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Astros Purchase Contract Of Mike Just

December 21, 2007 - Northern League (NL) - Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks News Release

FARGO, N.D. - Mike Just is getting an early Christmas present: his first chance with a Major League organization. The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have sold the contract of Just to the Houston Astros organization, the Northern League club announced.

Just, 24, was named the 2007 Northern League Rookie of the Year in his first year with the RedHawks. He was acquired from the River City (Mo.) Rascals of the Frontier League during spring training. Just batted a team-high .336 with 24 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 55 RBIs and 56 runs scored in 94 games. He posted a .420 on-base percentage and stole a team-high 20 bases.

In addition to his offensive prowess, Just was also the leading defensive second baseman in the Northern League in 2007. In 91 games at second base, he posted a league-high .990 fielding percentage. Just committed only five errors in 507 total chances while recording 305 assists.

Just began his professional career in 2006, signing with River City after completing his college career at Liberty (Va.) University. He batted .317 with 12 doubles, three triples, one home run, 18 RBIs and 26 runs scored in 52 games.

"Mike has progressed up the ladder from the Frontier League to the Northern League, and this is the next step for him," said RedHawks Manager Doug Simunic. "He did a great job for us in 2007 and was a major part of our success. The Astros are getting a good, hard-nosed ballplayer who can do a lot of positive things on the field."

Just is the third member of the 2007 RedHawks to have his contract sold to a Major League organization, joining OF Jon Weber (Texas Rangers) and INF Darryl Lawhorn (Oakland A's).

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