The Houston Astros have made their second roster cuts of the Spring Training. Now, this doesn’t mean they are out of the Astros organization. It simply means these players are being sent to Minor League camp.
Yesterday morning, Astros general manger Jeff Luhnow announced the following roster moves: Right-handed pitchers Jose Cisnero, Jarred Cosart and Ross Seaton, along with left handed pitcher Brett Oberholtzer, were all optioned down to Minor League camp.
I am not surprised by the majority of these roster moves. We didn’t get much of a look at Oberholtzer or Cisnero, so I didn’t expect these guys to make the team. I didn’t even expect Seaton or Cosart to make the team.
But the optioning of Cosart to Minor League camp this early had some surprise to it. Like I said, I didn’t expect Cosart to make the team. I just thought the Astros might take a long look at him against Major League players.
Cosart had all but made sure he would be in the minors to start the year. He had some control issues throughout Spring Training. He wasn’t exactly awful, but he wasn’t good either. I was just hoping to see him pitch against Major League batters a little bit longer.
Cosart has potential, so I know he will be up with the Astros soon enough. He is the number four prospect in the organization, after all.
Minor League camp begins playing their games today. The Astros now have 49 players on their Spring Training Roster. The regulars are starting to play more innings and the need for the Minor League players is starting to disappear. We will have to stay alert and see which players are sent down to Minor League camp next.