RedHawks use Astros' Double-A call ups as motivation

BY TARIQ LEE Staff Writer tlee@opubco.com Published: August 2, 2011
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In the Astros' big movements, they called up three Double-A players from Corpus Christi and just two from the RedHawks, the team's Triple-A affiliate.

Several RedHawks may have been passed on, but instead of getting upset, they're focusing on their own games.

“I think that should be motivation for our guys,” RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco said. “That they're bypassing us and taking guys at a lower level. It might be a wake-up call to the team that you need to perform.”

Outfielder J.B. Shuck, who went 1-for-4 in the RedHawks' 13-2 loss Tuesday, is taking that approach.

“I'm using it as motivation a little bit, because that's my ultimate goal,” Shuck said. “I'm going to continue to work hard and hopefully get to where I want to be and hopefully I can get a chance to go up.”

Shuck struggled at the beginning of the season but hit .368 for the month of July and is hitting .460 since the All-Star break.

He is well aware of his past struggles and had only positive things to say about those who were getting a shot at playing in the majors.

“It's their decision. I would have liked to go, but I didn't really put together much of a year until last month,” Shuck said. “Those guys have had some pretty good numbers all year. They deserve it. I played some with J.D. [Martinez] and he can swing it.”