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The Astros added six more players to their Spring Training roster on Monday, signing free-agent outfielder Justin Ruggiano to a Minor League contract and inviting five of their top prospects to Major League camp.

Johnson looking for redemption in 2012

As the era of rebuilding resumes for the Astros this season, some young players may emerge as future core players; it will be too soon to tell on others and for some, like Chris Johnson, this is a very pivotal spring. Johnson no longer fits in the "too soon to tell" category. For the 26-year-old third baseman, 2012 is the time to determine whether he is an everyday Major...

The Houston Astros

The worst team in the MLB last season is the first to be previewed for TSHQ. Over the next two months I will cover every team’s strengths and weaknesses, look at some potential impact prospects, and project how each team should fare during the 2012 season. For the Houston Astros, they can only go up. The worst team in the league (record wise) is preparing to play their last season...

Sun Sports to televise 150 Rays games in 2012

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Sun Sports will produce and televise 150 Tampa Bay Rays games in high definition during the 2012 Major League Baseball season. Coverage begins on Opening Day when the Rays host the rival New York Yankees on Friday, April 6 at 3:10 p.m. ET. For the first time ever, both home and away game telecasts will feature half-hour Rays LIVE pregame shows and all will...

Player Profile #79: B.J. Upton | OF | TB

Seeing as George is such a fan of B.J. Upton, I almost let him write this player profile. I’m not a huge fan of Upton, but I can be objective…or at least I can try. Just like Chris Young, who we ranked at 105, Upton is a low-average hitter with an elite power/speed combination. Upton has more speed than Young, stealing 40-plus bases each year from 2008-2010, and finally flashed...

Player Profile #74: Ben Zobrist | 2B/OF | TB

Remember that Rays-Twins doubleheader on April 28 when Ben Zobrist erupted for 10 RBI, going 7-for-10 with two homers, five runs scored and a stolen base? I do. If you remove that one day from Zobrist’s 2011 stat line, he finishes the season with a line of 95 runs, 18 homers, 81 RBI, 18 steals and a .261 average. Those stats would have ranked 85th last season instead of 40th. That’s...

Player Profile #70: James Shields | SP | TB

On March 1 of last season I wrote a post called “6 Reasons Why You Should Draft James Shields.” At the time of that post’s writing, Shields had an ADP of 209. After a stunning turnaround last season, Shields now has an ADP of 68. He’s not without his concerns entering this season, but so much of what Shields did last season is completely repeatable, and that’s an exciting...

Rays' Joyce gets young ball players into the swing

Matt Joyce returns to the North Brandon Little League where his camp offers kids tips, a chance to talk to a big leaguer, and $10,000 for the organization to do some field renovations.

Inbox: Can Zobrist be an All-Star?

Would Ben Zobrist be an All-Star if he played only one position? Rays beat reporter Bill Chastain answers that question and more in the latest edition of his Inbox.

Tampa Bay Rays 2012 Top-50 Prospects

It is time for us to FINALLY unveil our Top-50 prospect list for the 2012 season. Inside you will find a subscriber-only sneak peak at our rankings, which will be released for all towards the end of Spring Training.
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