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Hooks in the Major Leagues
11/14/2012 11:08 AM ET
 
Hooks in the Major Leagues
(Player-debut season-team) 2012 Major League stats of note
Fernando Abad - 2010 - Houston 0-6, 5.09 ERA in 31 relief appearances & 6 starts
Matt Albers - 2006 - Houston 3-1, 2.39 ERA in 63 app. w/ Red Sox & D-Backs
Jose Altuve - 2011 - Houston .290, 34 dbls, 7 HRs, 37 RBIs, 33 SBs in 147 gms
Josh Anderson - 2007 - Houston
Brandon Barnes - 2012 - Houston .204, 3 dbls, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 1 SB in 43 gms
Jimmy Barthmaier - 2008 - Pittsburgh
Philip Barzilla - 2006 - Houston
Brian Bogusevic - 2010 - Houston .203, 9 dbls, 7 HRs, 28 RBIs, 15 SBs in 146 gms
David Carpenter - 2011 - Houston 0-2, 8.07 ERA, 31 Ks, 32.1 IP w/ Astros & Blue Jays
Jason Castro - 2010 - Houston .257, 15 dbls, 6 HRs, 29 RBIs in 87 gms
Xavier Cedeno - 2011 - Houston 0-1, 3.77 ERA, 36 Ks, 31.0 IP in 44 appearances
Brooks Conrad - 2008 - Oakland .133, 4 HRs, 15 RBIs in 49 gms w/ Brewers & Rays
Sammy Gervacio - 2009 - Houston
Hector Gimenez - 2006 - Houston 5-for-11, 1 run, 1 RBI in 5 gms w/ White Sox
Brian Gordon - 2008 - Texas
Juan Gutierrez - 2007 - Houston
Jason Hirsh - 2006 - Houston
Charlton Jimerson - 2005 - Houston
Chris Johnson - 2009 - Houston .281, 28 dbls, 15 HRs, 76 RBIs w/ Astros & D-Backs
Dallas Keuchel - 2012 - Houston 3-8, 5.27 ERA in 16 starts
Wilton Lopez - 2009 - Houston 6-3, 2.17 ERA, 54 Ks, 8 BBs in 64 relief appearances
Jordan Lyles - 2011 - Houston 5-12, 5.09 ERA in 25 starts
Tommy Manzella - 2009 - Houston
J.D. Martinez - 2011 - Houston .241, 11 HRs, 55 RBIs in 113 gms
Edwin Maysonet - 2008 - Houston .250, 1 HR, 4 RBIs in 30 gms w/ Brewers
Mark McLemore - 2007 - Houston
Fernando Nieve - 2006 - Houston
Bud Norris - 2009 - Houston 7-13, 4.65 ERA, 66 BBs, 165 Ks, 168.1 IP, 29 GS
Jimmy Paredes - 2011 - Houston .189, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBIs in 24 gms
Troy Patton - 2007 - Houston 1-0, 2.43 ERA, 49 Ks, 12 BBs in 54 apps w/ Orioles
Felipe Paulino - 2007 - Houston 3-1, 1.67 ERA, 39 Ks, 15 BBs, 7 GS w/ Royals
Jailen Peguero - 2007 - Arizona
Hunter Pence - 2007 - Houston .253, 26 dbls, 24 HRs, 104 RBIs w/ Phillies & Giants
Chad Reineke - 2008 - San Diego
Mark Saccomanno - 2008 - Houston
Chris Sampson - 2006 - Houston
J.B. Shuck - 2011 - Houston
Henry Sosa - 2011 - Houston
Drew Sutton - 2009 - Cincinnati .254, 12 dbls, 13 RBIs in 42 gms w/ Rays & Pirates
Mitch Talbot - 2008 - Tampa Bay
J.R. Towles - 2007 - Houston
Henry Villar - 2010 - Houston
Ben Zobrist - 2006 - Tampa Bay .270, 39 dbls, 20 HRs, 74 RBIs, 14 SBs w/ Rays

Year indicates when each player made his ML debut and with which club that debut occurred.  Charlton Jimerson made his debut with the Astros on Sept. 14, 2005 as a defensive replacement in CF, thus becoming the first ex-Hook to make it to the majors.  He did not make a plate appearance for the Astros in 2005, therefore, his official record does not reflect his 2005 debut.

Through eight seasons, the Hooks have “graduated” 43 players to the major leagues.

Two former Hooks made their major league debuts with Houston in 2012.  After toiling away in the minors for the first seven seasons of his pro career, Brandon Barnes earned an early-August call-up to the big leagues.  Barnes debuted in centerfield on August 7 against Washington and notched his first major-league hit one day later off Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez.  His first big-league home run came as a pinch-hitter on August 13 at Wrigley Field, cementing a connection with former Hook Mark Saccomanno who accomplished the same feat as an Astro in September of 2008. 

Selected by Houston in the sixth round of the 2005 draft, Barnes hit .321 with 39 doubles, 12 home runs, 69 RBIs and 21 steals between Corpus Christi and AAA Oklahoma City thru the first four months of the season.  He was selected as a Texas League Player of the Week twice and was named Hooks offensive player of the month in April and RedHawks defensive player of the month in July.

Dallas Keuchel, Corpus Christi’s 2011 Pitcher of the Year, opened the season with Oklahoma City.  Following a 13-start stint with the RedHawks, Keuchel was promoted to Houston and made his big debut June 17 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The lefty from Tulsa went 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his first three starts, including a complete game against Cleveland on June 23 at Minute Maid Park. Keuchel joined teammate Lucas Harrell as the only National League rookies to go the distance in 2012.   

Hunter Pence, who guided the Hooks to the Texas League crown in 2006, became the first Corpus Christi “graduate” to win a World Series title.  Pence and the San Francisco Giants survived six elimination games before sweeping the Detroit Tigers to claim the storied franchise’s second World Series championship in three years.  Pence was 4-for-14 (.286) with three runs scored, a double and an RBI during the Fall Classic.    

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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