Houston Astros Trim 12 from Roster, Release Romero

Richard ZowieCorrespondent IMarch 17, 2010

KISSIMMEE, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Alex Romero #66 of the Houston Astros poses during photo day at Osceola County Stadium on February 25, 2010 in Kissimmee, Florida.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Just like a three-hour rough cut that must be edited down to a two-hour movie, the Houston Astros have announced that 12 have been cut from the team. Of those 12, one has been given his outright release while the others are heading to the farm.

For those who were impressive but not quite there, we can expect them to be playing near Austin at Triple-A Round Rock. Others will find themselves at Double-A Corpus Christi (a very beautiful town, by the way).

As I read the list, I wasn't surprised. Chia-Jen Lo and catcher Lou Santangelo have been sent to minor league camp. So have the following: left-handed pitchers Fernando Abad and Polin Trinidad, righty pitchers Even Englebrook, Matt Nevarez, Jose Valdez, Henry Villar, outfielders Brian Bogusevic, Yordany Ramirez, and infielder Wladimir Sutil.

Considering Houston's saturation at catcher with Humberto Quintero, J.R. Towles and Astros catcher-in-waiting Jason Castro, Santangelo's demotion wasn't surprising. As for the pitchers, I know Houston has liked what it's seen from Lo (despite his name that conjures up thoughts of Jennifer "J-Lo" Lopez) and Nevarez.

Astros fans, are you surprised by the release of Alex Romero? He was hitting .364 (compared to Bogusevic's .071), but all four of his hits were singles. Two strikeouts and no walks in nine at bats. Coming into this season, Romero was a career .239 hitter with only two home runs in 280 career at-bats at the MLB level.

Be that as it may, I wouldn't make much of it. It's one of those situations where a player just didn't warrant keeping. Now we have to hope the Luck O' the Irish won't kick in for Romero and turn him into the 2010 World Series MVP on another club.

As for Bogusevic, he was drafted 24th overall by the Astros in the 2005 MLB draft, so the club obviously isn't ready to cut bait on their investment.

Richard Zowie is a Houston Astros blogger for Bleacher Report. Post comments here or e-mail Richard at richardzowie@gmail.com .