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Astros send Martes, Laureano to Minor League Camp

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Two of TCB’s top 10 Astros prospects cut from major league spring training camp.

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The Houston Astros announced on Saturday that the team has sent right-handed pitcher Francis Martes and outfielder Ramon Laureano to minor league camp. The Astros’ major league roster now has 47 players.

Martes, 21, appeared in four Spring Training games for the Astros. He allowed three earned runs on five hits over seven innings. Martes was 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA, striking out six and walking four.

Martes has shot up the Astros prospects rankings after being acquired in 2014 as a piece in the Jarred Cosart trade with the Marlins. He was 9-6 with a 3.30 ERA in 25 games (22 starts) with Double-A Corpus Christi in 2016.

Laureano, 22, batted .214 with two runs scored and a RBI in 14 at-bats in 15 Spring Training games. He drew three walks and struck out five times while collecting zero extra-base hits.

Laureano batted .319 (133x417) with 15 home runs and 73 RBIs in 116 games between High-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi in 2016.

Both players are ranked on the TCB Astros Top 30 Prospects list: Martes at No. 1 and Laureano at No. 8.