I was very glad when the Astros announced that the Lancaster Jethawks of the California League would be their new A-Advanced affiliate. Lancaster’s just an hour away from my house, and I will finally be able to get out and see some Astros farmhands in person on a somewhat regular basis.
The one player I’d hoped for was Chia-Jen Lo, the Astros’ first Taiwanese player. Many have said he may well be the closer of the future. Well, the assignments were announced today and I got my wish. Along with Lo, there are several other Jethawks I’m looking forward to seeing in person:
C Koby Clemens: Yes, the former third baseman. Yes, the son of that Clemens.
C Jason Castro: Last year’s #10 overall pick and the savior of choice for many desperate Astros fans
2B Marcos Cabral: Make-or-break season. Cabral went .289/.374/.402 in 2007 in Class A Hagerstown for Florida; last year, mixed results in the Toronto system
LHP Shane Wolf: 1.328 WHIP and 7.4 K/9 last year with Tri-City
LHP David Duncan: No, not that Dave Duncan…
OF T.J. Steele: One of the top ten names in baseball, right behind Hiram Bocachica (is he still around?)
OF Brian Pellegrini: Showed really good power in Lexington last year (.226/.331/.503).