The Houston Astros have officially outrighted outfielder Trevor Crowe and right-hander Jorge De Leon off the club’s 40-man roster, which now stands at 36.
Crowe was originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 1st round of the 2005 draft, selected with the 14th overall pick. In 2010, he showed signs of promise with the Indians, hitting .251 with two homers and 36 RBIs. He also swiped 20 bases while adding 24 doubles for Cleveland in 122 games. However, in limited time with Houston this season, Crowe hit just .214. With the club’s Triple-A affiliate, Crowe hit .304 with three home runs and 23 RBIs, while adding 16 steals and a respectable .364 on-base percentage.
De Leon spent most of the season between Double-A and Triple-A in the Astros organization, combining to go 0-3 with a 3.46 earned run average in 41 appearances. When promoted to Triple-A, De Leon showed major signs of improvement, pitching 15 innings to the tune of a 0.60 earned run average, finishing eight games and earning a save in six.
This earned him a spot on the big league roster, but he struggled to adjust to Major League hitters, making 11 appearances totaling 10 innings. In those ten innings, he allowed 12 hits, resulting in six earned runs.