‘Cat Watch: Astros set preliminary Minor League rosters

The Houston Astros have released their preliminary 2011 Minor League rosters for their four long-season affiliates. Many former ‘Cats are scattered throughout the list. I’ve broken each team down listing just former ValleyCats.

The rosters below are subject to change and will not be officially finalized until MiLB  Opening Day on April 7th.

Class-A Lexington Legends

Jason Chowning (’10)
Jorge De Leon (’10)
Murilo Gouvea (’10)
David Martinez (’10)
Carlos Quevedo (’10)
Alex Sogard (’10)
Brian Streilein (’10)

Chris Wallace (’10)

Tyler Burnett (’10)
Kike Hernandez (’10)
Mike Kvasnicka (’10)
Jhonny Medrano (’09)
Telvin Nash (’10)
Ben Orloff (’09-’10)

Daniel Adamson (’10)
Adam Bailey (’10)

Class-A Lancaster Jethawks

Wander Alvino (’09)
Jake Buchanan (’10)
Bobby Donovan (’09)
Bobby Doran (’10)
Zach Grimmett (’09)
Michael Ness (’10)
Colt Pitkin (’09)
James Robinson (’10)

Rene Garcia (’09)
Ben Heath (’10)

Jose Altuve (’09)
Erik Castro (’09)
Jacob Goebbert (’09)
Austin Wates (’10)

Class-AA Corpus Christi Hooks:

David Berner (’09)
Kyle Greenwalt (’08)
Dallas Keuchel (’09)
Shane Wolf (’08)

David Flores (’08)
Andrew Simunic (’08)
Wladimir Sutil (’05)
Jimmy VanOstrand (’06)
Brandon Wikoff (’09)

Brandon Barnes (’07)
Jon Gaston (’08)
J.D. Martinez (’09)
T.J. Steele (’08)

Class-AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks

Douglas Arguello (’05-’06)
Jordan Lyles (’08)

Koby Clemens (’05)
Tommy Manzella (’05)

Brian Bogusevic (’05-’06)
Collin DeLome (’07)
J.B. Shuck (’08)


A few things worth noting:

-J.B. Shuck was one of the final cuts from the Astros Major League roster, and could see playing time with the big club at some point this season.

-You’ll notice that 2010 ‘Cats Jake Buchanan, Bobby Doran, Mike Ness, James Robinson, Ben Heath and Austin Wates all skipped a level. Not that you can read into this too much, since a lot has to do with making sure each player gets their fair share of playing time, but it could mean the Astros are pretty high on these guys…and rightfully so.

-You may notice that there are some guys missing that played with the ‘Cats in 2010 including Joan Belliard, Travis Blankenship, Adam Champion, Ryan Cole, Ryan McCurdy, Jacke Healey, Garrett Bullock, Oscar Figueroa and Marcus Nidiffer. We know for sure that Nidiffer was cut and picked up by the Anaheim Angels organization. The others will most likely stay back in Kissimmee for Extended Spring Training and be assigned to a team at a later date. One or two of them might even end up back with Tri-City in June. When the official Extended Spring Training roster is released, I’ll be sure to post it.

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