A day that I that would have come much later than this early on, but Rick Ankiel was designated for assignment, along with Fernando Martinez, by the Houston Astros, and I feel this may be Ankiel’s final hurrah. Both players were hitting below the Mendoza Line (.200 BA in layman’s terms), Ankiel hitting five home runs and took only one walk in 65 plate appearances, and shockingly, he struck out a total of 35 times. Ankiel won the hearts of a few Astros fans early on in the Spring, captivating plenty more, including myself, with his Opening Night home run en route to defeat the Texas Rangers, but it has been all down hill for Ankiel and the Astros alike since that beloved Opening Night. Continue reading
In his tenth overall MLB season, Rick Ankiel is on his fourth MLB team after struggling to stay in the Majors since 2010, being designated as a back-up outfielder with the Royals, Braves, and finally the Nationals. As a non-roster invitee, Ankiel has found a home with the Houston Astros organization. It seems clear that with his explosion towards the end of Spring Training that he could potentially earn a spot on the Astros roster. More than likely we will see Ankiel be platooning with J.D Martinez in right field, with Ankiel taking the starting job, and having the young and inexperienced Martinez under him and learning from the ten year veteran, Ankiel. Continue reading
Earlier today, the Oakland Athletics claimed Nate Freiman from the Houston Astros. Freiman is slugging six foot eight inch first baseman. He has never been above Double A, but he he can hit. There wasn’t much room for him on the Astros’ roster with the way Brandon Laird, Rick Ankiel, and Brandon Barnes have played so far this spring. Once the Astros traded for Chris Carter, Freiman’s time was numbered. The best case scenario would have been for the Astros to trade a player to San Diego so they could have kept him, but it just didn’t work out. General Manager Jeff Luhnow said they tried to do so, but it never really got going.