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Astros Buy Contract of Former Flame Just

January 4, 2008
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Former Liberty Flames baseball player Michael Just's minor league contract was recently bought by the Houston Astros

Former Liberty Flames baseball player Michael Just's minor league contract was recently bought by the Houston Astros

The Northern League's Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have sold the contract of former Liberty University Flames second baseman Michael Just to the Houston Astros organization.

Just, the 2007 Northern League Rookie of the Year, became the third former Flame to sign a minor league contract in 2007. Michael Solbach, who signed with the Arizona after being drafted by the organization in the 2007 Major League Draft, and Phillip Laurent, who signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Padres, also inked minor league deals within the past year.

A native of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., Just was a three-year starter at second base for the Flames. In 206 career games, the second baseman hit .328 with 151 runs scored, 110 RBI and 46 doubles. In his senior season, Just led the Flames in hitting with a .379 average and set a single-season school record with 94 hits.

Just, who played for the Flames from 2003 to 2006, finished the season as the top defensive second baseman in the independent Northern League with a .990 fielding percentage. He also finished the year ranked seventh in the league in batting with a .336 average. In 91 games at second, he led Fargo-Moorhead in batting average, doubles (24) and stolen bases (20), while committing only five errors in the field.

The RedHawks acquired the second baseman from the River City Rascals of the Frontier League in mid-May, where he had hit .317 in 52 games. For his professional career, Just has a .327 batting average.

Just will be assigned to a minor league team later this month by the Astros.