. In the Triple A phase, the Astros went for another Dodger pitcher, soft-tossing righthander Joey Norrito, who posted an 8-5, 4.13 record with Jacksonville.
LA also lost catcher Juan Apodaca to the Reds in the Triple A portion. It neither selected anybody nor lost a player in the Double A phase.
Wright, used as a set-up man for the most part, isn't much larger than a Munchkin but throws an 88-91 fast ball and a nasty curve. He had success at Jacksonville where he was 6-2, 2.49 but had his problems at Las Vegas with a 1-2, 9.18 mark. When he didn't pitch particularly well in the Arizona Fall League, it was decided to risk his being drafted.
Players chosen in the major league portion must be kept on the roster for a year or have to be offered back to the original club.
That's not the case in the minor league phase. Garate is a 23-year-old 6-1, 160 native of Venezuela. Used exclusively in relief he began 2007 with Lexington in the Low-A South Atlantic League where he was 3-1 with a 6.43 ERA and one save. Dropped back to Short Season Tri-City in the NYP League, he also was 3-1 but had a 3.31 ERA and two saves.
He throws hard, striking out 86 batters in 74.2 innings (10.37 per nine innings).
Apodaca has been regarded as a dependable catcher with a questionable bat. He played most of the year at Great Lakes where he hit .259 with eight home runs, mostly backing up Carlos Santana there.
Ironically both Garate and Apodaca are playing for the same team in winter ball, Caracas.
Victor Garate 6-1 160 Bl Tl B- Sept. 25, 1984 Res- Aragua, Venezuela year team w-l era gm sv in h bb so 2005 Greenville 4-1 5.57 19 0 32.1 21 26 53 2006 Tri-City 4-0 0.92 21 0 39.1 14 21 59 2007 Lexington 3-1 6.43 26 1 42.0 47 35 41 2007 Tri-City 3-1 3.31 17 2 32.2 31 7 45 6-2 5.06 43 3 74.2 78 42 86