OKC RedHawks: Astros' trades will not immediately impact RedHawks

Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow says OKC's star center fielder, George Springer, will remain in Triple-A for now.
by Michael Baldwin Published: July 31, 2013

Two current RedHawks — 23-year-old right-hander Asher Wojciechowski (6-4, 2.83 ERA) and 24-year-old right-hander Brad Peacock (6-2, 2.73) — could be candidates but are top prospects that might stay in OKC until September roster expansion.

It's the second straight year Luhnow has made key July deals. A year ago, Luhnow acquired several players, including Matt Dominquez, now Houston's starting third baseman, Wojciechowski and outfielder Robbie Grossman, who hit his first major league homer Wednesday night.

In the Norris trade, Luhnow landed two of the Orioles top 10 prospects: outfielder L.J. Hoes and 19-year-old left-hander Josh Hader. Hoes switched dugouts at Camden Yards and was in the Astros starting lineup. Hader is in Class A. In the deal with Kansas City, the Astros acquired a Class A pitcher.

Baseball executives agree Luhnow and the Astros are headed in the right direction.

“The Astros future is bright, but there will be growing pains,” said RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco. “If people think a kid with 100 major league at bats is going to impact the game every night it's not going to happen. It takes years of getting at bats, guys getting comfortable.”

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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