Astros Minor League Open Thread

Since there is no big league game tonight, I thought it'd be nice to have an open thread on the minor league games. I've been too swamped this past week to catch up on how guys have been doing, but hopefully will have something on the minors for Wednesday. Until then, let's talk the draft, the minors or anything else you've got on your mind.

Games for Monday:

 

Las Vegas 51s (19-25) at Round Rock Express (19-24)

Wesley Wright, LHP (2-0, 4.20 ERA) vs. Marty McLeary, RHP (0-2, 9.00 ERA)

Midland RockHounds (20-23) at Corpus Christi Hooks (21-22)

Carlos Hernandez, LHP (3-0, 1.98 ERA) vs. Jeremy Johnson, RHP (0-3, 4.98 ERA)

High Desert Mavericks (26-18) at Lancaster JetHawks (15-28)

Ryan Feierabend, LHP (0-1, 5.31 ERA) vs. Shane Wolf, RHP (3-2, 4.15 ERA)

Lexington Legends at West Virginia Power

Juan Minaya, RHP (0-5, 6.19 ERA) vs. Nathan Baker, LHP (2-3, 3.99 ERA)

I'll also take this opportunity to pimp Andy Seiler's Draft Notebook. Just got a preview of the one I bought and MLB Bonus Baby's excellent content did not disappoint. Seiler has graciously allowed me to reproduce some of the content here, but if you want to read about all the players the Astros draft come June 6th, you'll have to buy one yourself (which I recommend).

Here's what he had to say about UT-Arlington outfielder Michael Choice, who has been linked to the Astros in at least one mock draft:

 

Michael Choice Position: OF School: UT-Arlington State: TX Year: Jr. Height: 6’1’’ Weight: 215

Bats: R Throws: R Birth Date: 11/10/89 Seiler Rating: 1B2 Last Drafted: Never

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG
2008 50 197 39 74 9 3 7 51 8 0 21 35 .376 .440 .558
2009 56 225 64 93 13 3 11 52 5 3 29 30 .413 .494 .644
2010 56 183 62 70 10 1 16 57 12 4 71 49 .383 .568 .710

 

Michael Choice is a solidly-built college outfielder from the University of Texas at Arlington. Choice came

to UTA from Timberview High School in Mansfield, Texas, just south of Arlington. He wasn’t even really

recruited, though he was more than walk-on at UTA. He started immediately once arriving on campus,

and he hasn’t given up his center fielder’s job since, starting every single game since his freshman year.

He hit immediately, too, though it wasn’t until a successful stint with Team USA last summer that he

really began to be noticed on the national stage. A monster year as a junior has only elevated his status

as a potential big-time bat, and the tools, seen as fringy before the spring, started to receive more

favorable ratings as the season went on. His best tools involve his bat, as he’s an above-average hitter

with plus-plus raw power, and his speed rates as above-average, as well, giving him big offensive

potential. He’s a little more raw as a fielder, and the majority of scouts think he’ll shift over to a corner

outfield spot as a pro, as his range is more average than true center field range, and his arm is solid-

average. He has the potential to be an all-star player due to his bat, and while he’s not a huge ceiling

player, he’s a solid first round option, and he could go in the upper half of the first round and sign for

slot money.

Much, much more in this great preview. Go out, get it and let's bask in what will be a very well-informed MLB draft.
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