News about a trio of Astros at the bottom of the roster’s depth chart got lost in the trade deadline bonanza. The team sent down utility fielder Myles Straw and starter Jose Urquidy to the Class AAA Round Rock Express. Reliever Bryan Abreu, who pitched a scoreless inning Thursday against the Cleveland Indians, was sent to the Class AA Corpus Christi Hooks.
Straw, 24, most valued for his foot speed, had survived a roster decision that cut Tony Kemp a week ago. He covers 30.3 feet per second, making him the third-fastest player in the majors, according to Baseball Savant.
The Astros had groomed Straw for the outfield in the minors, but injuries to infielders Aledmys Diaz and Carlos Correa left an opening at shortstop that Straw filled capably for the major league club. In 140 1/3 innings at shortstop, he saved one run and was above average at the position, according to Fangraphs. He batted .253 with a .689 OPS. He was successful in seven out of eight steal attempts.
Urquidy had been an adequate fill-in until his disastrous last start Thursday in Cleveland. He allowed six earned runs on eight hits and did not make it to the fifth inning. In five starts he went 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA. He gave up 28 hits in 23 innings.
Abreu made one appearance, pitching a perfect inning of relief in a blowout loss in Cleveland on Wednesday.