The Houston Astros' minor league system is one of the best in major league baseball. Success in building a quality minor league system leads to players being lost along the way to waiver claims and a trades. That fact hits homes again as the Chicago White Sox have claimed RHP Juan Minaya and the Astros have traded Eury Pérez for cash considerations to the Tampa Rays this week.
The #WhiteSox have claimed right-handed pitcher Juan Minaya off waivers from Houston. He will be assigned to Class AAA Charlotte.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) June 22, 2016
Minaya, 25, was is 1-3 with a 3.91 ERA in 17 appearances this season with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies. Minaya posted a 2.80 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 54.2 innings between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno in 2015. He has battled the injury bug in 2016, he went on the seven-day disabled list in the last 30 days.
Minaya had been in the Astros system since 2009 as an international free agent.
Pérez, 26, signed with the Astros on January 1, 2016, as a minor league free agent. Pérez batted .267 (36x135) with 36 runs scored, two home runs, 16 RBIs, five walks, and 25 strikeouts in 52 games with the Triple-A Fresno.