Danry Vasquez is no longer in the Houston Astros minor league system as of Wednesday night. The Astros released the 23-year-old outfield prospect after an affidavit detailed an exchange captured on surveillance video between him and girlfriend in a stairwell at Whataburger Field -- home of the Astros' Double-A affiliate Corpus Christi Hooks. The news was first reported by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.
The affidavit outlined that Vasquez struck his girlfriend three times, knocking off her glasses and making her stumble down the stairs -- per the report. Vasquez also threatened a Hooks employee after the incident when it was discovered on the surveillance video. Vasquez was arrested on Aug. 4 on a warrant on suspicion of the assault and he was released on $10,000 bail the following day.
The Astros released a statement on Tuesday:
"The Astros are aware of the incident involving minor league player Danry Vasquez and are in full cooperation with the Corpus Christi Police Department. Vasquez was immediately placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball pending completion of both their investigation and the criminal investigation. The Houston Astros and all of our affiliates, including the Corpus Christi Hooks, are governed by and strongly support MLB's domestic violence policy. We take this allegation very seriously, and have taken swift response as we do not condone violence in our organization.
"We fully support the Commissioner's Office and have confidence that MLB's investigation will provide a resolution in a timely manner. The Astros are disappointed that this allegation is attached to a member of our organization - we have no further comment on this case until the investigations are complete."
A day after placing Vasquez on indefinite leave, the Astros released Vasquez and issued a second statement:
"The Astros have released minor league player Danry Vasquez effective immediately and upon MLB's ruling today. We are appreciative of MLB's commitment to take timely action and for the diligence of the Corpus Christi PD in pursuing their investigation.
"We appreciate the ruling today as it supports our firm intention to terminate Danry's association with our club. We will continue to cooperate with Corpus Christi PD as they complete their investigation."