The Astros first spring training cuts were announced this morning. The cuts included some good young players who have a good chance to help the team down the line.
#Astros officially reassign four players to minor league camp:— Houston Astros (@astros) March 11, 2016
IF Alex Bregman
IF J.D. Davis
OF Derek Fisher
OF Jon Kemmer
Shortstop Alex Bregman, who the Astros selected number two overall in the 2015 draft, is the team's number one prospect. He played in six games this spring, going 1-for-10 in those games. With the way the Astros are moving him through the system, it looks like next spring he may be positioned for a spot on the MLB club.
Third Base prospect J.D. Davis was drafted in the third round in 2014 and spent last season in Lancaster. He went 2-for-5 this spring and scored a run. It will be interesting to see if the power Davis showed in the Cal League translates to the next level.
Derek Fisher, who almost went to the Phillies in the Ken Giles deal, had one hit this spring in seven at-bats, but that one hit was a homer. He also picked up a stolen base in his time with the big league club.
Jon Kemmer, who was the Texas League's top hitter last season, went 1-for-11 in his six spring games. Kemmer is the number 21 ranked prospect in the organization.
These four will take their experience over to the minor league camp to get ready for their MiLB season. It was fun to get a glimpse of these future Astros playing alongside the members of the big club, even for a short period of time. We will probably be discussing these guys as being in the mix in the near future.