Adam Everett with the Astros for a while
Adam Everett made his mark with the Astros as a slick-fielding shortstop from 2001-07. His talents are now being used as the Astros’ infield instructor.
Everett was at Minute Maid Park over the weekend helping out Astros infielders when needed.
But it’s on the minor league level where Everett is busiest. He’s been to all of the Houston affiliates and has seen the talent that the Astros have been stockpiling up close.
“They’re getting guys that play the game the right way, the Astros way,” said Everett. “The way (Craig) Biggio and (Jeff) Bagwell taught me how to play the game. Play hard and play every day.”
Everett is well versed with the middle infielders throughout the organization. And to no surprise he’s extremely high on shortstop Carlos Correa, the first overall selection of the 2012 baseball draft. Correa is hitting .321 with five home runs and 49 RBIs at Class A Quad Cities.
“He’s the real deal,” said Everett. “They’re going to be super excited to have him when he gets here.”
A shortstop that may be with the Astros shortly is switch hitter Jonathan Villar, who is having a solid season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Villar is hitting .280 with eight home runs and 30 stolen bases.
“He’s a great player, a great talent,” said Everett. “This kid’s done everything they’ve asked him to do in Triple A and it’s just a matter of time to see what he can do at this level.
“He’s a good all-around player. He can be a good player for a long time.”
Second baseman Delino DeShields, along with Correa and outfielder George Springer, played in the All-Star Futures Game. DeShields is hitting .288 with 31 stolen bases at Class A advanced Lancaster.
“He’s got a good chance to be an impactful player at the big league level,” said Everett. “He’s an offensive player. He can run, he can steal bases.”
A player that Everett said to keep an eye on is Nolan Fontana, who is hitting .274 at Lancaster with 72 walks in 72 games. Fontana currently is playing shortstop but he can play a number of positions.
“I like Nolan Fontana a lot,” said Everett. “He’s a baseball player. He likes to play the game and I’m a big fan.”
Everett said Astros fans should be excited about the number of good prospects in the farm system.
“It’s going to be fun to watch these guys get up here,” said Everett. “They have a lot to look forward to. They’re doing things the right way.”