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Monday, November 28, 2011

Smith and Wade Aren't Invited to Spring Training, but These Guys Could Be

For the first time in several years, Ed Wade and Tal Smith won't be headed to Osceola County Stadium in February 2012. However, as the Astros continue their efforts to rebuild with youth, there will be a large contingent of new players reporting in Florida a few weeks after T.J. Yates leads the Texans to victory over the Packers in Super Bowl XLVI.

The 38 players on the 40-man roster have been set. 12 of these 38 players were not on 40-man roster when Spring Training began in 2011.

An influx of non-roster invitees will likely fill the extra space in the Kissimmee clubhouse. Nine non-roster players have already been invited. Here's a look at 14 more possible candidates to be in Florida in February.

THE CATCHERS
Emerson Frostad
Rene Garcia
Chris Wallace

With approximately 25 pitchers reporting on February 20, the club will need more than the three catchers on the 40-man roster to keep up with all the bullpen pitches that will be thrown.

THE TRADE ACQUISTIONS
Jarred Cosart, RHP
Brett Oberholtzer, LHP
Jason Stoffel, RHP
Jonathan Villar, SS
Josh Zeid, RHP

All of these products of Ed Wade transactions ended the 2011 season with Corpus Christi.

THE ARIZONA TRIO
Jacob Goebbert, OF
Kody Hinze, 1B
Dallas Keuchel, LHP

Goebbert, Hinze, and Kuechel built on solid regular seasons with appearances in the Arizona Fall League.

THE PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Jake Buchanan

Buchanan was voted the pitcher of the year by readers of Farmstros in 2011.

THE CONTRACTUALLY REQUIRED?
Delino DeShields, Jr.
Jiovanni Mier

The 2009 first round pick, Mier had a clause in his contract that required the Astros to invite him to Spring Training in 2011. Does the clause include 2012? Does 2010 first round pick DeShields have a similar clause?

THE ALREADY INVITED
Brandon Barnes, OF
Travis Buck, OF
Xavier Cedeno, LHP
Carlos Corporan, C(Signed and Invited 11/29/2011)
Diory Hernandez, IF(Signed and Invited 12/2011)
Scott Moore, IF
Lance Pendleton, RHP
Brad Snyder, OF
Nick Stavinoha, OF
Joe Thurston, IF
Jose Valdez, RHP

These nine have RSVP'ed to their invitation.

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