Only a week ago the Houston Astros promoted one of their top prospects, Mark Appel, to Corpus Christi.
— Houston Astros (@astros) August 4, 2014
The Astros also announced the promotion of Brett Phillips.
Brett Phillips has really put together a good season. He is hitting for power and stealing bases while playing good defense in the outfield. He’s definitely a prospect to keep your eye out on, and I am really excited to see what he does in Lancaster.
Ruben Sosa, Andrew Aplin, and Luis Cruz were also all promoted to AAA affiliate Oklahoma City Redhawks. Cruz was added to the 40-man roster last offseason to avoid being plucked away in last year’s Rule 5 Draft.
The 23-year old lefty, Cruz dominated the Texas League, finishing with a 3.14 ERA in 100.1 innings, including striking out 92 batters. He will be on a long list of candidates for the 2015 starting rotation.
We expected several promotions once the trade deadline passed, and it appears we have seen most of them. There will likely be a few more as the season goes on, but this was the big “promotion day” we had all been waiting for!