There were a few players from the 2011 DSL Astros roster absent from the club's 2012 roster when play began in the Dominican Republic over the weekend. This special edition Cinco de Farmstros takes a look at five peloteros whose absence from the DSL Astros means it is likely that they will be playing stateside for the first time this season.
Reymin Guduan, 20, LHP. (1st Professional Season-2010)- Guduan made 13 starts for the DSL Astros in 2011. He had a 2.17 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 46 IP.
Teoscar Hernandez, 19, OF. (2011)- Hernandez led the DSL Astros with seven home runs in 2011. He batted .274 with 27 extra-base hits and a .487 slugging percentage in 65 games. Hernandez also had 16 stolen bases.
Franny Polanco, 20, C. (2010)- Polanco batted .292 with 25 RBI in 58 games. He led the DSL Astros with 35 games played at catcher.
Juan Santana, 17, IF. (2011)- Santana was 68 for 248(.274) in 2011. He had 11 doubles and 28 RBI with a team-leading 44 runs.
Jose Solano, 20, IF. (2010)- Solano led the 2011 team with 21 stolen bases. He batted .282 in 65 games with seven doubles and 21 RBI.
NOTE: There is a possibility that a player's absence from the DSL roster is simply a matter of MiLB.com catching up on roster moves at the beginning of the season.