According the Crawfish Boxes’ Sean Fiest, the Astros have signed former St. Louis Cardinal outfielder, Adron Chambers.
The Astros have signed Adron Chambers.
— Sean Feist (@native_astro) November 25, 2013
If you feel like you’ve read this story already, it’s because just last Wednesday, another former Cardinal, Ryan Jackson, joined the Astros. Jeff Luhnow, the former head of St. Louis’ Player Development, seems to be making a habit of scooping up pieces of his old system.
Chambers, 27, is not a blockbuster signing. In three years in the Majors, he has played just 84 games with a .216/.289/.584 split. In 2013, Chambers had 26 at-bats and struck out 11 times, batting .154.
There is hope, however. Chambers has consistently been talked about as a mid-teir prospect in the Cardinals loaded farm system. Chambers showed his potential in 2012 when he hit .319/.405/.809 in AAA Memphis.
Primarily a singles hitter, Chambers is certainly not going to solve the Astros problems in the middle of the lineup, but his minor league career .365 OBP is exactly what Houston needs.
The Astros have not put Chambers on their 40-Man roster, which currently sits at 37 players, and I do not expect them to do so. Chambers is not a risk for the Rule 5 draft, and will probably be placed in AAA Oklahoma City with an invite to Spring Training.