Posted on February 4, 2013 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Oakland Athletics, in a move to bolster their major league roster, acquired shortstop Jed Lowrie and right-handed reliever Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros in exchange for catching prospect Max Stassi and former top prospects Chris Carter and Brad Peacock.
The Oakland A’s signed Hiroyuki Nakajima to be their shortstop in 2013 but, before the trade, were slated to give second base duties to Scott Sizemore and third base duties to Josh Donaldson. With none of the three players mentioned above having a proven track record of success in the majors, adding someone like Lowrie, who can play all three positions, was something Billy Beane needed to do for his contending club.
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: Billy Beane, Brad Peacock, Chris Carter, Fernando Rodriguez, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Houston Astros, Jed Lowrie, Jeff Lunhow, Josh Donaldson, Max Stassi, Oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, Prospects, Scott Sizemore, Trades | Leave a Comment »
Posted on November 27, 2012 by mlbdirtstaff
Just a few short years ago the Houston Astros had one of the worst farm systems in baseball. General Manager Jeff Lunhow and his crew have changed the way this franchise thinks and, via trades and the draft, he has turned this system into one of the best in all of baseball.
Below are our top 16 prospects with 2013 opening day age, position, and comments on each player. This is a collaborative effort and the final outcome does not mirror mine, Mikey’s, nor Spencer’s personal lists. Below the top 16 is a small list of additional notable names to keep an eye on. Enjoy. -Jonathan C. Mitchell
Filed under: On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: 2013 Top Prospects, Adrian Houser, Ariel Ovando, Asher Wojciechowski, Brady Rogers, Carlos Correa, Carlos Perez, Delino DeShields Jr., Domingo Santana, George Springer, Houston Astros, Jarred Cosart, Jeff Lunhow, Jonathan Singleton, Jonathan Villar, Lance McCullers, Lance McCullers Jr., Mike Foltynewicz, Nick Tropeano, Nolan Fontana, Prospects, Rio Ruiz, Robbie Grossman, Vincent Velasquez | 9 Comments »
Posted on June 5, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
With the first pick in the Major League Baseball first year player draft the Houston Astros select…
Most of us expected Stanford ace right-hander Mark Appel to be the name called here by commissioner Bud Selig and if it was not Appel it was surely going to be prep star Byron Buxton. In our open thread yesterday I wrote “After watching more video of Carlos Correa I think I would take him first overall if I were the Astros. Just me, though.” I then went on to tweet about how the Astros should blow up all of our mocks: (more…)
Filed under: Draft Coverage, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa, Houston Astros, Jeff Lunhow, Lance McCullers, Lance McCullers Jr., Lewis Brinson, Lucas Giolito, Mark Appel, Max Fried, Michael Wacha, MLB Draft, Prospects, Richie Shaffer, San Diego Padres, Travis Jankowski, Walker Weickel, Zach Eflin | Leave a Comment »
Posted on January 10, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Houston Astros are headed in a different direction. This was apparent when they acquired two of their top three prospects in trade last season via trade and filled out much of my top 16 with more players acquired in trade.
They now have Jeff Lunhow running the show and his approach to the game is much different than the old regimen and in a good way. The system is on the up-and-up and has three legitimate prospects sitting at the top and has built some depth after those three.
Below are my top 16 prospects with 2012 opening day age, position, and comments on each player. Below the top 16 is a small list of additional notable names. Enjoy.
Filed under: On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: 2012 Top Prospects, Adrian Houser, Ariel Ovando, Austin Wates, Brett Oberholtzer, Chase Davidson, Delino DeShields Jr., Domingo Santana, George Springer, Houston Astros, Jack Armstrong, Jarred Cosart, Jeff Lunhow, Jio Mier, Jonathan Singleton, Jonathan Villar, Kyle Weiland, Mike Foltynewicz, Nick Tropeano, Paul Clemens, Prospects, Ross Seaton, Telvin Nash | 2 Comments »