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Houston Astros minor league coaches dotted with major leaguers

  • David Whitlock


For all the jokes that the Astros are essentially a AAA team, at least the got some major league credentials in the minor league coaching ranks.  The Astros announced their coaching staffs for their minor league system and several familiar names, even all stars, emerged.  An interesting addition is former rookie of the year and two-time All Star Vince Coleman, who will be the outfield/baserunning coach at Quad Cities (Low-A).  Vince is, of course, best known for his 752 career steals and while minor league stolen base phenom Delino Deshields Jr. has surpassed this level, they certainly will get a lot of time working together in Spring Training/Kissimmee.  Other additions include more recent major leaguers (and members of the 2005 NL Champion team) such as former All Star Morgan Ensberg (High-A Lancaster, Infielders) and Adam Everett (rotational infield development).  Continuing with the Astros is four-time All Star and five-time Gold Glove winner Cesar Cedeno, one of the Astros greats of the early 1980’s.  Cesar will work with the Rookie Leaguer Gulf Coast Astros.

The Astros are let’s just say more than a year away, but, along with the prospects acquired via the dismantling of their aging team of 2-years ago, seem to be putting the right people in the right place to develop their talent going forward.  Time will tell!

-Dave (@lhd_on_sports)

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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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