The Houston Astros have set the preliminary 2014 minor league roster for the Class A Short Season Tri-City ValleyCats. The announcement was made by Astros Director of Player Development Quinton McCracken.
The roster is subject to change and will not be officially finalized until the club begins league play. Tri-City is scheduled to begin their season tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. CT).
The Astros signed six more of their 2014 draft selections today, and they have all been assigned to Tri-City. Those players areRHP Derick Velazquez (7th round), LHP Bryan Radziewski (9th round), RHP Jay Gause (10th round), C Jamie Ritchie (13th round), IF Nick Tanielu (14th round) and IF Alex Hernandez (40th round). The Astros have signed 14 of their 40 selections from the 2014 MLB Draft.
Last year, Tri-City won the New York-Penn League Championship after finishing the regular season with their second consecutive division title. The ValleyCats have won the New York-Penn League Championship twice in the last four seasons and have made the championship series in three of those four years.