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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.

Majors | #2008#Houston Astros#Organization Reports

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.

Majors | #2008#Houston Astros#Organization Reports

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.

Majors | #2008#Houston Astros#Organization Reports