01/24/2007 6:10 PM ET
Astros to host Nolan Ryan and Jeff Bagwell Elite Camps
Major Leaguers Burke, Lane and Lidge, plus top prospects to attend camp at Minute Maid Park next week, from Jan. 29-Feb. 2
HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros announced today that the club will host the Nolan Ryan Elite Pitching and Jeff Bagwell Elite Hitting Camps next week, beginning Monday, Jan. 29 and lasting through Friday, Feb. 2, at Minute Maid Park. The announcement was made by General Manager Tim Purpura.
Three players who spent the 2006 season with the big league club will be attending: outfielders Chris Burke (.276, 9 HR, 40 RBI, 11 steals) and Jason Lane (.201, 15 HR, 45 RBI) and right-handed pitcher Brad Lidge (1-5, 5.28 ERA, 32 saves). Also attending the camp are right-handers Chris Sampson and Lincoln Holdzkom. Sampson spent parts of the 2006 season with the Astros (2-1, 2.12 ERA), while Holdzkom was selected by the Astros from the Chicago Cubs in the Major League Rule V draft in December.
The pitching portion of the camp will be directed by Hall of Famer Ryan, who is in his fourth season as a special assistant to the general manager. Bagwell, the franchise's all-time home run leader, will direct the hitting element of the Elite Camp. Manager Phil Garner will also serve as one of the directors of the camp. This year will mark Ryan's third year as a director of the camp while it is Bagwell's first. Bagwell signed a personal services agreement with the Astros after announcing his retirement on December 15.
Assisting in the camp will be Astros minor league field coordinator Tom Wiedenbauer, director of pitching development Dewey Robinson, hitting coach Sean Berry, pitching coach Dave Wallace, bullpen coach Mark Bailey, bullpen catcher Javier Bracamonte, minor league hitting coordinator Orv Franchuk, minor league assistant pitching coordinator Jamie Garcia, Major League strength and conditioning coaches Dr. Gene Coleman and Nathan Lucero, minor league strength and conditioning coordinator Mike Smith and minor league coordinator of training, conditioning, and rehabilitation Pete Fagan.
The times of the camp will be 10 AM-1:45 PM on the first four days of the camp, Monday, Jan. 29 through Thursday, Feb. 1. On Friday, Feb. 2, the time of the camp will be 9 AM-12:30 PM. The first workout each day will include the pitchers, while the position players will follow.
Workouts will be open to the media, with player and staff availability at the conclusion of each day's workout.
Astros pitchers scheduled to attend the event include the following: Right-handers Lidge, Sampson and Holdzkom, Matt Albers, Tip Fairchild, Casey Hudspeth, Brad James, Bud Norris, Sergio Perez, Chad Reineke, and left-handers Brian Bogusevic, Troy Patton and Chris Salamida.
In addition to Burke and Lane, position players attending the camp include infielders Koby Clemens, Brooks Conrad, Chris Johnson and Tommy Manzella; catchers Ralph Henriquez, Lou Santangelo, J.R. Towles and Max Sapp; outfielders Josh Flores, Eli Iorg, Hunter Pence and Mike Rodriguez.