Nash was promoted to Double-A Birmingham on Friday. The 26-year-old has been white hot since returning to action with High-A Winston-Salem, posting a 1.330 OPS in seven games with the Dash. However, Nash is much older than many of the others playing at that level, so expectations of his performance with the Barons should be tempered.
Nash (suspension) is back in action for High-A Winston-Salem and has gone 5-for-9 with two homers through his first three games since returning. Nash missed the first 50 games of the season to a suspension for testing positive for an amphetamine. While Nash has put up solid numbers with High-A Winston-Salem over the past two seasons (.273 with 13 homers through 154 at-bats), he hasn't progressed past the Double-A level and may never do so.
MLB.com reports Astros prospect Telvin Nash reported to minor-league camp 30 pounds lighter. "I had to make a change for myself," he said. "[The team] preached to me about some things, but really I had to take it upon myself. This is my career and the best way for me to have success is to lose weight. My weight was getting outrageous, so I had to lose weight to show these guys I am really dedicated to baseball and this is what I love to do. If you love the game, you're willing to put in the work to be the best." Nash said his lighter frame will help him in the field. "I just feel all around much better," he said. "I feel faster at first base and in the outfield when I track balls down. If I'm holding a runner, I can get off the base and make a routine play. ... In the past, a ground ball was hit right at me and it was kind of tough. I made it look much more difficult than it really was. I feel much more explosive, I'm in shape and I'm healthier, too."