Brian McTaggart

Man Of Mystery

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There's still a lot the Astros don't know about Brad Dydalewicz, which makes them even more excited about what the future might hold. Drafted in the eighth round out of Lake Travis High (Texas), the lefthander didn't sign until late July and was impressive at Rookie-level Greeneville.

Majors | #2009#Houston Astros#Organization Reports

Rule 5 Relief

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General manager Ed Wade has a pretty good recent track record in the Rule 5 draft, having taken Shane Victorino when he was in Philadelphia and last year watching lefthander Wesley Wright emerge as a key member of the Astros' bullpen. Wade selected another lefty in the Rule 5 draft, taking lefthanded reliever Gilbert De La Vara from the Royals. De La Vara, 24, was 3-3, 3.65 in 24 outings at high Class A Wilmington in 2008.

Majors | #2009#Houston Astros#Organization Reports

A Catch At First

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The Astros had already selected Jason Castro with their first-round pick earlier in the draft and had several intriguing upper-level catching prospects in the system, including Lou Santangelo and J.R. Towles. But they couldn't pass up catcher Phil Disher, who had hit more than .300 with 34 homers in his final two seasons at South Carolina, when he was available in the 15th round.

Majors | #2008#Houston Astros#Organization Reports

Heck Of A Job

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Bobby Heck had such an impact during his first year with the Astros that general manager Ed Wade decided to reward the scouting director with a new title. Heck, who joined the Astros last October, was promoted to assistant general manager in charge of scouting. He joins Ricky Bennett and David Gottfried, who had their contracts extended, as assistant GMs.

Majors | #2008#Houston Astros#Organization Reports

Easy Decision

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The Astros didn't have to think twice when faced with a decision to either place lefthander Polin Trinidad on the 40-man roster or risk losing him to another team. Coming off a breakout season that included a trip to the Futures Game, the lefthander was added to the roster after the season and will make his first trip to major league camp in spring training.

Majors | #2008#Houston Astros#Organization Reports

Long-Time Coming

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Douglas Arguello has been in the Astros organization longer than just about anyone else in their system after signing as a 17-year-old out of Nicaragua in December 2001. Nearly seven years later, Arguello is enjoying the best season of his career at high Class A Salem and has some in the organization believing the lefthander has a future in the major leagues.

Majors | #2008#Houston Astros#Organization Reports