HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have set their preliminary 2013 minor league rosters for four of their affiliates, Triple A Oklahoma City, Double A Corpus Christi, Class A Advanced Lancaster and Class A Quad Cities. The announcement was made by Astros Director of Player Development Quinton McCracken.  These rosters are subject to change and will not be officially finalized until the minor league Opening Day. Rosters do not include Disabled List players. "/>

Astros set Minor League rosters

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have set their preliminary 2013 minor league rosters for four of their affiliates, Triple A Oklahoma City, Double A Corpus Christi, Class A Advanced Lancaster and Class A Quad Cities. The announcement was made by Astros Director of Player Development Quinton McCracken. 

These rosters are subject to change and will not be officially finalized until the minor league Opening Day. Rosters do not include Disabled List players. 

Oklahoma City:

 

PITCHERS

Kevin Chapman*

Jose Cisnero

Paul Clemens

Jarred Cosart

John Ely

C.J. Fick

Dallas Keuchel*

Jordan Lyles

Wes Musick*

Brett Oberholtzer*

Rudy Owens*

Jose Valdez

Josh Zeid

 

CATCHERS

Cody Clark

Jason Jaramillo#

Chris Wallace

 

INFIELDERS

Jake Elmore

Marc Krauss*

Brandon Laird

Jose Martinez

Jonathan Villar#

 

OUTFIELDERS

Trevor Crowe#

Jake Goebbert*

Robbie Grossman#

Che-Hsuan Lin

Jimmy Paredes#

 

* - denotes left-hander

# - denotes switch-hitter

 

 

Corpus Christi:

 

PITCHERS

Ruben Alaniz

Jake Buchanan

Jorge De Leon

Bobby Doran

Matt Heidenreich

David Martinez

Andrew Robinson

Ross Seaton

Alex Sogard*

Jason Stoffel

Nick Tropeano

Pat Urckfitz*

Asher Wojciechowski

 

CATCHERS

Rene Garcia

Ryan McCurdy

Carlos Perez

 

INFIELDERS

Erik Castro*

Enrique Hernandez

Jonathan Meyer

Jiovanni Mier

Ben Orloff

 

OUTFIELDERS

Michael Burgess*

Domingo Santana

George Springer

Austin Wates

 

 

Lancaster:

 

PITCHERS

Travis Ballew

Luis Cruz*

Chris Devenski

Jonas Dufek

Mike Foltynewicz

T.J. Geith*

Alex Gillingham

Tyson Perez

Carlos Quevedo

Brady Rodgers

David Rollins*

Tommy Shirley*

Blair Walters*

Aaron West

 

CATCHERS

M.P. Cokinos

Tyler Heineman#

 

INFIELDERS

Delino DeShields

Matt Duffy

Nolan Fontana*

Zach Johnson

Raoul Torrez

Rafael Valenzuela*

 

OUTFIELDERS

Andrew Aplin*

Chris Epps*

Brandon Meredith

Andrew Muren*

Preston Tucker

 

 

Quad Cities:

 

PITCHERS

Joe Bircher*

Colton Cain*

Kyle Hallock*

Mike Hauschild

Brian Holmes*

Jordan Jankowski

Cameron Lamb

Mitchell Lambson*

Lance McCullers

Daniel Minor

John Neely

Gera Sanchez

Vincent Velasquez

 

CATCHERS

Jobduan Morales#

Roberto Pena

 

INFIELDERS

Carlos Correa

Chase Davidson*

Ryan Dineen*

Carlos Perdomo

Rio Ruiz*

Joe Sclafani#

Jesse Wierzbicki

 

OUTFIELDERS

Teoscar Hernandez

Terrell Joyce

Ariel Ovando*

Jordan Scott*

 

Climbing the Charts :

Last season, the Astros domestic minor league clubs posted the best combined winning percentage among all 30 MLB organizations after posting the worst winning percentage in both 2010 and 2011...three of Houston's affiliates were playoff bound in 2012 (Corpus Christi Hooks, Lancaster JetHawks, Tri-City ValleyCats) with the JetHawks winning their first ever California League Championship...the ValleyCats reached the New York-Penn League Championship Series for the second time in the last three years, while the Hooks regular season record of 81-59 was the best in franchise history...the Rookie Level Greeneville Astros, which is owned and operated by the Houston Astros, led the Appalachian League in attendance for the ninth consecutive season. 

The Prospects :

In early February, Keith Law of ESPN.com ranked the Astros farm system as the fourth best in baseball after ranking the club 27th in 2012...Baseball America tabbed the Astros system at No. 9 among the 30 clubs in their 2013 Prospect Handbook...Included in BA's Top 100 Prospects list were IF Carlos Correa, IF Jonathan Singleton, OF George Springer, RHP Lance McCullers and IF Delino DeShields...11 of the Astros top 20 prospects, according to MLB.com, were acquired by GM Jeff Luhnow over the last eight months...Baseball Prospectus also listed the Astros at No. 9 in their farm system rankings released last week (the Astros were listed at No. 26 last year). 

The Accolades :

There were 31 Astros prospects who were named All-Stars in their respective leagues across all eight levels of the minors in 2012...RHP Mike Foltynewicz, who spent the year at Class A Lexington, was named the South Atlantic League's Most Outstanding Pitcher...2012 Astros Minor League Player of the Year Delino DeShields became the first minor league player in the modern era to steal over 100 bases and hit over 10 home runs...the Astros 2012 eighth round draft pick out of UCLA, C Tyler Heineman, was the New York-Penn League batting champion after hitting .358 with Class A Short Season Tri-City...Corpus Christi Hooks manager Keith Bodie was named the 2012 Texas League Manager of the Year. 

New PDC :

This offseason, the Astros and Quad Cities River Bandits signed a new Player Development Contract that will run through the 2014 season...Quad Cities was the Class A affiliate for Houston from 1993-98, during which time the River Bandits had three first-place finishes in a four-year stretch (1995-98).