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Astroland I - J: The World's Most Complete Listing of Houston Astro Baseball Cards
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CARDS I HAVE PLAYER POSITION REMARKS
1 Sal Iacono Card Catcher
Second string catcher for the 2007 Tri-City ValleyCats, retired in May 2008 Tri City ValleyCats logo
2 Angel Ibanez Cards Third Base
Greeneville Astros logo
Primary third baseman for Greeneville in 2012--the MOST primary player for G-ville, as he led the team in Games Played--had been drafted 28th in the previous June's draft. Repeated at Greeneville in 2013: his Average dropped by 15 points, his Games Played by 27
2 Cookie Ibarra Cards Bullpen Coach
Round Rock Express logoThe only bullpen catcher the Round Rock Express have ever known through 2007 was rewarded with a baseball card that year, and got another one the next.
3 Jeff Icenogle Cards Pitcher
NDFA finished second in ERA on the 2007 Tri-City ValleyCats. Second in strikeouts for the 2008 Lexington Legends. Pitched at High A Lexington in '09
Lancaster JetHawks logo
7 Blaise Ilsley Cards Pitcher
Co-led the New York-Penn League in strikeouts with 116 while at Auburn in 1985, for which he was then pictured on the cover of the team's 1986 game program. Got as high in the Astros organization as AAA Tucson in 1991. Finally made the majors with the Cubs in 1994.
1983 - 1994 Auburn Astros logo
24 PETE INCAVIGLIA Cards
Outfield
 
Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo
Installed as starting outfielder opening day of '92, he responded with a .266 average with 44 RBI's, 99 K's and 25 walks. I got two words:
3 Wilton Infante Cards Pitcher
Tri City ValleyCats logoTwo years at Rookie Greeneville without breaking the Mendoza line. Hit .230 with a team-leading 3 triples for Tri-City in 2010
28 Eli Iorg CardsOutfield
Son of former Toronto Blue Jay Garth Iorg was a first round pick in 2005 and led the Greeneville Astros that summer in RBI, and finished second in slugging. Followed up in 2006 by leading the Lexington Legends in total bases and by being named Lexington MVP. 2007 at Salem was shortened by an elbow injury, but he DID slug .512 and OPS .863. Hit .268 with 11 homers in 450 AB's at AA Corpus in '08. Began '09 at Round Rock, got hurt and was rehabbing at Short A Tri-City when he was released.
Lexington Legends logo
16 Eric Ireland CardsPitcher
Owner of the only nine-inning perfect game in organization history (although Oscar Zamora did pitch a seven-inning version). His effort for the Florida State League Kissimmee Cobras June 24, 1999 vs. the St. Petersburg Devil Rays was also only the fourth perfect game in FSL history. Ireland was lost the following year, however, to the A's as a rule five selection, and there, he languished, I believe, until being reacquired by the Astros late in 2002. Though to be fair, given Houston's problems with the major league starting rotation early in 2003, it didn't look like anyone in the 'Stros chain was rushing to promote Ireland.
Kissimmee Cobras logo
2 Michael Irwin Cards Pitcher
~1990 Auburn Astros logo
University of Portland graduate pitched for the 1990 Auburn Astros
5 Mike Ivie Cards
Infield/Outfield
 
Highway robbery my friends: The Astros traded clutch NLCS guy Dave Bergman and future NLCS MVP Jeff Leonard to the Giants for Ivie on 4/20/81. Ivie thereupon gave Houston a grand total of 19 games for the rest of '81. "Exhaustion" says the back of his 1982 Donruss # 396.
Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo
1 Hank Izquierdo Card Catcher
One Year Wonder for Minnesota in 1967 was suspended for 2-1/2 months for injuring Ted Simmons while playing a AAA game for the Oklahoma City '89ers in June of 1969.
Oklahoma City '89ers cap logo
1 Sal Iacono Card Catcher
Second string catcher for the 2007 Tri-City ValleyCats, retired in May 2008 Tri City ValleyCats logo
2 Angel Ibanez Cards Third Base
Greeneville Astros logo
Primary third baseman for Greeneville in 2012--the MOST primary player for G-ville, as he led the team in Games Played--had been drafted 28th in the previous June's draft. Repeated at Greeneville in 2013: his Average dropped by 15 points, his Games Played by 27
2 Cookie Ibarra Cards Bullpen Coach
Round Rock Express logoThe only bullpen catcher the Round Rock Express have ever known through 2007 was rewarded with a baseball card that year, and got another one the next.
3 Jeff Icenogle Cards Pitcher
NDFA finished second in ERA on the 2007 Tri-City ValleyCats. Second in strikeouts for the 2008 Lexington Legends. Pitched at High A Lexington in '09
Lancaster JetHawks logo
7 Blaise Ilsley Cards Pitcher
Co-led the New York-Penn League in strikeouts with 116 while at Auburn in 1985, for which he was then pictured on the cover of the team's 1986 game program. Got as high in the Astros organization as AAA Tucson in 1991. Finally made the majors with the Cubs in 1994.
1983 - 1994 Auburn Astros logo
24 PETE INCAVIGLIA Cards
Outfield
 
Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo
Installed as starting outfielder opening day of '92, he responded with a .266 average with 44 RBI's, 99 K's and 25 walks. I got two words:
3 Wilton Infante Cards Pitcher
Tri City ValleyCats logoTwo years at Rookie Greeneville without breaking the Mendoza line. Hit .230 with a team-leading 3 triples for Tri-City in 2010
28 Eli Iorg CardsOutfield
Son of former Toronto Blue Jay Garth Iorg was a first round pick in 2005 and led the Greeneville Astros that summer in RBI, and finished second in slugging. Followed up in 2006 by leading the Lexington Legends in total bases and by being named Lexington MVP. 2007 at Salem was shortened by an elbow injury, but he DID slug .512 and OPS .863. Hit .268 with 11 homers in 450 AB's at AA Corpus in '08. Began '09 at Round Rock, got hurt and was rehabbing at Short A Tri-City when he was released.
Lexington Legends logo
16 Eric Ireland CardsPitcher
Owner of the only nine-inning perfect game in organization history (although Oscar Zamora did pitch a seven-inning version). His effort for the Florida State League Kissimmee Cobras June 24, 1999 vs. the St. Petersburg Devil Rays was also only the fourth perfect game in FSL history. Ireland was lost the following year, however, to the A's as a rule five selection, and there, he languished, I believe, until being reacquired by the Astros late in 2002. Though to be fair, given Houston's problems with the major league starting rotation early in 2003, it didn't look like anyone in the 'Stros chain was rushing to promote Ireland.
Kissimmee Cobras logo
2 Michael Irwin Cards Pitcher
~1990 Auburn Astros logo
University of Portland graduate pitched for the 1990 Auburn Astros
5 Mike Ivie Cards
Infield/Outfield
 
Highway robbery my friends: The Astros traded clutch NLCS guy Dave Bergman and future NLCS MVP Jeff Leonard to the Giants for Ivie on 4/20/81. Ivie thereupon gave Houston a grand total of 19 games for the rest of '81. "Exhaustion" says the back of his 1982 Donruss # 396.
Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo
1 Hank Izquierdo Card Catcher
One Year Wonder for Minnesota in 1967 was suspended for 2-1/2 months for injuring Ted Simmons while playing a AAA game for the Oklahoma City '89ers in June of 1969.
Oklahoma City '89ers cap logo
1 Sal Iacono Card Catcher
Second string catcher for the 2007 Tri-City ValleyCats, retired in May 2008 Tri City ValleyCats logo
2 Angel Ibanez Cards Third Base
Greeneville Astros logo
Primary third baseman for Greeneville in 2012--the MOST primary player for G-ville, as he led the team in Games Played--had been drafted 28th in the previous June's draft. Repeated at Greeneville in 2013: his Average dropped by 15 points, his Games Played by 27
2 Cookie Ibarra Cards Bullpen Coach
Round Rock Express logoThe only bullpen catcher the Round Rock Express have ever known through 2007 was rewarded with a baseball card that year, and got another one the next.
3 Jeff Icenogle Cards Pitcher
NDFA finished second in ERA on the 2007 Tri-City ValleyCats. Second in strikeouts for the 2008 Lexington Legends. Pitched at High A Lexington in '09
Lancaster JetHawks logo
7 Blaise Ilsley Cards Pitcher
Co-led the New York-Penn League in strikeouts with 116 while at Auburn in 1985, for which he was then pictured on the cover of the team's 1986 game program. Got as high in the Astros organization as AAA Tucson in 1991. Finally made the majors with the Cubs in 1994.
1983 - 1994 Auburn Astros logo
24 PETE INCAVIGLIA Cards
Outfield
 
Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo
Installed as starting outfielder opening day of '92, he responded with a .266 average with 44 RBI's, 99 K's and 25 walks. I got two words:
3 Wilton Infante Cards Pitcher
Tri City ValleyCats logoTwo years at Rookie Greeneville without breaking the Mendoza line. Hit .230 with a team-leading 3 triples for Tri-City in 2010
28 Eli Iorg CardsOutfield
Son of former Toronto Blue Jay Garth Iorg was a first round pick in 2005 and led the Greeneville Astros that summer in RBI, and finished second in slugging. Followed up in 2006 by leading the Lexington Legends in total bases and by being named Lexington MVP. 2007 at Salem was shortened by an elbow injury, but he DID slug .512 and OPS .863. Hit .268 with 11 homers in 450 AB's at AA Corpus in '08. Began '09 at Round Rock, got hurt and was rehabbing at Short A Tri-City when he was released.
Lexington Legends logo
16 Eric Ireland CardsPitcher
Owner of the only nine-inning perfect game in organization history (although Oscar Zamora did pitch a seven-inning version). His effort for the Florida State League Kissimmee Cobras June 24, 1999 vs. the St. Petersburg Devil Rays was also only the fourth perfect game in FSL history. Ireland was lost the following year, however, to the A's as a rule five selection, and there, he languished, I believe, until being reacquired by the Astros late in 2002. Though to be fair, given Houston's problems with the major league starting rotation early in 2003, it didn't look like anyone in the 'Stros chain was rushing to promote Ireland.
Kissimmee Cobras logo
2 Michael Irwin Cards Pitcher
~1990 Auburn Astros logo
University of Portland graduate pitched for the 1990 Auburn Astros
5 Mike Ivie Cards
Infield/Outfield
 
Highway robbery my friends: The Astros traded clutch NLCS guy Dave Bergman and future NLCS MVP Jeff Leonard to the Giants for Ivie on 4/20/81. Ivie thereupon gave Houston a grand total of 19 games for the rest of '81. "Exhaustion" says the back of his 1982 Donruss # 396.
Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo
1 Hank Izquierdo Card Catcher
One Year Wonder for Minnesota in 1967 was suspended for 2-1/2 months for injuring Ted Simmons while playing a AAA game for the Oklahoma City '89ers in June of 1969.
Oklahoma City '89ers cap logo

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CARDS I HAVE PLAYER POSITION REMARKS
1 Francisco Jabalera Card Outfield
"Afro-Man" pictured only in the 1983 TCMA Columbus set actually played six years, exclusively in the Astros system, and amassed 127 career RBI Mid 70s Columbus Astros logo
2 Chris Jackson Cards Infield
Lancaster JetHawks logo
29th round pick in June 2008 split his first professional season between Tri-city and Lexington, and his second one between Lexington and Lancaster.
18 Chuck Jackson Cards
Infield
 
Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logoUniversity of Hawaii grad led the Southern League in onbase percentage his first year in pro ball and had hits in six of first eight major league games. Last seen not making the inaugural Marlins despite an awesome, fan-pleasing spring training of '93.
1 Doug Jackson Card Pitcher
1978 - 1979 Daytona Astro
Mid \'80s Daytona Beach Astros logo
1 Gayron Jackson Card Outfield
AKA "Gary": Late-round (I'm sure) pick in the June '86 draft spent a year at Auburn 1983 - 1994 Auburn Astros logo
12 Mike Jackson Cards
Relief Pitcher
 
Houston Astros logo, 2000-
Once one of the best set up men in baseball, the by-then-aged Jackson inspired zero confidence for fans of the 2001 edition
3 Ron Jackson Cards Coach
Round Rock Express  logoNamed hitting coach at Round Rock for the 2007 season, replacing Harry Spilman. In his first go-round, Jackson's hitters finished 14th in the 16-team PCL in average and OPS. In his second, they finished 15th and 16th, respectively. 2009 saw the same results.
6 SONNY JACKSON Cards
Shortstop
 
Early double play partner of Joe Morgan led the 1964 Texas League in singles, then hit three inside the park homers for the '66 Houston club. But Sonny's days in Houston were numbered. His trade to the Braves on 10/8/67 with Chuck Harrison for Denis Menke and Denny LeMaster was actually a pretty good one: Menke's OBP as an Astro was 50 points higher than what Jackson had managed. Menke would be elected an All-Star twice for Houston while Jackson toiled for Atlanta with no awards.
Round Rock Express  logo
1 Billy Jacobson Card Outfield/Pitcher
Stanford grad pitched for Martinsville in 2001, but was pitching in the Cape Cod League in 2002.
Martinsville Astros 2000 - 2002 logo
1 Jeff Jacobson Card Catcher
1983 - 1994 Auburn Astros logo
Hit .205 with 4 homers and 17 RBI's for the '82 Auburn Astros. After a slow start at Asheville in '83, he was traded to the Orioles, who stationed him at Hagerstown in the Carolina league, and watched as he had a pretty good year at two High A stops in '84, and eventually reached the AA level with the 1985 Charlotte O's. Looks to have become fairly successful in the Chicago real estate market post-baseball.
23 Brad James CardsPitcher
Corpus Christi Hooks logoRepeating in the Appy League for 2005, James led the G-vile Astros in innings pitched while striking out twice as many as he walked. 9 - 2 with a 1.98 and a Carolina League All-Star for the Avalanche in 2007, but struggled some with the competition level at AA Corpus in 2008; those struggles continued in '09.
3 Calvin James Cards Outfield
Johnson & Wolff and the back of James' 1988 Best Columbus Astros # 26 disagree as to whether James was in fact an FSL all-star for his work at Osceola in 1987, J&W saying no, and Best saying yes. But what's not in dispute is that his .319 BA was second in the league that year and that his 72 runs scored for that team weren't bad, either.
Osceola Astros 1985 - 1993 logo
3 Chris James Cards
Outfield
 
Journeyman who had actually once finished ninth in the AL in batting average spent '93 as a backup with the 'Stros, collecting 33 hits and 19 RBI. Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo
30 Ryan Jamison CardsPitcher
Lexington Legends logo
2001 South Atlantic League Top Prospect lost to the Mets on waivers July of '02
2 Jordan Jankowski Cards Pitcher
34th round pick in the June 2012 draft was Farmstros' Pitcher of the Year after leading G-ville in Games Pitched and co-leading in Wins and Saves, all while posting a fine 1.08 WHIP and an outrageous 53:10 K/BB. Co-led the 2013 Quad Cities River Bandits in Home Runs Allowed with 9, but also had another fine K/BB at 83:17, and posted a 1.07 WHIP in duty that saw him makes 12 Starts and notch 5 Saves
Lexington Legends logo
1 Jason Jaramillo Card Catcher
MLFA signed January 4 2013 played 60 Games at Oklahoma City, and hit .130 before being released June 1
Lexington Legends logo
2 Alfedo Javier Cards
Outfield
 
10/13/77 - Outfielder pictured in the '73 Cedar Rapids and '75 Iowa TCMA sets spent seven years in the Astro system before being traded to the Cubs for Keith Drumright. Javier, who had played briefly with Houston in 1976, never got back to the majors with the Cubs, and was left to finish his career with Tabasco of the Mexican League.
Iowa Oaks logo
2 Stan Javier Cards
Outfield
 
Houston Astros 1994 - 1999 logo
Acquired from San Francisco for then-Kissimmee Cobra Joe Messman on August 31, 1999. Got into 20 games and hit .328 in 64 at bats, then went 3 for 11 with a run scored in the NLDS vs. Atlanta
5 Domingo Jean Cards Pitcher
Couldn't cut the MustardHotshit prospect gone bust: Once considered to have had the inside track to the mound at Yankee Stadium, Jean couldn't even cut the mustard at AAA Tucson in '94.
9 Bernie Jenkins Cards Outfield
Seventh-round pick in the June '88 draft hit .292 in 63 games for the '89 Osceola squad, and played at AA in '90 with the Columbus Mudcats and '91 with the Jackson Generals
1989 - 1900 Columbus Mudcats logo
27 Jason Jennings Cards
Pitcher
 
Righthander and graduate of Baylor was acquired for Jason Hirsh, Taylor Buchholz and Willy Taveras in December of '06. What the Astros got was an injured soft-tosser who along the way managed to post a -11 Game Score, one of only nine starting performances that bad or worse in the previous 50 years. Signed with Texas for '08 and good riddance.
Houston Astros logo, 2000-
34 Charlton Jimerson Cards
Outfield
 
Houston Astros logo, 2000-
MVP of the 2001 College World Series for the University of Miami Hurricanes--and subsequent fifth-round pick of the 'Stros--had actually been drafted 24th by the 'Stros out of high school as well. Always at a very high level with the outfield defense, a similarly high strikeout rate throughout his minor league career prevented a more rapid rise. On September 4, 2006, became the third Astro in history after Jose Sosa and Dave Matranga to homer in his first major league at bat. Still, released during Spring 2007.
1 Francisco Jabalera Card Outfield
Mid 70s Columbus Astros logo"Afro-Man" pictured only in the 1983 TCMA Columbus set actually played six years, exclusively in the Astros system, and amassed 127 career RBI
2 Chris Jackson Cards Infield
29th round pick in June 2008 split his first professional season between Tri-city and Lexington, and his second one between Lexington and Lancaster.
Lancaster JetHawks logo
18 Chuck Jackson Cards
Infield
 
University of Hawaii grad led the Southern League in onbase percentage his first year in pro ball and had hits in six of first eight major league games. Last seen not making the inaugural Marlins despite an awesome, fan-pleasing spring training of '93. Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo
1 Doug Jackson Card Pitcher
Mid \'80s Daytona Beach Astros logo
1978 - 1979 Daytona Astro
1 Gayron Jackson Card Outfield
1983 - 1994 Auburn Astros logoAKA "Gary": Late-round (I'm sure) pick in the June '86 draft spent a year at Auburn
12 Mike Jackson Cards
Relief Pitcher
 
Once one of the best set up men in baseball, the by-then-aged Jackson inspired zero confidence for fans of the 2001 edition
Houston Astros logo, 2000-
3 Ron Jackson Cards Coach
Named hitting coach at Round Rock for the 2007 season, replacing Harry Spilman. In his first go-round, Jackson's hitters finished 14th in the 16-team PCL in average and OPS. In his second, they finished 15th and 16th, respectively. 2009 saw the same results. Round Rock Express  logo
6 SONNY JACKSON Cards
Shortstop
 
Round Rock Express  logo
Early double play partner of Joe Morgan led the 1964 Texas League in singles, then hit three inside the park homers for the '66 Houston club. But Sonny's days in Houston were numbered. His trade to the Braves on 10/8/67 with Chuck Harrison for Denis Menke and Denny LeMaster was actually a pretty good one: Menke's OBP as an Astro was 50 points higher than what Jackson had managed. Menke would be elected an All-Star twice for Houston while Jackson toiled for Atlanta with no awards.
1 Billy Jacobson Card Outfield/Pitcher
Stanford grad pitched for Martinsville in 2001, but was pitching in the Cape Cod League in 2002.
Martinsville Astros 2000 - 2002 logo
1 Jeff Jacobson Card Catcher
Hit .205 with 4 homers and 17 RBI's for the '82 Auburn Astros. After a slow start at Asheville in '83, he was traded to the Orioles, who stationed him at Hagerstown in the Carolina league, and watched as he had a pretty good year at two High A stops in '84, and eventually reached the AA level with the 1985 Charlotte O's. Looks to have become fairly successful in the Chicago real estate market post-baseball.
1983 - 1994 Auburn Astros logo
23 Brad James CardsPitcher
Repeating in the Appy League for 2005, James led the G-vile Astros in innings pitched while striking out twice as many as he walked. 9 - 2 with a 1.98 and a Carolina League All-Star for the Avalanche in 2007, but struggled some with the competition level at AA Corpus in 2008; those struggles continued in '09. Corpus Christi Hooks logo
3 Calvin James Cards Outfield
Osceola Astros 1985 - 1993 logo
Johnson & Wolff and the back of James' 1988 Best Columbus Astros # 26 disagree as to whether James was in fact an FSL all-star for his work at Osceola in 1987, J&W saying no, and Best saying yes. But what's not in dispute is that his .319 BA was second in the league that year and that his 72 runs scored for that team weren't bad, either.
3 Chris James Cards
Outfield
 
Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logoJourneyman who had actually once finished ninth in the AL in batting average spent '93 as a backup with the 'Stros, collecting 33 hits and 19 RBI.
30 Ryan Jamison CardsPitcher
2001 South Atlantic League Top Prospect lost to the Mets on waivers July of '02
Lexington Legends logo
2 Jordan Jankowski Cards Pitcher
34th round pick in the June 2012 draft was Farmstros' Pitcher of the Year after leading G-ville in Games Pitched and co-leading in Wins and Saves, all while posting a fine 1.08 WHIP and an outrageous 53:10 K/BB. Co-led the 2013 Quad Cities River Bandits in Home Runs Allowed with 9, but also had another fine K/BB at 83:17, and posted a 1.07 WHIP in duty that saw him makes 12 Starts and notch 5 Saves
Lexington Legends logo
1 Jason Jaramillo Card Catcher
Lexington Legends logo
MLFA signed January 4 2013 played 60 Games at Oklahoma City, and hit .130 before being released June 1
2 Alfedo Javier Cards
Outfield
 
10/13/77 - Outfielder pictured in the '73 Cedar Rapids and '75 Iowa TCMA sets spent seven years in the Astro system before being traded to the Cubs for Keith Drumright. Javier, who had played briefly with Houston in 1976, never got back to the majors with the Cubs, and was left to finish his career with Tabasco of the Mexican League.
Iowa Oaks logo
2 Stan Javier Cards
Outfield
 
Acquired from San Francisco for then-Kissimmee Cobra Joe Messman on August 31, 1999. Got into 20 games and hit .328 in 64 at bats, then went 3 for 11 with a run scored in the NLDS vs. Atlanta
Houston Astros 1994 - 1999 logo
5 Domingo Jean Cards Pitcher
Hotshit prospect gone bust: Once considered to have had the inside track to the mound at Yankee Stadium, Jean couldn't even cut the mustard at AAA Tucson in '94. Couldn't cut the Mustard
9 Bernie Jenkins Cards Outfield
1989 - 1900 Columbus Mudcats logo
Seventh-round pick in the June '88 draft hit .292 in 63 games for the '89 Osceola squad, and played at AA in '90 with the Columbus Mudcats and '91 with the Jackson Generals
27 Jason Jennings Cards
Pitcher
 
Righthander and graduate of Baylor was acquired for Jason Hirsh, Taylor Buchholz and Willy Taveras in December of '06. What the Astros got was an injured soft-tosser who along the way managed to post a -11 Game Score, one of only nine starting performances that bad or worse in the previous 50 years. Signed with Texas for '08 and good riddance.
Houston Astros logo, 2000-
34 Charlton Jimerson Cards
Outfield
 
MVP of the 2001 College World Series for the University of Miami Hurricanes--and subsequent fifth-round pick of the 'Stros--had actually been drafted 24th by the 'Stros out of high school as well. Always at a very high level with the outfield defense, a similarly high strikeout rate throughout his minor league career prevented a more rapid rise. On September 4, 2006, became the third Astro in history after Jose Sosa and Dave Matranga to homer in his first major league at bat. Still, released during Spring 2007.
Houston Astros logo, 2000-
1 Francisco Jabalera Card Outfield
"Afro-Man" pictured only in the 1983 TCMA Columbus set actually played six years, exclusively in the Astros system, and amassed 127 career RBI Mid 70s Columbus Astros logo
2 Chris Jackson Cards Infield
Lancaster JetHawks logo
29th round pick in June 2008 split his first professional season between Tri-city and Lexington, and his second one between Lexington and Lancaster.
18 Chuck Jackson Cards
Infield
 
Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logoUniversity of Hawaii grad led the Southern League in onbase percentage his first year in pro ball and had hits in six of first eight major league games. Last seen not making the inaugural Marlins despite an awesome, fan-pleasing spring training of '93.
1 Doug Jackson Card Pitcher
1978 - 1979 Daytona Astro
Mid \'80s Daytona Beach Astros logo
1 Gayron Jackson Card Outfield
AKA "Gary": Late-round (I'm sure) pick in the June '86 draft spent a year at Auburn 1983 - 1994 Auburn Astros logo
12 Mike Jackson Cards
Relief Pitcher
 
Houston Astros logo, 2000-
Once one of the best set up men in baseball, the by-then-aged Jackson inspired zero confidence for fans of the 2001 edition
3 Ron Jackson Cards Coach
Round Rock Express  logoNamed hitting coach at Round Rock for the 2007 season, replacing Harry Spilman. In his first go-round, Jackson's hitters finished 14th in the 16-team PCL in average and OPS. In his second, they finished 15th and 16th, respectively. 2009 saw the same results.
6 SONNY JACKSON Cards
Shortstop
 
Early double play partner of Joe Morgan led the 1964 Texas League in singles, then hit three inside the park homers for the '66 Houston club. But Sonny's days in Houston were numbered. His trade to the Braves on 10/8/67 with Chuck Harrison for Denis Menke and Denny LeMaster was actually a pretty good one: Menke's OBP as an Astro was 50 points higher than what Jackson had managed. Menke would be elected an All-Star twice for Houston while Jackson toiled for Atlanta with no awards.
Round Rock Express  logo
1 Billy Jacobson Card Outfield/Pitcher
Stanford grad pitched for Martinsville in 2001, but was pitching in the Cape Cod League in 2002.
Martinsville Astros 2000 - 2002 logo
1 Jeff Jacobson Card Catcher
1983 - 1994 Auburn Astros logo
Hit .205 with 4 homers and 17 RBI's for the '82 Auburn Astros. After a slow start at Asheville in '83, he was traded to the Orioles, who stationed him at Hagerstown in the Carolina league, and watched as he had a pretty good year at two High A stops in '84, and eventually reached the AA level with the 1985 Charlotte O's. Looks to have become fairly successful in the Chicago real estate market post-baseball.
23 Brad James CardsPitcher
Corpus Christi Hooks logoRepeating in the Appy League for 2005, James led the G-vile Astros in innings pitched while striking out twice as many as he walked. 9 - 2 with a 1.98 and a Carolina League All-Star for the Avalanche in 2007, but struggled some with the competition level at AA Corpus in 2008; those struggles continued in '09.
3 Calvin James Cards Outfield
Johnson & Wolff and the back of James' 1988 Best Columbus Astros # 26 disagree as to whether James was in fact an FSL all-star for his work at Osceola in 1987, J&W saying no, and Best saying yes. But what's not in dispute is that his .319 BA was second in the league that year and that his 72 runs scored for that team weren't bad, either.
Osceola Astros 1985 - 1993 logo
3 Chris James Cards
Outfield
 
Journeyman who had actually once finished ninth in the AL in batting average spent '93 as a backup with the 'Stros, collecting 33 hits and 19 RBI. Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo
30 Ryan Jamison CardsPitcher
Lexington Legends logo
2001 South Atlantic League Top Prospect lost to the Mets on waivers July of '02
2 Jordan Jankowski Cards Pitcher
34th round pick in the June 2012 draft was Farmstros' Pitcher of the Year after leading G-ville in Games Pitched and co-leading in Wins and Saves, all while posting a fine 1.08 WHIP and an outrageous 53:10 K/BB. Co-led the 2013 Quad Cities River Bandits in Home Runs Allowed with 9, but also had another fine K/BB at 83:17, and posted a 1.07 WHIP in duty that saw him makes 12 Starts and notch 5 Saves
Lexington Legends logo
1 Jason Jaramillo Card Catcher
MLFA signed January 4 2013 played 60 Games at Oklahoma City, and hit .130 before being released June 1
Lexington Legends logo
2 Alfedo Javier Cards
Outfield
 
10/13/77 - Outfielder pictured in the '73 Cedar Rapids and '75 Iowa TCMA sets spent seven years in the Astro system before being traded to the Cubs for Keith Drumright. Javier, who had played briefly with Houston in 1976, never got back to the majors with the Cubs, and was left to finish his career with Tabasco of the Mexican League.
Iowa Oaks logo
2 Stan Javier Cards
Outfield
 
Houston Astros 1994 - 1999 logo
Acquired from San Francisco for then-Kissimmee Cobra Joe Messman on August 31, 1999. Got into 20 games and hit .328 in 64 at bats, then went 3 for 11 with a run scored in the NLDS vs. Atlanta
5 Domingo Jean Cards Pitcher
Couldn't cut the MustardHotshit prospect gone bust: Once considered to have had the inside track to the mound at Yankee Stadium, Jean couldn't even cut the mustard at AAA Tucson in '94.
9 Bernie Jenkins Cards Outfield
Seventh-round pick in the June '88 draft hit .292 in 63 games for the '89 Osceola squad, and played at AA in '90 with the Columbus Mudcats and '91 with the Jackson Generals
1989 - 1900 Columbus Mudcats logo
27 Jason Jennings Cards
Pitcher
 
Righthander and graduate of Baylor was acquired for Jason Hirsh, Taylor Buchholz and Willy Taveras in December of '06. What the Astros got was an injured soft-tosser who along the way managed to post a -11 Game Score, one of only nine starting performances that bad or worse in the previous 50 years. Signed with Texas for '08 and good riddance.
Houston Astros logo, 2000-
34 Charlton Jimerson Cards
Outfield
 
Houston Astros logo, 2000-
MVP of the 2001 College World Series for the University of Miami Hurricanes--and subsequent fifth-round pick of the 'Stros--had actually been drafted 24th by the 'Stros out of high school as well. Always at a very high level with the outfield defense, a similarly high strikeout rate throughout his minor league career prevented a more rapid rise. On September 4, 2006, became the third Astro in history after Jose Sosa and Dave Matranga to homer in his first major league at bat. Still, released during Spring 2007.

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CARDS I HAVE PLAYER POSITION REMARKS
2 Bazooka Joe Cards Icon
Topps included a card picturing the comic character wearing an Astros T-shirt in the 2003 version of the Bazooka set. You should click to see the whole thing--it's probably the coolest novelty subject card since Bill Clinton's.
2 Ryan Job Cards Infield
Asheville Tourists logo
After a year in the Pioneer League with the Butte City Copper Kings in 1981, Ryan took a year off, then was signed as a free agent by the Astros and placed at single A Asheville for 1983. By his final year in 1987, had gotten as high as AAA Tucson. Currently a member of the US Golf Association and competed in the State Team championships in 1999.
94 CHRIS JOHNSON Cards
Infield
 
After a shaky 2006 at Tri-City, fourth round pick out of Stetson showed in '07, splitting time between Lexington and High A Salem. Slugged .500 at AA Corpus in '08, and made his major league debut September of '09. Made the Houston squad out of Spring training in 2010 but was sent down after the games of April 17. Recalled in late June, Johnson was--if you are willing to consider players with 350 PA's or more--one of the five best rookies in all of major league baseball, leading them in batting average and finishing fourth in OPS. His 91 strikeouts, however, and his 15 walks, betrayed a flaw in his game that became more apparent in his sophomore year, one that got him traded to the Diamondbacks for a couple of minor leaguers on July 29, 2012
Lexington Legends logo
13 CLIFF JOHNSON Cards
Catcher/1st Base
 
Pinch Hit Grand Slam 6/15/75 St. Louis
Lexington Legends logo
2 Derrick Johnson Cards Pitcher
20th Round pick in the June '99 Free Agent Draft went 2 - 2 with a 4.18 at Martinsville iun 1999 and earned a promotion to Auburn for 2000, but that was it.
Martinsville Astros 1999 logo
3 Gregory Johnson Cards Pitcher
Asheville Tourists logo
Three-year single A guy was traded to Minnesota on May 16, 1989 for Mark Davidson
1 JJ Johnson Card Outfield
1991 - 1999 Jackson Generals logoMinor league free agent played with namesake AJ at Jackson in '99.
3 Jeremy Johnson Cards Pitcher
Lanky righthander signed as a MLFA for 2009. 2- 0 with a 1.98 in April for the Round Rock Express and named their Pitcher of the Month, but still, released before the end of July. Re-signed for 2010 and assigned to Corpus, Johnson made 22 starts for the Hooks, winning 5 and losing 10 with a complete game
Round Rock Express  logo
4 Jimmy Johnson Cards
Manager
 
2 - 1 with a 4.80 and 7 intentional walks in 32 innings for the 1974 Houston Astros Round Rock Express  logo
4 Jerry Johnson Cards Pitcher
Round Rock Express  logo
Not the old coach for the Dallas Cowboys; rather, a player in the Astros system for six years and a manager for eight more.
9 Ken Johnson Cards
Pitcher
 
Opening Day Starter in 64 --would go on to lose the no hitter that year
Houston Colt .45's logo
2 Lee Johnson Cards Pitcher
Johnson, along with outfielder Kevin Dean, was acquired from the Braves in exchange for noted Jetsons fan Charlie Kerfeld on April 29, 1990.
Osceola Astros 1985 - 1993 logo
4 Luther Johnson Cards Outfield
After playing at Martinsville--then a Phillies affiliate--in 1988, Johnson was released and signed by the Astros as a minor league free agent in April '89. Then played a couple years at Asheville and another at Osceola
Asheville Tourists logo
7 Mark Johnson Cards Pitcher
Kissimmee Cobras logo
Number one pick of the 'Stros (and number 19 overall) in the June '96 draft didn't pitch in '96 then was 8 - 9 with a 3.07 for the '97 Kissimmee Cobras. On December 16 of that year, became the player to be named later in the deal that nabbed Moises Alou for Houston. Florida placed him at AA Portland, where he was 5 - 14 with a 4.62, then shipped him off to the Yankees in the deal that netted the Marlins FIU graduate Mike Lowell. Lowell made the NL All Star team in 2002; Johnson still languishes in the high minors as of 2004.
3 Mitch Johnson Cards Pitcher
Tucson Toros logoFeatured in the 1989 Jones Photo set
2 Neiko Johnson Cards 2nd Baseman
NDFA led the 2011 Tri-city ValleyCats in walks and stolen bases, but only hit .236. Repeated at Troy in 2012 and led the club in neither while hitting .215 and was released at the conclusion of the season
Tri City ValleyCats logo
48 Randy Johnson Cards
Pitcher
 
Hired Gun in '98 went 10 - 1 with a 1.28. But at what cost? Houston Astros 1994 - 1999 logo
4 Ric Johnson Cards Outfield
1991 - 1999 Jackson Generals logo
With AJ, JJ, and Ric here, the Jackson Generals had three Johnsons on their team for 1999. No other organization had more than two.
3 Rich Johnson Cards Infield
Finished second in homers and sixth in RBI's in the SAL for 1986, despite getting called up to Osceola halfway through the season. Made the league all-star team and would have won the batting title, too, if he'd had enough AB's to qualify. Instead, Carlo Colombino won it at .339
Asheville Tourists logo
2 Rojo Johnson Cards Comedic Character
Mythological firebrand and reptile smuggler who supposedly touched 100 on the gun threw one questionable pitch and was ejected from an Express game at the Dell Diamond May 6, 2010. And oh yeah turned out to be comedian Will Ferrell in disguise
Round Rock Express logo
43 Russ Johnson Cards
Shortstop
 
From Russell with Glove New Orleans Zephyrs logo
3 Timmy Johnson Cards Shortstop
Greeneville Astros logo
Hit .192 AND made 21 errors at Rookie Greeneville in 2005; but as a seventh-round pick got another chance in 2006, and did worse. In 2007, became the first Astro I'd ever noticed to play three years of Rookie ball.
4 Zach Johnson Cards 1st Baseman
15th round pick in June 2011 led that year's Tri-City ValleyCats in Games, Total Bases, and RBI while not doing so well in the average stats. Led the SAL in RBI and co-led (with teammate Matt Duffy) in Games Played for the last ever Astros affiliate to play in Lexington. Split 2013 between Lancaster and Corpus, and actually hit .298 with an .897 OPS in the Cal League, but was released anyway August 5
Greeneville Astros logo
5 Chris Jones Cards
Outfield
 
Chris C Jones began playing minor league ball in 1984 and finally made the majors with the Reds in 1991. Signed as a free agent by the 'Stros for 1992, he got into 54 games as a pinch-hitter and hit .190. The Astros let him go, but he ended up playing 548 games in the majors, primarilly with the mid-nineties Mets.
Houston Astroslogo
5 Chris Jones Cards
Outfield/PH
 
Chris D. Jones spent eight years in the Astros system and was pictured in each of the Tucson Toros sets between '82 and '85. His best year was probably '81, when he hit .320 with 65 RBI for the Columbus AA squad, and he did see action for the big club in '85, when he appeared in 31 games, accumulating 5 hits in 25 at bats. Houston Astroslogo
3 Deacon Jones Cards Coach
Houston Astroslogo
Hitting Coach for the most part during the Virdon regime was hired in November of '75 and served through 1982.
53 Doug Jones Cards
Relief Pitcher
 
Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo'92 All Star pitched by far more innings (111-2/3) that year than any other in his 16-year major league career, and had by a good margin his lowest seasonal ERA (1.85). The following year the innings dropped by 26, and the ERA rose by 2 and a half points. . .
26 Jimmy Jones Cards
Pitcher
 
Back when it looked like Dwight Gooden would be a Hall-of-Famer, it was often pointed out that Jones had been drafted (by the Padres) ahead of Gooden in the '82 amateur draft. After Gooden began to unravel, then flamed out on cocaine, you heard that stuff less. But Gooden did win 194 major league games to Jones' 43, and the statement is still true. Anyway, Jones pitched for the 'Stros in '91 and '92, and managed 10 wins vs. 6 losses in '92.
Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo
1 Kendall Jones Card Catcher
13th Round Pick played in 36 games for the 2001 Pittsfield Astros, hitting .177 with 6 doubles and a triple Pittsfield Astros 2001 logo
1 Kevin Jones Card Batboy
Osceola Astros 1985 - 1993 logo
Although generally opposed to batboy cards and inclined to destroy them on principle . . .
1 Kirk Jones Card Batboy
Osceola Astros 1985 - 1993 logo.how can you destroy a card from the 85 Osceola set?
1 Mark Jones Card Pitcher
22nd round pick in 2009 pitched two years at Gulf Coast and another at Greeneville, winning 3 and losing 4 all told, before being released in November of 2011
Greeneville Astros bannerlogo
2 Marty Jones Cards Outfield
Roamed the outfield for the 1990 Auburn Astros, hitting .200 in 30 games, then attempted to switch to pitching for the 1991 season. I guess that didn't go too well, as the Astros released Jones sometime during the 1991 campaign 1983 - 1994 Auburn Astros logo
1 Mike Jones Card Outfield
Cedar Rapids Astros logo
Mike L. Jones hit .256 with 2 homers and 12 RBI for the 1973 Rookie League Covington Astros, then hit .190 with 3 homers and 20 RBI for the 1974 Cedar Rapids squad, for whom he made his only card appearance. Released by the Astros at the end of '74, he played one more year for the Northwest League Boise A's.
6 Rex Jones Cards Trainer
Began his career at Sarasota in 1978, and worked his way up through the minors (making six card appearances at Columbus and Tucson), until finally being called by the big club to serve as assistant trainer in 1994. He has assisted Head Trainer Dave Labossiere ever since.
Houston Astros logo, 2000 -
87 Todd Jones Cards
Relief Pitcher
 
Sandwich pick for Nolan Ryan eventually earned the closer's spot in Houston, racking up 39 saves between '93 and '96.
Houston Astros 1994 - 1999 logo
3 Kevin Jordan Cards Infield
Light-hitting infielder got to High A for the 2000 Kissimmee Cobras, then made it pay off on August 9 of that year, when he had seven RBIs in a game at the Brevard County Manatees.
Kissimmee Cobras logo
5 Jesse Joyce Cards Outfield
1995 - 2000 Auburn Doubledays logo
Hit .306 in 41 games for the '98 Auburn Doubledays after being the Astros's eighth-round pick earlier that year. Played four games for High A Kissimmee in 2000 before finishing off his Astro career with the Lexington Legends in 2001.
2 Terrell Joyce Cards Leftfield
Led the 2012 Greeneville squad in homers, but was also second in strikeouts after being the Astros' 28th round pick in the preceding June's draft. OPSed .567 in 72 Games at Quad Cities in 2013
Greeneville Astros logo
52 Jeff Juden Cards
Pitcher
 
#1 Draft Pick in '89 was an FSL All-Star in 1990 after going 10 - 1 with a 2.27 for the Osceola Astros. Won 27 games in the majors -- including 11 in 1997 -- although none for the Astros.
Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo
8 Skip Jutze Cards
Catcher
 
After having participated in a mind-numbing nine double plays as a catcher in the 1969 Florida State League, and being named the Arkansas Travelers' "most popular player" in 1971, Jutze was acquired by the 'Stros on 11/28/72 with Milt Ramirez (?) from the Cards for ex-hot-prospects Ray Busse and Bobby Fenwick. After not exactly setting the world on fire backing up Johnny Edwards in '73, was an American Association All-Star in '74 for the Denver Bears when he hit .321. Dropped back in Houston in 1975, he backed up Milt May in 1975 and Ed Herrmann in 1976, hitting .226 and .152. Jutze was traded to the new Seattle Mariner club on January 12, 1977 for minor leaguer Alan Griffin.
Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo
2 Bazooka Joe Cards Icon
Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo
Topps included a card picturing the comic character wearing an Astros T-shirt in the 2003 version of the Bazooka set. You should click to see the whole thing--it's probably the coolest novelty subject card since Bill Clinton's.
2 Ryan Job Cards Infield
After a year in the Pioneer League with the Butte City Copper Kings in 1981, Ryan took a year off, then was signed as a free agent by the Astros and placed at single A Asheville for 1983. By his final year in 1987, had gotten as high as AAA Tucson. Currently a member of the US Golf Association and competed in the State Team championships in 1999.
Asheville Tourists logo
94 CHRIS JOHNSON Cards
Infield
 
After a shaky 2006 at Tri-City, fourth round pick out of Stetson showed in '07, splitting time between Lexington and High A Salem. Slugged .500 at AA Corpus in '08, and made his major league debut September of '09. Made the Houston squad out of Spring training in 2010 but was sent down after the games of April 17. Recalled in late June, Johnson was--if you are willing to consider players with 350 PA's or more--one of the five best rookies in all of major league baseball, leading them in batting average and finishing fourth in OPS. His 91 strikeouts, however, and his 15 walks, betrayed a flaw in his game that became more apparent in his sophomore year, one that got him traded to the Diamondbacks for a couple of minor leaguers on July 29, 2012
Lexington Legends logo
13 CLIFF JOHNSON Cards
Catcher/1st Base
 
Pinch Hit Grand Slam 6/15/75 St. Louis Lexington Legends logo
2 Derrick Johnson Cards Pitcher
Martinsville Astros 1999 logo
20th Round pick in the June '99 Free Agent Draft went 2 - 2 with a 4.18 at Martinsville iun 1999 and earned a promotion to Auburn for 2000, but that was it.
3 Gregory Johnson Cards Pitcher
Three-year single A guy was traded to Minnesota on May 16, 1989 for Mark Davidson
Asheville Tourists logo
1 JJ Johnson Card Outfield
Minor league free agent played with namesake AJ at Jackson in '99.
1991 - 1999 Jackson Generals logo
3 Jeremy Johnson Cards Pitcher
Lanky righthander signed as a MLFA for 2009. 2- 0 with a 1.98 in April for the Round Rock Express and named their Pitcher of the Month, but still, released before the end of July. Re-signed for 2010 and assigned to Corpus, Johnson made 22 starts for the Hooks, winning 5 and losing 10 with a complete game Round Rock Express  logo
4 Jimmy Johnson Cards
Manager
 
Round Rock Express  logo
2 - 1 with a 4.80 and 7 intentional walks in 32 innings for the 1974 Houston Astros
4 Jerry Johnson Cards Pitcher
Round Rock Express  logoNot the old coach for the Dallas Cowboys; rather, a player in the Astros system for six years and a manager for eight more.
9 Ken Johnson Cards
Pitcher
 
Opening Day Starter in 64 --would go on to lose the no hitter that year
Houston Colt .45's logo
2 Lee Johnson Cards Pitcher
Johnson, along with outfielder Kevin Dean, was acquired from the Braves in exchange for noted Jetsons fan Charlie Kerfeld on April 29, 1990. Osceola Astros 1985 - 1993 logo
4 Luther Johnson Cards Outfield
Asheville Tourists logo
After playing at Martinsville--then a Phillies affiliate--in 1988, Johnson was released and signed by the Astros as a minor league free agent in April '89. Then played a couple years at Asheville and another at Osceola
7 Mark Johnson Cards Pitcher
Number one pick of the 'Stros (and number 19 overall) in the June '96 draft didn't pitch in '96 then was 8 - 9 with a 3.07 for the '97 Kissimmee Cobras. On December 16 of that year, became the player to be named later in the deal that nabbed Moises Alou for Houston. Florida placed him at AA Portland, where he was 5 - 14 with a 4.62, then shipped him off to the Yankees in the deal that netted the Marlins FIU graduate Mike Lowell. Lowell made the NL All Star team in 2002; Johnson still languishes in the high minors as of 2004.
Kissimmee Cobras logo
3 Mitch Johnson Cards Pitcher
Featured in the 1989 Jones Photo set
Tucson Toros logo
2 Neiko Johnson Cards 2nd Baseman
NDFA led the 2011 Tri-city ValleyCats in walks and stolen bases, but only hit .236. Repeated at Troy in 2012 and led the club in neither while hitting .215 and was released at the conclusion of the season Tri City ValleyCats logo
48 Randy Johnson Cards
Pitcher
 
Houston Astros 1994 - 1999 logo
Hired Gun in '98 went 10 - 1 with a 1.28. But at what cost?
4 Ric Johnson Cards Outfield
1991 - 1999 Jackson Generals logoWith AJ, JJ, and Ric here, the Jackson Generals had three Johnsons on their team for 1999. No other organization had more than two.
3 Rich Johnson Cards Infield
Finished second in homers and sixth in RBI's in the SAL for 1986, despite getting called up to Osceola halfway through the season. Made the league all-star team and would have won the batting title, too, if he'd had enough AB's to qualify. Instead, Carlo Colombino won it at .339
Asheville Tourists logo
2 Rojo Johnson Cards Comedic Character
Mythological firebrand and reptile smuggler who supposedly touched 100 on the gun threw one questionable pitch and was ejected from an Express game at the Dell Diamond May 6, 2010. And oh yeah turned out to be comedian Will Ferrell in disguise Round Rock Express logo
43 Russ Johnson Cards
Shortstop
 
New Orleans Zephyrs logo
From Russell with Glove
3 Timmy Johnson Cards Shortstop
Hit .192 AND made 21 errors at Rookie Greeneville in 2005; but as a seventh-round pick got another chance in 2006, and did worse. In 2007, became the first Astro I'd ever noticed to play three years of Rookie ball.
Greeneville Astros logo
4 Zach Johnson Cards 1st Baseman
15th round pick in June 2011 led that year's Tri-City ValleyCats in Games, Total Bases, and RBI while not doing so well in the average stats. Led the SAL in RBI and co-led (with teammate Matt Duffy) in Games Played for the last ever Astros affiliate to play in Lexington. Split 2013 between Lancaster and Corpus, and actually hit .298 with an .897 OPS in the Cal League, but was released anyway August 5
Greeneville Astros logo
5 Chris Jones Cards
Outfield
 
Chris C Jones began playing minor league ball in 1984 and finally made the majors with the Reds in 1991. Signed as a free agent by the 'Stros for 1992, he got into 54 games as a pinch-hitter and hit .190. The Astros let him go, but he ended up playing 548 games in the majors, primarilly with the mid-nineties Mets. Houston Astroslogo
5 Chris Jones Cards
Outfield/PH
 
Houston Astroslogo
Chris D. Jones spent eight years in the Astros system and was pictured in each of the Tucson Toros sets between '82 and '85. His best year was probably '81, when he hit .320 with 65 RBI for the Columbus AA squad, and he did see action for the big club in '85, when he appeared in 31 games, accumulating 5 hits in 25 at bats.
3 Deacon Jones Cards Coach
Houston AstroslogoHitting Coach for the most part during the Virdon regime was hired in November of '75 and served through 1982.
53 Doug Jones Cards
Relief Pitcher
 
'92 All Star pitched by far more innings (111-2/3) that year than any other in his 16-year major league career, and had by a good margin his lowest seasonal ERA (1.85). The following year the innings dropped by 26, and the ERA rose by 2 and a half points. . .
Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo
26 Jimmy Jones Cards
Pitcher
 
Back when it looked like Dwight Gooden would be a Hall-of-Famer, it was often pointed out that Jones had been drafted (by the Padres) ahead of Gooden in the '82 amateur draft. After Gooden began to unravel, then flamed out on cocaine, you heard that stuff less. But Gooden did win 194 major league games to Jones' 43, and the statement is still true. Anyway, Jones pitched for the 'Stros in '91 and '92, and managed 10 wins vs. 6 losses in '92.
Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo
1 Kendall Jones Card Catcher
Pittsfield Astros 2001 logo
13th Round Pick played in 36 games for the 2001 Pittsfield Astros, hitting .177 with 6 doubles and a triple
1 Kevin Jones Card Batboy
Osceola Astros 1985 - 1993 logoAlthough generally opposed to batboy cards and inclined to destroy them on principle . . .
1 Kirk Jones Card Batboy
.how can you destroy a card from the 85 Osceola set?
Osceola Astros 1985 - 1993 logo
1 Mark Jones Card Pitcher
22nd round pick in 2009 pitched two years at Gulf Coast and another at Greeneville, winning 3 and losing 4 all told, before being released in November of 2011
Greeneville Astros bannerlogo
2 Marty Jones Cards Outfield
1983 - 1994 Auburn Astros logo
Roamed the outfield for the 1990 Auburn Astros, hitting .200 in 30 games, then attempted to switch to pitching for the 1991 season. I guess that didn't go too well, as the Astros released Jones sometime during the 1991 campaign
1 Mike Jones Card Outfield
Cedar Rapids Astros logoMike L. Jones hit .256 with 2 homers and 12 RBI for the 1973 Rookie League Covington Astros, then hit .190 with 3 homers and 20 RBI for the 1974 Cedar Rapids squad, for whom he made his only card appearance. Released by the Astros at the end of '74, he played one more year for the Northwest League Boise A's.
6 Rex Jones Cards Trainer
Began his career at Sarasota in 1978, and worked his way up through the minors (making six card appearances at Columbus and Tucson), until finally being called by the big club to serve as assistant trainer in 1994. He has assisted Head Trainer Dave Labossiere ever since.
Houston Astros logo, 2000 -
87 Todd Jones Cards
Relief Pitcher
 
Sandwich pick for Nolan Ryan eventually earned the closer's spot in Houston, racking up 39 saves between '93 and '96. Houston Astros 1994 - 1999 logo
3 Kevin Jordan Cards Infield
Kissimmee Cobras logo
Light-hitting infielder got to High A for the 2000 Kissimmee Cobras, then made it pay off on August 9 of that year, when he had seven RBIs in a game at the Brevard County Manatees.
5 Jesse Joyce Cards Outfield
1995 - 2000 Auburn Doubledays logoHit .306 in 41 games for the '98 Auburn Doubledays after being the Astros's eighth-round pick earlier that year. Played four games for High A Kissimmee in 2000 before finishing off his Astro career with the Lexington Legends in 2001.
2 Terrell Joyce Cards Leftfield
Led the 2012 Greeneville squad in homers, but was also second in strikeouts after being the Astros' 28th round pick in the preceding June's draft. OPSed .567 in 72 Games at Quad Cities in 2013
Greeneville Astros logo
52 Jeff Juden Cards
Pitcher
 
#1 Draft Pick in '89 was an FSL All-Star in 1990 after going 10 - 1 with a 2.27 for the Osceola Astros. Won 27 games in the majors -- including 11 in 1997 -- although none for the Astros. Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo
8 Skip Jutze Cards
Catcher
 
Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo
After having participated in a mind-numbing nine double plays as a catcher in the 1969 Florida State League, and being named the Arkansas Travelers' "most popular player" in 1971, Jutze was acquired by the 'Stros on 11/28/72 with Milt Ramirez (?) from the Cards for ex-hot-prospects Ray Busse and Bobby Fenwick. After not exactly setting the world on fire backing up Johnny Edwards in '73, was an American Association All-Star in '74 for the Denver Bears when he hit .321. Dropped back in Houston in 1975, he backed up Milt May in 1975 and Ed Herrmann in 1976, hitting .226 and .152. Jutze was traded to the new Seattle Mariner club on January 12, 1977 for minor leaguer Alan Griffin.
2 Bazooka Joe Cards Icon
Topps included a card picturing the comic character wearing an Astros T-shirt in the 2003 version of the Bazooka set. You should click to see the whole thing--it's probably the coolest novelty subject card since Bill Clinton's.
Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo
2 Ryan Job Cards Infield
After a year in the Pioneer League with the Butte City Copper Kings in 1981, Ryan took a year off, then was signed as a free agent by the Astros and placed at single A Asheville for 1983. By his final year in 1987, had gotten as high as AAA Tucson. Currently a member of the US Golf Association and competed in the State Team championships in 1999.
Asheville Tourists logo
94 CHRIS JOHNSON Cards
Infield
 
After a shaky 2006 at Tri-City, fourth round pick out of Stetson showed in '07, splitting time between Lexington and High A Salem. Slugged .500 at AA Corpus in '08, and made his major league debut September of '09. Made the Houston squad out of Spring training in 2010 but was sent down after the games of April 17. Recalled in late June, Johnson was--if you are willing to consider players with 350 PA's or more--one of the five best rookies in all of major league baseball, leading them in batting average and finishing fourth in OPS. His 91 strikeouts, however, and his 15 walks, betrayed a flaw in his game that became more apparent in his sophomore year, one that got him traded to the Diamondbacks for a couple of minor leaguers on July 29, 2012
Lexington Legends logo
13 CLIFF JOHNSON Cards
Catcher/1st Base
 
Lexington Legends logo
Pinch Hit Grand Slam 6/15/75 St. Louis
2 Derrick Johnson Cards Pitcher
20th Round pick in the June '99 Free Agent Draft went 2 - 2 with a 4.18 at Martinsville iun 1999 and earned a promotion to Auburn for 2000, but that was it.
Martinsville Astros 1999 logo
3 Gregory Johnson Cards Pitcher
Three-year single A guy was traded to Minnesota on May 16, 1989 for Mark Davidson
Asheville Tourists logo
1 JJ Johnson Card Outfield
Minor league free agent played with namesake AJ at Jackson in '99. 1991 - 1999 Jackson Generals logo
3 Jeremy Johnson Cards Pitcher
Round Rock Express  logo
Lanky righthander signed as a MLFA for 2009. 2- 0 with a 1.98 in April for the Round Rock Express and named their Pitcher of the Month, but still, released before the end of July. Re-signed for 2010 and assigned to Corpus, Johnson made 22 starts for the Hooks, winning 5 and losing 10 with a complete game
4 Jimmy Johnson Cards
Manager
 
Round Rock Express  logo2 - 1 with a 4.80 and 7 intentional walks in 32 innings for the 1974 Houston Astros
4 Jerry Johnson Cards Pitcher
Not the old coach for the Dallas Cowboys; rather, a player in the Astros system for six years and a manager for eight more.
Round Rock Express  logo
9 Ken Johnson Cards
Pitcher
 
Opening Day Starter in 64 --would go on to lose the no hitter that year
Houston Colt .45's logo
2 Lee Johnson Cards Pitcher
Osceola Astros 1985 - 1993 logo
Johnson, along with outfielder Kevin Dean, was acquired from the Braves in exchange for noted Jetsons fan Charlie Kerfeld on April 29, 1990.
4 Luther Johnson Cards Outfield
After playing at Martinsville--then a Phillies affiliate--in 1988, Johnson was released and signed by the Astros as a minor league free agent in April '89. Then played a couple years at Asheville and another at Osceola
Asheville Tourists logo
7 Mark Johnson Cards Pitcher
Number one pick of the 'Stros (and number 19 overall) in the June '96 draft didn't pitch in '96 then was 8 - 9 with a 3.07 for the '97 Kissimmee Cobras. On December 16 of that year, became the player to be named later in the deal that nabbed Moises Alou for Houston. Florida placed him at AA Portland, where he was 5 - 14 with a 4.62, then shipped him off to the Yankees in the deal that netted the Marlins FIU graduate Mike Lowell. Lowell made the NL All Star team in 2002; Johnson still languishes in the high minors as of 2004.
Kissimmee Cobras logo
3 Mitch Johnson Cards Pitcher
Featured in the 1989 Jones Photo set Tucson Toros logo
2 Neiko Johnson Cards 2nd Baseman
Tri City ValleyCats logo
NDFA led the 2011 Tri-city ValleyCats in walks and stolen bases, but only hit .236. Repeated at Troy in 2012 and led the club in neither while hitting .215 and was released at the conclusion of the season
48 Randy Johnson Cards
Pitcher
 
Houston Astros 1994 - 1999 logoHired Gun in '98 went 10 - 1 with a 1.28. But at what cost?
4 Ric Johnson Cards Outfield
With AJ, JJ, and Ric here, the Jackson Generals had three Johnsons on their team for 1999. No other organization had more than two.
1991 - 1999 Jackson Generals logo
3 Rich Johnson Cards Infield
Finished second in homers and sixth in RBI's in the SAL for 1986, despite getting called up to Osceola halfway through the season. Made the league all-star team and would have won the batting title, too, if he'd had enough AB's to qualify. Instead, Carlo Colombino won it at .339
Asheville Tourists logo
2 Rojo Johnson Cards Comedic Character
Round Rock Express logo
Mythological firebrand and reptile smuggler who supposedly touched 100 on the gun threw one questionable pitch and was ejected from an Express game at the Dell Diamond May 6, 2010. And oh yeah turned out to be comedian Will Ferrell in disguise
43 Russ Johnson Cards
Shortstop
 
New Orleans Zephyrs logoFrom Russell with Glove
3 Timmy Johnson Cards Shortstop
Hit .192 AND made 21 errors at Rookie Greeneville in 2005; but as a seventh-round pick got another chance in 2006, and did worse. In 2007, became the first Astro I'd ever noticed to play three years of Rookie ball.
Greeneville Astros logo
4 Zach Johnson Cards 1st Baseman
15th round pick in June 2011 led that year's Tri-City ValleyCats in Games, Total Bases, and RBI while not doing so well in the average stats. Led the SAL in RBI and co-led (with teammate Matt Duffy) in Games Played for the last ever Astros affiliate to play in Lexington. Split 2013 between Lancaster and Corpus, and actually hit .298 with an .897 OPS in the Cal League, but was released anyway August 5
Greeneville Astros logo
5 Chris Jones Cards
Outfield
 
Houston Astroslogo
Chris C Jones began playing minor league ball in 1984 and finally made the majors with the Reds in 1991. Signed as a free agent by the 'Stros for 1992, he got into 54 games as a pinch-hitter and hit .190. The Astros let him go, but he ended up playing 548 games in the majors, primarilly with the mid-nineties Mets.
5 Chris Jones Cards
Outfield/PH
 
Houston AstroslogoChris D. Jones spent eight years in the Astros system and was pictured in each of the Tucson Toros sets between '82 and '85. His best year was probably '81, when he hit .320 with 65 RBI for the Columbus AA squad, and he did see action for the big club in '85, when he appeared in 31 games, accumulating 5 hits in 25 at bats.
3 Deacon Jones Cards Coach
Hitting Coach for the most part during the Virdon regime was hired in November of '75 and served through 1982.
Houston Astroslogo
53 Doug Jones Cards
Relief Pitcher
 
'92 All Star pitched by far more innings (111-2/3) that year than any other in his 16-year major league career, and had by a good margin his lowest seasonal ERA (1.85). The following year the innings dropped by 26, and the ERA rose by 2 and a half points. . . Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo
26 Jimmy Jones Cards
Pitcher
 
Houston Astros 1965 - 1993 logo
Back when it looked like Dwight Gooden would be a Hall-of-Famer, it was often pointed out that Jones had been drafted (by the Padres) ahead of Gooden in the '82 amateur draft. After Gooden began to unravel, then flamed out on cocaine, you heard that stuff less. But Gooden did win 194 major league games to Jones' 43, and the statement is still true. Anyway, Jones pitched for the 'Stros in '91 and '92, and managed 10 wins vs. 6 losses in '92.
1 Kendall Jones Card Catcher
Pittsfield Astros 2001 logo13th Round Pick played in 36 games for the 2001 Pittsfield Astros, hitting .177 with 6 doubles and a triple
1 Kevin Jones Card Batboy
Although generally opposed to batboy cards and inclined to destroy them on principle . . .
Osceola Astros 1985 - 1993 logo
1 Kirk Jones Card Batboy
.how can you destroy a card from the 85 Osceola set? Osceola Astros 1985 - 1993 logo
1 Mark Jones Card Pitcher
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22nd round pick in 2009 pitched two years at Gulf Coast and another at Greeneville, winning 3 and losing 4 all told, before being released in November of 2011
2 Marty Jones Cards Outfield
1983 - 1994 Auburn Astros logoRoamed the outfield for the 1990 Auburn Astros, hitting .200 in 30 games, then attempted to switch to pitching for the 1991 season. I guess that didn't go too well, as the Astros released Jones sometime during the 1991 campaign
1 Mike Jones Card Outfield
Mike L. Jones hit .256 with 2 homers and 12 RBI for the 1973 Rookie League Covington Astros, then hit .190 with 3 homers and 20 RBI for the 1974 Cedar Rapids squad, for whom he made his only card appearance. Released by the Astros at the end of '74, he played one more year for the Northwest League Boise A's.
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6 Rex Jones Cards Trainer
Began his career at Sarasota in 1978, and worked his way up through the minors (making six card appearances at Columbus and Tucson), until finally being called by the big club to serve as assistant trainer in 1994. He has assisted Head Trainer Dave Labossiere ever since.
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87 Todd Jones Cards
Relief Pitcher
 
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Sandwich pick for Nolan Ryan eventually earned the closer's spot in Houston, racking up 39 saves between '93 and '96.
3 Kevin Jordan Cards Infield
Light-hitting infielder got to High A for the 2000 Kissimmee Cobras, then made it pay off on August 9 of that year, when he had seven RBIs in a game at the Brevard County Manatees.
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5 Jesse Joyce Cards Outfield
Hit .306 in 41 games for the '98 Auburn Doubledays after being the Astros's eighth-round pick earlier that year. Played four games for High A Kissimmee in 2000 before finishing off his Astro career with the Lexington Legends in 2001.
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2 Terrell Joyce Cards Leftfield
Led the 2012 Greeneville squad in homers, but was also second in strikeouts after being the Astros' 28th round pick in the preceding June's draft. OPSed .567 in 72 Games at Quad Cities in 2013
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52 Jeff Juden Cards
Pitcher
 
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#1 Draft Pick in '89 was an FSL All-Star in 1990 after going 10 - 1 with a 2.27 for the Osceola Astros. Won 27 games in the majors -- including 11 in 1997 -- although none for the Astros.
8 Skip Jutze Cards
Catcher
 
After having participated in a mind-numbing nine double plays as a catcher in the 1969 Florida State League, and being named the Arkansas Travelers' "most popular player" in 1971, Jutze was acquired by the 'Stros on 11/28/72 with Milt Ramirez (?) from the Cards for ex-hot-prospects Ray Busse and Bobby Fenwick. After not exactly setting the world on fire backing up Johnny Edwards in '73, was an American Association All-Star in '74 for the Denver Bears when he hit .321. Dropped back in Houston in 1975, he backed up Milt May in 1975 and Ed Herrmann in 1976, hitting .226 and .152. Jutze was traded to the new Seattle Mariner club on January 12, 1977 for minor leaguer Alan Griffin.
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