Sixteen Astros granted Minor League Free Agency


A total of 537 minor league players, including 16 Astros, were granted Free agency on Wednesday. The complete list can be found at the Baseball America website. The biggest names on the Astros list have to be Koby Clemens and Anderson Hernandez. I am a little surprised that the Astros chose to keep Brian Bixler over Hernandez. Koby Clemens, the son of Roger Clemens, posted decent power numbers in the minors but didn’t hit for a good average at the higher levels.

 

List of Astros minor league Free Agents
Erick Abreu RHP Jhonny Medrano 3B
Kristian Bueno LHP Oswaldo Navarro IF
Koby Clemens 1B Ryan Rowland-Smith LHP
Luis Durango OF Wladimir Sutil SS
Sammy Gervacio RHP J.R. Towles C
Anderson Hernandez IF Jose Vallejo 2B
Brad James RHP Andy Van Hekken LHP
Drew Locke OF Ross Wolf RHP

Anderson Hernandez had a good season at AAA Oklahoma City in 2011. The switch-hitting middle infielder posted a .300/.366/.400 slash line and enjoyed a 30 game hitting streak late in the season.  Bixler was claimed off waivers from the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. Primarily a shortstop, Bixler appears to have a leg up at winning a spot on the Astros 2012 roster as a utility player.

The Astros have stated that they will not be a player in the Free Agent market this off-season.  The minor league Free Agent pool could provide an affordable alternative for the club. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Astros add a couple of players from this list.

Tags: Anderson Hernandez Brian Bixler Free Agent Market Houston Astros Koby Clemens

  • Stroscrow

    I think the Astros may have re-signed Gervacio already. I would like to see them bring back Luis Durango, Drew Locke, and Anderson Hernandez from that list since they are a little weak in depth at those positions.

    I know that Andy Van Hekken had an outstanding year, and The Hyphen is a well liked guy, but with the newfound pitching depth I don’t know if these guys are still needed.

    OKC rotation: Paul Clemens, Brett Oberholtzer, Dallas Keuchel, Xavier Cedeno, not to mention one or two of Jordan Lyles, Lucas Harrell, and Henry Sosa depending on offseason trades this year. That is a pretty solid crop.

  • Stroscrow

    I think the Astros may have re-signed Gervacio already. I would like to see them bring back Luis Durango, Drew Locke, and Anderson Hernandez from that list since they are a little weak in depth at those positions.

    I know that Andy Van Hekken had an outstanding year, and The Hyphen is a well liked guy, but with the newfound pitching depth I don’t know if these guys are still needed.

    OKC rotation: Paul Clemens, Brett Oberholtzer, Dallas Keuchel, Xavier Cedeno, not to mention one or two of Jordan Lyles, Lucas Harrell, and Henry Sosa depending on offseason trades this year. That is a pretty solid crop.

  • astrosince1975

    I would like to see A. Hernandez re-signed as well. No one else on the roster has as much to offer at the SS position.

  • astrosince1975

    I would like to see A. Hernandez re-signed as well. No one else on the roster has as much to offer at the SS position.