November 14th, 2011

Flores Leaves for Houston

I remember being in the clubhouse at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Ark. hours before first pitch between the RoughRiders and the Naturals late last year.

I remember there was a big league game on TV that a lot of guys were casually watching while getting ready for batting practice.  It just so happened to be a game involving the downtrodden Houston Astros.

I remember the look on everyone’s face when we saw that it was former Corpus Christi Hook (for three games) Henry Sosa pitching for the Astros.

Sosa, 26, spent five and a half seasons in the San Francisco Giants’ farm system before being traded to Houston in the Jeff Keppinger deal on July 19.

Sosa made10 starts with Houston in 2011 (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

In those five and a half years with San Francisco, Sosa suited up for six different teams, making 125 career appearances.  After the trade, Sosa was assigned to Corpus Christi where he made three starts before getting the call to Triple-A Oklahoma City. There, the right-hander tossed seven shut-out innings on August 5th in his first start, and that was enough.

Five days later Sosa made his big league debut, getting the start against Arizona at Chase Field.

It took Sosa four minor league appearances in 22 days to make the big leagues as a member of the Astros’ farm system.

This example is all you need to know about why former RoughRider Adalberto Flores  has left the Rangers’ organization as a free-agent and signed with the Houston Astros.

Flo was the first player in 2010 promoted to Frisco from Bakersfield and developed nicely since then.  In two seasons, Adalberto went 8-8, 3.75 ERA in 79 appearances, two starts.

The righty from Puerto Rico proved to be a real force at times out of the ‘Riders bullpen and had the ability to eat up innings.

No doubt, Flo will have an easier path to the bigs with the Astros than with the Rangers.  And, if we can be honest, that’s all that really counts. I don’t claim to know the details of Flroes making this decision, but when you look at it from the outside, it was a pretty easy decision.

If all goes well, next year it’ll be Adalberto pitching on TV.

-AG

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