Astros Add McCracken To Player Development Team
Jeff Luhnow wanted it to be clear
immediately. The Astros general manager wanted Quinton McCracken
a most instrumental role in the franchise's future.
Houston's new farm director spent the past two seasons working with
Arizona's minor league players as the Diamondbacks' assistant farm
director. McCracken competed for 12 years at the major league level,
playing for six teams.
The 42-year-old Duke graduate was just the type of player that Luhnow
would appreciate within the Astros farm system. Translation: McCracken
realized much of his full baseball potential.
McCracken batted .291 with 45 stolen bases from 1995-97 with Colorado.
He was involved with the formative stages of two franchises, both the
Rockies and the Devil Rays. He was selected Tampa's most valuable player
in 1998 as a center fielder. The switch-hitter compiled a .274 major
league batting average and participated in the 2002 playoffs with
McCracken will wish for the same from his future farmhands.
"(McCracken) absolutely got the maximum out of his tools and his
capabilities, and that's what we're looking for in all our players,"
Luhnow said. "Quinton had a long and successful playing career, so he
knows what it takes to get to the big leagues and stay there.He has
successfully transitioned to a front office role in Arizona and we are
excited to have him join our efforts in Houston. He will be instrumental
in developing the next generation of Astros stars."
McCracken officially joined the Astros on Oct. 29, while Allen Rowin was
promoted to assistant farm director from his previous position as
• Tim Bogar reportedly turned down an offer to become the Astros' bench
coach because Houston wanted it written into his contract that he
couldn't interview for managerial jobs elsewhere. Luhnow declined
comment on the matter.
• Houston claimed outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin
off waivers from the Red Sox.
To make room for Lin on the 40-man roster, the club designated
righthander Enerio Del Rosario
for assignment. Lin, 24, spent most of
his 2012 season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he hit .247/.323/.316 with
11 doubles, 30 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. Lin was once considered one of
the Red Sox's top prospects and homered in the 2008 Futures Game for the
World Team at Yankee Stadium. He went 2-for-2 and was named as the