The Houston Astros major league camp is now down to 49 players after four more cuts earlier this week. The Astros have sent RHP Brady Rodgers, outfielder Andrew Aplin, LHP Reymin Guduan, and LHP Ashur Tolliver to minor league camp.
Rodgers, 26, is a product of Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated and was named the 2016 Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year with a 2.86 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP in 22 starts. He struck out 116 and walked 23 over 132 innings.
Rodgers appeared in four spring training games with the Astros, posting a 0-1 record with a 10.13 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP. He allowed 14 runs, all earned, on 15 hits, striking out three and walking seven over 8 1/3 innings.
Aplin, 25, appeared 12 spring training games in 2017. He batted. 111 (1x9) with two walks and two strikeouts. The 2012 5th round draft pick batted .223 (89x399) with 5 home runs and 32 RBIs in 116 games with Triple-A Fresno in 2016.
Guduan, 25, was 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA in five games. He struck out five and walked two over 4 2/3 innings.
Tolliver, 29, was 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in six spring training games. He allowed eight earned runs over 7 2/3 innings, striking out eight and walking two. Tolliver was acquired through waivers from the Angels in December.
These four moves make it clear the Astros are content to roll with Tony Sipp as the only left-handed reliever in the bullpen and Rodgers won’t be an option in the rotation to start the 2017 season.