The Houston Astros are the latest major league organization to dip into the deep Independent Baseball talent pool for a minor league manager.

The rookie-level Greeneville Astros have tabbed Lamarr Rogers, who has been a coach with the St. Paul Saints for the last 16 seasons, to lead Houston’s Appalachian League team.

Rogers was a standout minor league infielder and outfielder for eight seasons, including 1997-98 with the Saints, before he turned to coaching in St. Paul the next year.  He has been the hitting coach since ’04, helping the American Association team to the playoffs seven times, including four championship series appearances.

“I’m excited to join the Astros family, manage the players, and help them get better so they can ultimately reach their goals of getting to the big leagues,” Rogers told


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