KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Astros swapped their coaching staffs for Friday's game against the Cardinals, with the Major League coaches working a Minor League game on the back fields and the coaches from Double-A Corpus Christi, Class A Lexington and Class A Quad Cities working the Major League game against St. Louis. The Triple-A staff has been in Major League camp for most of the spring.
The idea came from manager Bo Porter, who managed the Major League game against the Cardinals while bench coach Eduardo Perez, first-base coach Dave Clark, third-base coach Dave Trembley, hitting coach John Mallee, pitching coach Doug Brocail and bullpen coach Dennis Martinez worked on the Minor League side.
"One of the biggest things in your organization is your ability to properly evaluate your own players," Porter said. "We see this as an opportunity to allow our Minor League staff that was not in big league camp, it gives them an opportunity to come over and throw batting practice to Major League hitters, coach a Major League game, see our players, see other team's players. When they're now charged with doing reports, they have a recent comparable."
The Minor League games are played at the same time as the Major League games, so it's difficult for the Major League staff to see any of the Minor League players and vice versa.
"It was something that I talked to Eduardo [Perez] and [general manager] Jeff [Luhnow] and the rest of the staff and [director of player development] Quinton McCracken and [field director] Paul Runge about, and I ran it by all of them and they were like, 'No, it sounds like a great idea.' I felt it was something that needed to happen at some point this spring and it made the most sense to do it today."