Tommy Manzella - Professional Career - Houston Astros

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He was drafted by the Astros in the 3rd round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft. Manzella went on to play for the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League. He played in 53 games and finished with a .232 batting average in 220 at-bats with 18 RBIs, and 5 stolen bases.

He was promoted to the Lexington Legends in 2006, where he played 99 games and finished with a .275 batting average in 338 at-bats with 7 home runs, 43 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases along with a .956 fielding percentage. In 2007, Manzella split time between the Salem Avalanche and Corpus Christi Hooks, playing in 121 games with a .264 combined batting average in 451 at bats with 1 home run, 39 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases.

In 2008, Manzella played in 54 games with the Hooks before being promoted to the Triple-A Round Rock Express, where he struggled with a .219 batting average with 0 home runs and 15 RBIs, but had his best fielding percentage at .989.

The Astros signed Manzella to a one-year, $400,000 major league contract on February 15 after having added him to the 40-man roster in November, which protected him from the Rule 5 draft. He was called up to the major leagues along with Chris Johnson and Billy Sadler by the Astros from the Round Rock Express.

On August 10, 2011, he was designated for assignment.

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