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Friday, December 24, 2010

Musick- An Astro Refrain

One of the players Houston picked up from Colorado for Matt Lindstrom has been familiar to the organization at least since 2005. The Astros selected left-hander Wes Musick in the 46th Round (their final pick) of that year's draft. At that time, Musick was an 18 year old pitcher out of Hudson High Schoo in Lufkin, Texas. Since then, Musick went to the University of Houston. Following four seasons there (one as a red-shirt), he was drafted by Colorado in 2009. He spent last year with Asheville, the Rockies' South Atlantic League affiliate. I am curious to see if Musick will be reunited with his old University of Houston battery-mate, Chris Wallace, who the Astros drafted and signed in 2010. Wallace split last summer between Greeneville and Tri-City.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Welcome back, Andy Van Hekken

According to Baseball America, Andy Van Hekken will be back in the Houston organization for another season in 2011. Van Hekken, 31 joined the organization during the 2008 season, and the left-handed pitcher has spent time in both Corpus Christi and Round Rock over the last three seasons as a Farmstro. He spent all of 2010 with Round Rock. For any readers in Holland, Michigan, welcome back, Andy.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Star Tex Power Field

It ends up that the Sugarland stadium will be Star Tex Power Field (Sorry, Imperial Sugar). Hence, this little ditty.

Imperial Field Song

Today at 11 a.m. (Sugarland time), the Sugarland Skeeters are scheduled to announce the naming rights partner for their stadium. The club will begin play in the independent Atlantic League in 2012.

The song above is written thanks to my speculation that the field will be named Imperial Sugar company, which is central to the story of Sugarland.

A disclaimer: I have no inside information about the naming and if I am right it will be merely by chance.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Astros Select Two in Rule 5 Draft

The Astros picked up two players in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

Aneury Rodriguez, RHP from Tampa Bay

Lance Pendleton, RHP from New York Yankees

In the minor league phase of the draft, Houston lost Jeiler Castillo to Oakland. Castillo is a right-handed pitcher who spent 2010 with Greeneville and Tri-City.

Rule 5 Eligible Players

NOTE: This list is a work in progress and will be updated as the December Rule 5 Draft draws near.

Michael Affronti, IF
Wander Alvino, RHP
Doug Arguello, LHP
Miguel Arrendell, IF
Brandon Barnes, OF
Bubbie Buzachero, RHP
Albert Cartwright, IF
Jeiler Castillo, RHP- Drafted by Oakland in minor league phase
Leandro Cespedes, RHP
Koby Clemens, 1B
Carlos Corporan, C
Lee Cruz, OF
John Curtis, C
Collin DeLome, OF
Dayan Diaz, RHP
Brian Dopirak, 1B
German Duran, IF
Brian Esposito, C
Casey Fien, RHP
Jonathon Fixler, C
Ricardo Garcia, IF
Murillo Gouvea, RHP
Kyle Greenwalt, RHP
Ricardo Heredia, OF
Anderson Hernandez, IF
Federico Hernandez, C
Kody Hinze, IF
Wilton Infante, OF
Brad James, RHP
Emilio King, OF
Kody Kirkland, IF
Drew Locke, OF
Chris Lovett, IF
David Martinez, RHP
Jhonny Medrano, IF
Carlos Mojica, C
Ozzie Navarro, IF
Matt Nevarez, RHP
Freddy Parejo, OF
Brian Pellegrini, OF
Sergio Perez, RHP
Carlos Quevedo, RHP
Yordany Ramirez, RHP
Fernando Rodriguez, RHP
Ebert Rosario, RHP
Wladimir Sutil, IF
Renzo Tello, OF
Jose Trinidad, RHP
Jose Valdez, RHP
Jose Vallejo, IF
Jimmmy Van Ostrand, OF
Brian Wabick, RHP
Edwin Walker, LHP
Jared Wells, RHP
Ross Wolf, RHP