Remember this face.



It belongs to right-hander Ross Seaton, who stopped by Minute Maid Park after finishing up his season at Class A Lexington and before heading to Florida to start the Instructional League portion of his offseason.

Seaton, who turns 20 on Sept. 18, is one of five hurlers who garnered quite a bit of attention in Lexington, where the majority of the truly promising pitchers in the organization played in ’09. Seaton, a native of nearby Sugar Land, was selected in a compensation round early in the 2008 draft, the 108th pick overall.

He finished his season with an 8-10 record and a 3.29 ERA over 24 starts, logging 130 2/3 innings. He walked 39 and struck out 88.

Check out this story in the Lexington Herald-Leader about the five arms that made up the Legends rotation: Robert Bono, Seaton, Brad Dydalewicz, Jordan Lyles and Kyle Greenwalt. I am not suggesting they will be ready in 2010 — in fact, I can guarantee you they won’t be. But look for them to start knocking on the door, at the very least, at some point in ’11.


And here’s more news about young players..the Astros announced their Minor League team MVPs on Thursday. They MVPs will be honored during a pregame ceremony at Minute Maid Park on Sept. 26. Point of interest — Koby Clemens is the MVP of the Lancaster (High A) JetHawks after posting a .345 average, 45 doubles, 22 home runs and 121 RBIs.  


Here and there at batting practice Thursday:

Chris Johnson and J.R. Towles. Johnson has definitely gotten his fill of media attention this week. He’s done at least three TV interviews and talked to a bunch of print reporters, too.


Tommy Manzella


Kazuo Matsui


Roy Oswalt and Sean Berry.


Oswalt taking BP…he didn’t bat that night, however…he left the game after just two innings.


Humberto Quintero


Aaron Boone and Chris Coste…lots of leaning.


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Oh my Gosh.. Alyson… what an honor for the Clemens family in the midst of so much angst….

Buz –

THREE double plays from Tejada tonight. Criminy, are they keeping him in there to go for the all-time record or something? The season is over, and we want Manzella in there now. The fans are sick of Tejada’s rally killers.

If he’s shooting to break a record, he’ll have to break his own that he set last year in the NL, shattering the old record set by a catcher, name of Brad Ausmus. Wonder why the Astros are so set on keeping that record to themselves?

Second half of 2011 sounds about right for Lyles and/or Seaton if they stay on pace. Maybe sooner if they are spectacular in AA next season. (They ARE going to be at Corpus Christi, right?)

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