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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.

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Heck Of A Job

Brian McTaggart -Premium Content

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.

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Easy Decision

Brian McTaggart -Premium Content

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.

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Long-Time Coming

Brian McTaggart -Premium Content

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.

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My Friend Mark Saccamanno

Brian McTaggart -Premium Content

Mark Saccamanno is 28 and certainly too old to be considered an up-and-coming prospect. But that hasn't made the lifelong Astros fan work any less to fulfill his dream of reaching the majors. Saccamanno, a 23rd-round draft pick of the Astros in 2003, is having a terrific offensive season in his second year at Triple-A Round Rock, hitting .292/.331/.534 with a club-best 16 homers and 51 RBI through 77 games.

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Dropping Down

Brian McTaggart -Premium Content

The unusual sidearm delivery of righthander Sammy Gervacio made him stand out during the first few weeks of spring training. No matter which pitcher was sharing a bullpen mound with the 23-year-old Dominican, Gervacio usually garnered the most attention from fans and curious media.

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