Bobby Borchering, one of two players the Astros acquired from the D-backs in last month's Chris Johnson trade, has made the transition back to third base after playing the outfield the first half of this year while with Arizona. Borchering came up as a third baseman, but he was moved to the outfield prior to this year.
"We just decided, based on some of his past numbers and where he was when he joined the Diamondbacks, that we're going to pursue the opportunity at third base because he's a switch-hitter with some power," said Astros director of player development Fred Nelson. "It's going to be a little bit of a remake, and will take some hard work on his part, but he's progressed very noticeably."
Borchering is hitting .275 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 13 games since joining Double-A Corpus Christi, and he was scheduled to undergo a precautionary X-ray on Monday for an ankle injury.
"He's swung the bat very well, and is an impressive offensive player for us," Nelson said. "He's well-liked and works hard and is anxious. He's a sponge, trying to take in a lot of information as we work with him at third base."