Houston Astros Roster In 2014 Part 1: How All Of The Hitters Were Acquired
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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At the MLB Reports, we intend to show you the Roster Tree for the Houston Astros – and how they assembled their current roster for hitting and Pitching.
It will work in a six degrees of separation like format.
Once we figure out the origin of how many trades going back in time it takes to see where the tree started, it will be time to dissect how the team fared on the deals.
If a player has never left the organization at all, the tree will be easy – as it will just be the year they were drafted or signed.
Sometimes pitchers will be in the hitters part of the write-up and vice versa. This is simply done when one side of hitter or pitcher is dealt for each other.
Like how Dexter Fowler was acquired for Jordan Lyles.
So far the player to be named later that came with Fowler has not been revealed.
This may end up working for both clubs. Lyles looks great in Colorado, and with so many great youngsters coming in, Barnes was expendable.
Max Stassi (23) DH/C: Still with the team in the organization.
Brad Peacock (26) RP: Currently in Astros Bullpen for 2014.
This one is virtually now Berkman (who was never the same after leaving Houston) for Chris Carter.
Lowrie was part of that Melancon deal, and has fared well in Oakland, but I love Carter’s power (29 HRs last year).
Who else saw Melancon breaking out for the Pirates last year? He was brutal for the Red Sox.
Peacock is also in the Bullpen, and Stassi in the Minors. The Big Puma has since retired. you factor in Lowrie will probably go somewhere else after 2014, and this is a good deal.
Rob Rasmussen (25) SP: December.19, 2013: Traded by the Astros to the Dodgers for Joe Ely.
Lee only played a few months for the Marlins before retiring, so I would say this worked out fantastic. Dominguez clubbed 21 HRs and added 77 RBI in his 1st full year for Houston in 2013.
Colton Cain (23) SP: Still with the Corpus Christi (AA team) in 2014.
Rudy Owens (23) SP: With Oklahoma City Redbirds (AAA team) in 2014.
The Astros still had to eat a significant amount of Rodriguez’s salary, but when your team payroll is not hurtful, then who cares.
Grossman has struggled in 2014 – after faring much better in 2013.
Rodriguez has gone 11 – 10, with a 3.81 ERA for Pittsburgh so far, but has been hurt for the greaterlast part of a calendar year.
Josh Hader (19): Played in A Ball in 2013 for the Astros.
Bud Norris was a solid contributor to the Astros for several years, but Hoes can play too. He is cheaper, under team control for way longer.
Norris is 4 – 4, with a 5.17 ERA thus far in Baltimore. Hoes has a .729 OPS in 180 AB for his Houston Career thus far.
Marco Duarte (27) SP: Duarte hasn’t played for the BoSox in the Majors. 2011/12/08, Selected by the Houston Astros from the Colorado Rockies in the Rule 5 Minor League Draft.
Gonzalez is a good utility guy for a guy that is not in the MLB yet is good. He has only mustered a .226/.264/.320 slash line with the Astros in parts of 3 seasons.
Too early to tell on this one, although you have to like the power potential from Guzman.
J.A. Happ (31) SP: July 20, 2012: Traded by the Houston Astros with David Carpenter and Brandon Lyon to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named later, Asher Wojciechowski (minors), Carlos Perez (minors), David Rollins (minors), Joseph Musgrove (minors), Francisco Cordero and Ben Francisco. The Toronto Blue Jays sent Kevin Comer (minors) (August 16, 2012) to the Houston Astros to complete the trade.
Ben Francisco (32): OF: August 31, 2012: Traded by the Houston Astros to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later. The Tampa Bay Rays sent T.J. Geith (minors) (September 21, 2012) to the Houston Astros to complete the trade.
Asher Wojciechowski (25 SP): Started 21 Games for AAA Oklahoma last year.
Carlos Perez (23) C: Will start the year Catching for the AAA Redbirds.
David Rollins (24) SP: Has started one game for Corpus Christi in 2014 already.
Joseph Musgrove (21) RP/SP; Played in the Rookie League Gulfport for Houston last year.
Brett Wallace (27) 1B: March 12, 2014: Released by the Houston Astros. He held a .242/.313/.391 slash line of the Astros, with 29 HRs and 102 RBI in 971 AB.
Gose is .240/.294/.361 with 19 SB with Toronto, but he is hardly worth missing for Houston, even if they don’t have an asset anymore for the deal.
Kevin Comer (21) SP/RP: Played last year in the New York Penn League For Tri-City.
Theron Geith (T.J) (24) RP: He played 13 games for Corpus Christi.
J.A. Happ is 8 – 9, with a 4.60 ERA for the Jays thus far. Carpenter is a nice bullpen arm, but never did this with Toronto.
Ben Francisco hasn’t amounted to much since departing, and Brandon Lyon keeps team jumping with bad results.
Francisco Cordero hasn’t returned to the MLB yet either.
Meanwhile you have 7 pieces in your Minor League System.. Not bad. Losing Oswalt was hard, but not having to see him struggle in your uniform ever is a good thing.
Bobby Borchering (23) 1B/OF: This guy has had some AB for Quad Cities of the Midwest League.
This one doesn’t look so great for the Astros with Johnson almost chasing down a NL Batting title last year. At least it wasn’t for the D’Backs.
Jonathan Singleton (22) 1B/LF: July 29, 2011: Acquired by the Houston Astros with Jarred Cosart and Josh Zeid. plus a player to be named later from the Philadelphia Phillies for Hunter Pence, and cash. Philadelphia Phillies sent Domingo Santana (minors) (August 15, 2011) to the Houston Astros to complete the trade.
Is one of the best players in Houston’s system and is ranked the 57th Best prospect in baseball by Baseball America.
Josh Zied (27) RP: posted a 3.90 ERA in 27.2 IP with the Astros last year, but has started with the AAA team based on the Relief Core Depth.
Domingo Santiago (21) OF: Hit 25 HRs and drove in 64 RBI at Corpus Christi this year. Starts the year in AAA this campaign.
Jarred Cosart (23) SP: Has a 2.28 ERA in 12 Game Starts for the Astros. You will have to read up more about him in the Pitchers side of the Roster Tree later this week.
This is a great deal for Houston considering Philly traded him a year later.
All of the transactions data came from the best website on the planet of http://www.baseballreference.com
Join us in a few days when we will feature part 2 of this write-up, the pitchers.
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