The Houston Astros have made their first roster cuts of Spring Training in which seven players have been reassigned within the organization.
Right-handed pitcher Sam Demel, second baseman Delino DeShields Jr., outfielder Jake Goebbert, outfielder Marc Krauss, left-handed pitcher Rudy Owens, outfielder George Springer and catcher Chris Wallace have been reassigned to Minor League camp. There are still 53 players left in Major League camp, but more roster cuts are expected to happen later this week.
The two biggest names among the group of seven are most definitely DeShields and Springer. The 20-year-old DeShields is ranked sixth in Houston’s list of prospects and is one of the most talented players in the organization. He was named the Astros Minor League Player of the Year in 2012 after batting .287 with 12 home runs, 61 RBI, 24 doubles, eight triples and a whopping 101 stolen bases in Single-A and High-A combined. Even though the 2010 first-round pick has only been in the minors for three years, he has shown great potential and will find his way on the Major League roster soon enough.
Meanwhile, Springer is another talented prospect who ranks third in the Astros organization. He was the 11th overall selection in the 2011 MLB Draft and has played very well in his two seasons in the minors. Last year, the 23-year-old dominated High-A, but struggled a bit once he was promoted to Double-A. However, his .316 batting average, 22 home runs and 82 RBI in the California League is certainly impressive.
It is difficult for all of these players, maybe even more so for DeShields and Springer, to be sent back down to the minors, but considering Houston is filled with very inexperienced players there will be plenty of chances for these seven to get another crack at the big leagues in the near future.
“The important thing for players like DeShields and Springer, who are a part of our future, was to come up here and make a good impression with a new staff, and both of them absolutely did that,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told MLB.com.
It makes more sense for DeShields and Springer to develop their skill set with consistent playing time in the minors than give them a chance in the majors where they will spend the majority of their time on the bench. Not to mention, the Astros already have a good idea of who their reserve outfielder is going to be.