Tommy Manzella SS : Manzella is a Tulane product who has been identified as a slick infielder who wouldn’t hit well in the big leagues, think Adam Everett and Jason Bartlett. So far this season he has been hitting well for Round Rock, batting .346 to lead the team.
Mark Saccamanno 3B : Mark led Round Rock last year with 27 home runs, which led to a late-season cup of coffee with the big team. He starts the year in Round Rock again, and picks up right where he left off. He has 2 HR and 10 RBI to lead the team so far. Saccamanno is a legit 3B power prospect, if Blum falters or is injured, he could find himself back on the big club ... which would clear the way for Chris Johnson to play every day at Round Rock.
Chris Johnson 3B: Johnson has yet to find his stroke, but don’t blame him; he has only 4 AB so far on the year.
Felipe Paulino SP : in 2 starts he has yielded only 1 run on 7 hits, while fanning 12, through 12 innings of work.
Jeff Fulchino RP : Add a 0.00 ERA plus 0.50 WHIP plus a strong spring performance in Spring Training and what do you get ... an early season call-up to the big leagues to fill in for the injured Doug Brocail.
CORPUS CHRISTI HOOKS
Andrew Locke OF : This former Boston College alum is batting .333 and slugging .600 to start the season, and is making the best of every opportunity he gets with runners in scoring position. He has driven in 7 in 15 AB.
Colin DeLome OF : DeLome was long considered a top organizational prospect before festering for two years in Lexington. Delome looks to be back in prime form hitting 3 HR in 21 AB for the Hooks. The biggest knock on DeLome is his plate discipline. His .238 average and 8 strikeouts are Adam Dunn-esque.
Sergio Perez SP : Perez is now 2-0 in his starts posting an 0.82 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP, proving he is one of the top pitching prospects in the organization.
LANCASTER JET HAWKS
Jason Castro C : The catcher of the future is proving he is well on his way to being ready for the full time catcher role for the Astros next season. He has hit at every level and his .320 average and .600 slugging percentage is sure to get him called up to Corpus Christi sooner rather than later.
Koby Clemens C : Rocket 2.0 is not going down without a fight. His .308 average has been a pleasant surprise this season and what’s even more surprising is his 4 BB in 13 AB’s. He has posted a .471 OBP to begin the season.
Phil Disher 1B : This kid caught my attention last year with a batting line of .261/13/56 in 71 games, in his first taste of pro ball. This kid can flat-out hit and he gets a promotion to Lexington this year to prove he is among the Astros elite position prospects.
Brandon Barnes 2B : This California native spent last season floundering in the Texas League with Corpus Christi, but has made waves this season in Lexington, posting a .500 average and a .625 slugging percentage.
Ebert Rosario 3B : Rosario is a 6’3” third base prospect from the Dominican Republic. Rosario batted .304 in 47 games last year in Greenville and continues to hit in Lexington. His .471 average leads the team. Rosario has a little pop in his bat as well. If you couple a good batting average a little pop and some excellent speed and base running skills and you get a quality 3B prospect who could rise through the organization quickly.
By: Jordan Fleck
MLBcenter.com Houston Astros correspondent