• Astros designate Pena, Cedeno for assignment

    Summary of 3 articles · Updated Jul 22, 2013
    Pena and Cedeno were among the only experienced players on this rebuilding team. With Sunday’s sudden promotion of shortstop prospect Jonathan Villar and underperforming veterans Carlos Pena and Ronny Cedeno being designated for assignment, the Astros’ $21 million payroll experiment is finally over. Cedeno, a shortstop, was hitting .220 with one homer and 12 RBIs. The 35-year-old Pena, who hit 39 homers in 2009 with Tampa Bay, signed with the Astros in the offseason and hit .209 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 85 games splitting time between first base and designated hitter. “The biggest thing when you become a major league player is the mental grind,” said Astros infield instructor Adam Everett, one of the greatest defensive shortstops in franchise history. "When you look at the roster and how to create spaces for them, unfortunately, the veteran players who have been here and done a large part of what we hoped they would do provide leadership in the clubhouse and be a solid presence both on and off the field those spots were the ones we felt were easiest to access to bring up the younger guys."
    • Adam Everett on Villar: ‘He’s got some special ability, and I think he can do it’

      On pure talent, Jonathan Villar has arguably been the Astros’ best shortstop at Class AAA Oklahoma City and the majors since opening day. Scouts I respect and have known for over a decade have said Villar is better than Marwin Gonzalez and Ronny Cedeno …
      Source: chron.com

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