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Short Season Opening Night

Our two short season affiliates, freshly stocked with players from the recent June draft, and armed with others ready to graduate from our academies in the Dominican and in Venezuela, begin their 2-1/2 month schedules this evening.

Greeneville--the only Astros affiliate not to make the playoffs in 2006--hosts the Johnson City Cardinals. G-ville has not yet named their starter as I write.

Meanwhile, Tri-City, who played for the New York-Penn League championship in '06, visits the Vermont Lake Monsters. Colt Adams--only 1 - 1 with an 11.77 in 10 games for Greeneville a year ago--starts the season for the ValleyCats.

I have to imagine he has impressed in the extended spring.

The Greeneville roster contains three players who spent some time with the club last year. Only one player with Tri-City--third baseman Brandon Caipen--played for the V-Cats last year.

Note that our top two picks are still not on roster, with our third round selection, David Dietrich, and our fourth round pick, Brett Eibner, still unsigned.

Collin Delome, from Lamar University, will be the highest draft pick playing tonight, starting in the outfield somewhere I'm sure for our NY-Penn affiliate.

In all, 26 draft picks of the 42 selected will suit up tonight, 9 for Greeneville, and 17 for Tri-City.

No-one is making the jump from an overseas academy to Short A, while six players jump from the Dominican Republic to Greeneville, and four jump from Venezuela to our Rookie affiliate.

2007 Greeneville Astros Roster
Num Name Pos Bats Thw 2006/
June Pick
23 Fernando Abad P L L DSL Astros
3 Drew Anderson IF R R #681
6 Leandro Cespedes P R R DSL Astros
19 Edwin Ciriaco P L L DSL Astros
25 Andrew Darnell OF R R Greeneville
29 Jose Duran P R R DSL Astros
16 Pedro Gonzalez C L R VSL Astros
15 Axel Gonzalez OF R R ---
10 Timothy Johnson SS R R Greeneville
35 Andrew Launier 1B R R ---
7 Arcenio Leon P R R VSL Astros
26 Kyle Miller C R R #651
5 Antonio Noguera P L L VSL Astros
28 Rafeal Parks OF R R ---
13 Reinaldo Pestana C R R Greeneville
40 Agustin Pinales P R R DSL Astros
27 Jared Pitts OF R R #861
34 Jordan Powell P R R #1067
21 Mason Roberts P R R #531
14 Brett Robinson P R R #831
20 Ebert Rosario 3B R R DSL Astros
8 Philip Stringer SS R R #741
24 Christopher Turner OF S R #1260
4 Guillermo Urbina P L L VSL Astros
12 Brian Wabick P R R #1038
2007 Tri-City ValleyCats Roster
Num Name Pos Bats Throws 2006/
June Pick
44 Colt Adams P R R Greeneville
15 Brandon Barnes OF R R Greeneville
34 Anthony Bello P L L Greeneville
24 Steve Brown OF R R Greeneville
7 Brandon Caipen 3B R R G-ville/TC
4 Kevin Carkeek C R R #771
6 Craig Corrado 1B R R #441
13 Cirilo Cruz 3B R R Greeneville
14 Matthew Cusick 2B L R #321
5 Collin DeLome OF L R #171
22 David Dixon 2B L R #231
19 Jason Dominguez P R R #951
41 Brian Espersen P R R #561
8 Catlin Everett SS S R #1312
25 Jonathan Fixler C R R #591
17 Kevin Fox P L L Greeneville
10 Chris Frye OF R R ---
18 Charles Gamble 3B R R #711
27 Danny Gil P R R #921
36 Bryan Hallberg P R R Lexington
12 Sal Iacono C R R #801
21 Jeff Icenogle P L L ---
31 Carlos Ladeuth P R R Greeneville
20 Robert Leonhardt P R R #1124
26 David Miller P L R #980
28 Luis Pardo P R R #291
33 Brian Pellegrini OF R R #381
16 Ronald Ramirez IF R R G-ville/Lex
23 Travis Sweet OF R R #891
3 Cardoza Tucker P R R ---
32 Thomas Vessella P R L Greeneville