Jul 13, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Houston Astros left fielder J.D. Martinez (14) works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros Make Many Moves Across The Organization


With the season inching ever so close, the Houston Astros have made many player-related moves across the organization.

We’ll start with the (in)famous J.D. Martinez.

The 20th-rounder in the 2009 MLB Draft, Martinez had a successful start to his career in Houston before everything went downhill. There will be several teams calling for his services in hopes the 26-year old can revive his career. Martinez was fun to watch in his early days in Houston, but there’s no longer room for him here. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow calls him “a victim of our own success” and he’s right.

The Astros also sent down Darin Downs, Japhet Amador, and Gregorio Petit to Triple-A OKC. We will see if the Astros keep Amador in the organization or simply return him to his former team in Mexico.

Mar 3, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Peter Moylan (58) throws during a game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 3, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Peter Moylan (58) throws during a game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Alex White, Jesse Crain, Asher Wojciechowski, and Peter Moylan are all expected to start the season on the DL. Moylan may need Tommy John surgery which would effectively end his season.

The Astros are still at 28 players in camp even with all those moves. The Astros still have to figure out their final two spots in the rotation, their closer, and their utility players. Expect more announcements over the next few days.

We’re still not done with the moves. The Astros cleaned out the closet in the Minor Leagues and got rid of several players. P Joe Bircher, Gerardo Sanchez, C Ernesto Genoves, INF Jesse Wierzbicki, and INF Brandon Wikoff were all released this morning.

Charles Basford, Ryan Dineen, and Kenny Long were also given their release earlier this weekend.

Last week, the Astros also released the following players: P Ryan Connolly, P Euris Quezada, P Blair Walters, P Zach Dando, P Alex Gillingham, P Kyle Hallock, INF Parker Hipp, INF Jean Batista, and 3B Angel Ibanez.

I was a bit surprised to see Long, Gillingham, Hallock, and Batista let go. They all seemed to have some sort of upside and I would have liked to have given them another shot this season. The 25-year old Long was a big part of the Lancaster bullpen but struggled in Corpus Christi. Gillingham was acquired in the Wilton Lopez deal and only pitched 8 innings last season. Hallock was a 10th-round pick in the 2011 Draft, but amassed a 6.73 ERA across four levels in the Astros system last season. Batista was an international signing a few years ago and has yet to put things together. He’s still just 22, and should find work elsewhere.

All these minor leaguers would have been average MiLB’ers for the Astros a few seasons ago. Now, they are the scraps the Astros have chosen to get rid of. This is just another proof that Jeff Luhnow is right.

“We are a victim of our own success.”

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