The Astros have named four coaches to the on-field staff and also announced two front office position changes.
There are still two more positions to fill, which according to Dave Zangaro of CSN Houston will happen in the next week.
Four coaches have been named and two front office positions have been filled. First the coaching staff:
I'm sure many are shocked to find Doug Brocail and Dave Clark still around considering those seem to be the two coaches Astros fans are the most dissatisfied with. But this probably says something about what we don't see, their coaching ability and how they handle players behind the scenes.
John Mallee has his own hitting site, and is a former hitting coach for the Florida Marlins. He was drafted in the 12th round of the 1991 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies and played only two seasons in the minors.
Dave Trembley has a much more extensive resume and it looks he'll be added as the bench coach. If his name sounds familiar it's probably because he was the manager of the Baltimore Orioles from 2007-2010. This is your AL experience on the coaching staff.
In the front office we find out from Brian McTaggart:
Astros have named former Major League outfielder Quinton McCracken as their new director of player development— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) October 19, 2012
Quinton McCracken is a former Major League outfielder who played 12 years in the Majors with six different teams. He previously served as assistant director of player development with the Arizona Diamondbacks. McCracken replaces Fred Nelson who has been offered an opportunity to stay with the team, but in a different capacity.
Also Allen Rowin has been promoted to assistant director of player development.
More reaction and analysis to come.