Zachary Levine

Don’t Call It A Comeback

Zachary Levine -Premium Content

While 2010 could represent a fresh start for righthander Tanner Bushue, the Astros believe he doesn't need one. Bushue, a second-round pick out of an Illinois high school in 2009, sustained a back injury last July that forced the Astros to shut him down, so he missed most of the season, but the Astros say he is right where they thought he would be at this stage of his development.

Majors | #2010#Houston Astros#Organization Reports

Mier Gets Much-Deserved Downtime

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A year of firsts for shortstop Jiovanni Mier ended with his first time as a professional baseball player just kicking back in Southern California. Of course the offseason is not all play for Mier, the 21st overall pick in the 2009 draft. He'll spend the winter getting his body in shape after a taxing first season. He did not have prolonged negotiations like many of his fellow first-rounders, so he played nearly the whole season for Rookie-level Greeneville.

Majors | #2009#Houston Astros#Organization Reports

Castro Reaffirms Astros’ Faith In First Pro Season

Zachary Levine -Premium Content

In the Astros' first draft with Ed Wade as general manager and Bobby Heck as scouting director, the organization used the 10th overall selection on Jason Castro, a catcher out of Stanford. They left the more expensive pick, slugger Justin Smoak, on the board, to the dismay of many Houstonians.<br/><br/>And while Smoak has worked his way up to Triple-A in the Rangers' organization, Castro is making Wade's and Heck's first addition to a depleted system look like a solid one.<br/>

Minors | #2009#Classification Reports#Double-A

Long Time Coming

Zachary Levine -Premium Content

For the first time in 15 years, the Astros used their first-round pick on a shortstop whom they intend to keep there. They called the name of Jiovanni Mier, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound, righthanded hitting shortstop out of Bonita High in La Verne, Calif., with the 21st overall pick in the 2009 Draft.

Majors | #2009#Houston Astros#Organization Reports