Astros to send seven to Arizona Fall League

Astros to send seven to Arizona Fall League

HOUSTON -- The Astros will send seven players to the Arizona Fall League: left-hander Patrick Urckfitz, center fielder T.J. Steele, first baseman Koby Clemens, right-handers Matt Nevarez, Sergio Perez and Kyle Greenwalt and outfielder J.B. Shuck.

Houston's contingent will be assigned to the Peoria Javelinas in Peoria, Ariz., with play beginning Oct. 12.

Clemens, the son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, is hitting .246 with 24 homers and 80 RBIs at Double-A Corpus Christi this year.

"He's had a good year and we'll continue to get him at-bats," said Astros assistant general manager/director of player development Ricky Bennett. "One thing I want him to do is work on using the whole field. At times this year he got pull happy, and I want him to use the whole field and work on his swing and going the other way."

Urckfitz, who is 4-3 with a 4.13 ERA at Class A Lancaster, will be used primarily out of the bullpen. Steele is a fleet-footed outfielder who appeared in only 67 games at Double-A Corpus Christi because of an injury. The Astros want him to get about 100 at-bats in Arizona.

Nevarez, who is 2-1 with a 3.53 ERA at Corpus Christi, will be sent to Arizona to work on his mechanics, and Perez will need extra innings after injuries slowed him at Corpus Christi and Triple-A Round Rock. Greenwalt is 8-6 with a 5.92 ERA in 25 starts at Lancaster, and Shuck hit a combined .300 at Double-A and Triple-A.