Astros Sign Landon Powell

The Astros signed catcher Landon Powell to a minor league deal and invited him to big league camp, Alyson Footer of the Astros tweets. The A's had released the 29-year-old SFX client five days ago.

Powell has a .207/.284/.328 line in 406 plate appearances over the course of three seasons with the Athletics. He has played some first base, but spent most of his time behind the plate. Just 60% of stolen base attempts against Powell have been successful since 2009.

Powell joins catchers Jason Castro, Chris Snyder and Humberto Quintero on the Astros' depth chart. The A's owe Powell approximately $103K even after cutting him from the roster last week.

8 Responses to Astros Sign Landon Powell Leave a Reply

  1. johnsilver 3 years ago

    No Kevin Cash comeback now.. Lander is a younger version.. All defense and -0- offense.

    Not bad though, just hope your team doesn’t have to depend on him more than oakland did the last couple of years and he can control the running game at least.

    • FS54 3 years ago

      I think Pudge would have been a better pickup than this guy. That does not say a whole lot but Pudge’s defense is better and offense is not as bad as this guy’s. I don’t get why someone would pass up on Pudge. I understand Powell will make league minimum and what not, but Pudge is not going to demand millions either.

  2. Brian Stevenson 3 years ago

    Minor League depth move. Castro will be the starter and Chris Snyder has been raking this Spring and should be the backup. Powell will likely only see MLB time if there’s an injury.

    • Kevin Swords 3 years ago

      Exactly. GM’s still need to fill out Minor League rosters, and the Astros don’t exactly have much at AAA.  All Major League teams need pitching and catching depth throughout the course of a long season. 

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        Cash was a joke on my part.. Understand people like landers will be floating around. though I am not sure he qualifies as the typical retread/AAAA type player at this point of his career.

  3. bedzboy12 3 years ago

    Cash couldent hit the back side of a barn ! And nor can Powell ! vPudge would have been a much better option.

    • letsgogiants 3 years ago

      But Pudge can’t hit either. Powell is at least more capable of putting up better numbers when healthy (which isn’t very much) and at least offers more potential than Pudge at this point.

  4. gmenfan 3 years ago

     Can I get that translated into English, please ?

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