Saturday, July 21, 2012

Houston & White Sox Stay Active


 By Corey R. Cunningham
Yet another post about the Houston Astros, as they continue to pursue depth for their minor league rosters. Yesterday, I posted the Astros and Blue Jays made a 10 player deal, again today, Houston acquired two more minor league players for RHP Brett Myers.
I had written in my post yesterday, the deal which the Astros acquired RHP Francisco Cordero would be good to get Brett Myers back in the starting rotation, however looks as if I was wrong and the Astros had no intentions in doing so, yet looks as if Cordero will get the closer role going forward now with no competition.
The Astros picked up RHP Matthew Heidenreich from AA Birmingham with a 1-2 record, 5.89 ERA, 18 IP, 12 ER, and a 1.75 WHIP. They also picked up South Paw Blair Walters from High-A Winston-Salem, with a 1-3 record, 7.01 ERA, 25 IP, 20 ER, and a 1.63 WHIP. Walters started the year at Low A Kannapolis getting promoted to High A, where in Kannapolis he had a 3-3 record, with a 2.88 ERA, and a 1.097 WHIP, looks as if he is struggling to say the least in his promotion.
The White Sox continue to add quality depth at such a low expense, as they are on record for only owing Brett Myers $1MM, of his $4.45MM still owed to him this year. Myers will add much needed depth in the bullpen for the Sox and could pick up a spot start or two going forward, barring any injury. Myers has an 0-4 record, with a 3.52 ERA, 20 K, and 19 S this season.
Not sure what to expect from Houston going forward, as I did write yesterday, they have several young players that could contribute going forward, and some young prospects awaiting in the spotlight down in the minors, as I forgot to mention yesterday, coming to Houston with Jonathan Singleton was P Jarred Cosart who is currently sitting at AA Corpus Christi with a 4-5 record, 3.86 ERA, 79 IP and a 1.45 WHIP. Cosart had pitched one game at AAA Oklahoma City this year, however got hit hard in 6 IP, giving up 10 H, and 4 ER.
Houston could be the sleeper team the Tampa Bay Rays put out a couple years ago, as they were once the joke of the league, or they could be the Baltimore Orioles of baseball who continue to rush their young prospects up to the majors.
Trade grade:
Houston: D
Chicago: B+

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