The organization, which sent prospects Luis Bryan and Robert Bono to Florida in Wednesday's deal to acquire Matt Lindstrom, lost two players off the Double-A Corpus Christi roster in the Minor League phase of the Rule 5 Draft: outfielder Nick Moresi and right-hander Jose Duran.
Moresi, selected in the third round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, hit a combined .233 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs between Class A Lancaster and Corpus Christi. The Astros have emerging outfield depth in the organization with Jay Austin, Jack Shuck, Jon Gaston and T.J. Steele, so losing Moresi wasn't a huge disappointment.
"He can run and play all three outfield positions, but he's not much of a power guy," assistant general manager Ricky Bennett said. "But he's a good defensive player and can run the bases."
Duran, 24, went 2-5 with an 8.06 ERA in 27 games at Lancaster last season.
"He's a good kid and has a very good arm and was very inconsistent with his command, especially with his fastball," Bennett said. "He's got some upside, so it wasn't a surprise."
The Astros were pleased they didn't lose outfielder Drew Locke, who they acquired in last year's Rule 5 Draft. Locke hit .338 with 20 homers and 109 RBIs last season at Corpus Christi.
"There were some rumblings that Drew Locke is a guy some folks have an interest in when you look at his numbers," Bennett said. "He had a good year last year from that standpoint."
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less