winner of Sunday's Astros/Cubs season finale will take fourth place in the NL Central race. However, the loser will get a prize too: the #9 pick in next summer's draft. Houston and Chicago enter Sunday's contest tied for the eighth-worst record in the Majors at 75-86. Normally, the eighth-worst record would merit a #8 pick, but next June, Arizona will get a compensation pick at #7 for their failure to sign their #6 2010 selection, Barret Loux. Therefore, the eighth-worst record will equal #9 pick. Adding intrigue to the final game, San Diego will receive the #10 pick as compensation for their failure to sign their #9 selection in the 2010 first round. This means that today's winner, will end the season with the ninth-worst record, and the #11 pick in next summer's draft.

#6- #11 picks in 2011 Draft (based on record entering Sunday's play);

#6- Washington
#7- Arizona*
#8- Cleveland
#9- Cubs/Astros loser
#10- San Diego*
#11- Cubs/Astros winner

Minor League Free Agents

Erick Abreu, RHP- Re-signed with Houston
Buck Afenir, C
Josh Banks, RHP
Jonah Bayliss, RHP- Signed with Tampa Bay
Edwin Bellorin, C
Yorman Bazardo, RHP
Tim Byrdak, LHP- Signed with Mets
Marcos Cabral, IF
Gustavo Chacin, LHP- Re-signed with Houston
David Cook, OF- signed with Cincinnati
Roy Corcoran, RHP
Casey Daigle, RHP- Signed with San Francisco
Evan Englebrook, RHP
Jhon Florentino, IF
Sammy Gervacio, RHP- Re-Signed with Houston
Jeremy Johnson, RHP
Matt Kata, IF- Signed with Texas
Shane Loux, RHP- Signed with San Francisco
Gary Majewski, RHP
Edwin Maysonet, IF- Signed with Milwaukee
Dieudone Paul, LHP
Jailen Peguero, RHP- Re-signed with Houston
Chris Sampson, RHP
Lou Santangelo, C- Signed with Washington
Chris Shelton, 1B
Polin Trinidad, LHP- Signed with Chicago Cubs
Andy Van Hekken, LHP- Re-Signed with Houston
Edwin Walker, LHP- Re-signed with Houston

Friday, October 1, 2010

Eight Affiliate MVPs Named

On the eve of their Minor League MVP event, the Astros have announced the MVPs of each of their affiliates.

J.D. Martinez and Jordan Lyles who were named the Player and Pitcher of the Year for the whole organization are scheduled to be signing autographs at 5 p.m. before a pre-game ceremony at Minute Maid Park Saturday. I'll be there in my #13 Astros jersey. I have a few Farmstros magnets to give away if you find me.

THE AFFILIATE MVPs:

Drew Locke, Round Rock
Koby Clemens, Corpus Christi
Brandon Barnes, Lancaster
Jacob Goebbert, Lexington
Ben Orloff, Tri-City
Telvin Nash, Greeneville
Jose Perdomo, GCL Astros
Francisco Baso, DSL Astros

Lyles at Minute Maid Saturday



My son are I are looking forward to meeting Jordan Lyles Saturday at the Astros Minor League MVP event. Lyles has been a great friend of Farmstros this season beginning with the interview he did back in April (listen above) shortly before he made his first AA start.

Remember if you buy a ticket(s) to Saturday's Minor League MVP event and tell Richard Tapia in the Astros ticket office (713-259-8303) that Farmstros sent you, I will give you a home made customized Farmstros magnet Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

Number Nine Draft Pick up for Grabs at Minute Maid

Going into the final three game series against the Cubs, the Astros are two games ahead (behind) of the Cubs in the race for the number nine pick in next summer's draft. Milwaukee, who is in Cincinnati for three is one game ahead of Houston. If the draft order was set today, here is how 1-12 would look.

1. Pittsburgh
2. Seattle
3. Baltimore
4. Arizona
5. Kansas City
6. Cleveland or Washington
7. Arizona* (Compensation for failure to sign #6 pick in 2010 Draft)
8. Cleveland or Washgington
9. Cubs
10. San Diego* (Compensation for failure to sign #10 pick in 2010 Draft)
11. Houston
12. Milwaukee