Between March 13 and 16, nine players were sent down to minor league Spring Training camp. Most of the names weren't a surprise. All are very promising prospects and anyone of them could have made the Opening Day roster had there been a weird series of injuries caused by the baseball gods taking revenge on the Astros for their excessive use of the shift.
Brooks and I were lucky enough to see most of the players sent down this past weekend (Domingo Santana, Luis Cruz, and Luis Flores were sent down the day before we got to Kissimmee). Of the group Michael Feliz impressed us and the Atlanta Braves fan sitting behind us, the most. He had a dominating inning of relief Saturday night, lighting up the stadium gun with fastballs that ranged 97-99 MPH.
Here are the details on the cuts from the past several days:
Domingo Santana, Luis Cruz among Astros' first cuts of spring training - The Crawfish Boxes
Three young players sent to the minors in the first round of cuts.
Michael Feliz, Ronald Torreyes among four cut from Astros spring training - The Crawfish Boxes
Feliz, Torreyes, Rodgers and Velasquez all head to minors.
Jordan Jankowski and Joe Sclafani cut from Astros Spring Training - The Crawfish Boxes
The Astros make more cuts on the road to a 25-man roster.
The next round of cuts are likely to be more prospects. Carlos Correa, Colin Moran, Mark Appel are just some of the top prospects still left in camp. There chances of making the Opening Day roster are about as slim as you can get. After all the prospects are back down in the minor league camp the real tough decisions will need to be made. Jake Marisnick or Robbie Grossman? Roberto Hernandez or Asher Wojciechowski? Joe Thatcher or Will Harris or both or neither? Stay tuned. Astros Spring Training is just starting to heat up in Kissimmee