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Astros surprising, but can get better with prospects like Correa

We’ve now passed the 40-game mark for the 2015 MLB season. Between that and Memorial Day coming up on the calendar, it’s time to start wondering what is really happening, whether or not teams are past a hot start, a rough start or a fluky stage and have to be viewed seriously. At this point of the season, no team is getting more of the “Are they for real?” question...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Collin McHugh is Doing his Part in the Houston Astros Rotation

SAN DIEGO, CA – APRIL 27: Collin McHugh #31 of the Houston Astros pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park April 27, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) Who would have guessed that over 40 games into the season that the Houston Astros would have the best record in the American League and only one...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Analyzing Lance McCullers MLB debut and expectations

The Houston Astros had one of their top prospects make his MLB debut, but his name was not Mark Appel. Lance McCullers Jr made his first MLB start Monday night in Houston. McCullers was promoted to Triple-A last week, but did not make a start before he was called up. The 21-year-old is the youngest Astro to make his debut since Jose Altuve broke into the majors in 2011. Lance McCullers...
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Home Run by Evan Gattis Breaks open tied Game for Houston Astros

VIERA, FL – MARCH 13: Evan Gattis #11 of the Houston Astros swings at a pitch during the fifth inning of a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium on March 13, 2015 in Viera, Florida. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Wednesday afternoon with the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics tied 1-1, Houston DH Evan Gattis took a 1-0 pitch for a...
Via The Sports Journal
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Springer transforms Astros' clubhouse into post-victory nightclub party zone

Everything is a party right now for the Houston Astros. After dispatching the Oakland A's 6-1 on Wednesday, the A.L. West-leading 'Stros now boast a record of 27-14, the best in the American League.  They also have a six-game lead on the second place Los Angeles Angels in the division and continue to smash home runs at a record pace. Oh, and Dallas Keuchel is a sterling 6-0 on the...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros’ pitching prospect Francis Martes makes his debut

Tuesday night, Francis Martes made his first start of the season and debut for the Houston Astros Class A affiliate the Quad Cities River Bandits, who were on the road playing against the Clinton Lumberkings at Ashford University Field. Martes was acquired by the Astros in the trade with the Miami Marlins organization along with outfielder Jake Marisnick and infielder Colin Moran...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor league team creates hot dog-stuffed pizza

Just when we thought gonzo concession offerings at America’s ballparks couldn’t get more absurd, the Fresno Grizzlies — the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros — come along and not only shatter that notion, but figure out a way to revolutionize pizza as we know it … albeit perhaps not in a positive way. For...Read More The post Minor league team rolling out the Frankenslice...
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Houston Astros Fall in Lance McCullers’ Debut

Houston Astros’ pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. throws a pitch in a spring training game. In what has been a great season for the Astros so far, you wouldn’t think they would need to add anybody to their roster. But, as the organization continues to quickly move prospects to higher levels, they decided to call up their 41st overall pick in the 2012 draft. McCullers had been with...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

L.J. Hoes Ready for Next Shot with Astros

Patient is the perfect word to describe Houston Astros’ outfield prospect L.J. Hoes. The former third round pick of the Baltimore Orioles in 2008, has shown an uncanny ability to work an at-bat. Even as an 18-year old rookie fresh out of high school, Hoes managed to draw more walks than strikeouts. I don’t have to be the one to tell you that type of plate discipline is very uncommon...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros' Lance McCullers wore Batman cleats for MLB debut

Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers made his MLB debut against the Oakland A’s on Monday night, and he relied on the Bat-Signal to help give him confidence. McCullers, 21, took the mound at Minute Maid Park wearing some awesome Batman cleats. Many were quick to point out that New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey must...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
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PHOTO: Houston Astros Prospect Lance McCullers Wears Batman Cleats in MLB Debut

Monday was  a special day for Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers. The 21-year old got to make his major league debut in front of the home town fans at Minute Maid Park. An occasion like that is special and should be celebrated. What better way to do so than to wear Batman cleats for the game?Batman didn't end up factoring in to the game, but in 4 2/3 innings of work he only...
Via FatManWriting
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Peacock hasn't really enjoyed his time away from Astros

Houston Astros right-hander Brad Peacock, sidelined with a strained intercostal muscle since the second week of April, is aching to rejoin the pitching staff.  He's hopeful that he'll be able to get back on the mound around May 29th, when the Astros return home to Minute Maid Park after their upcoming road trip. Lest you think that taking some time off to recuperate from an injury...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Rookie Breaks Out Batman Cleats

Five years ago, then-San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson was fined $1000 by Major League Baseball for, essentially, his bright orange cleats being “a little too bright, too flashy”. The bearded one broke out a black marker and voila…“Nike Air Sharpies”. Something tells me Lance McCullers Jr. won’t have those same issues as his new cleats suffer from a severe case...
Via Hall of Very Good
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Monday Mailbag: Trading Altuve in a Dynasty Rebuild

Have a dynasty-related question and want a Prof’s opinion? Take a minute and submit your question on our Dynasty Desk home page for a chance to have your question answered on our next Monday Mailbag! You can also ask the Dynasty Profs directly on Twitter: Jake Devereaux, Lance Rinker, and George Bissell. I took over a poor team in a 16-team dynasty league and trading lots...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Prospect Spotlight: RHP Chris Devenski (4-0, 0.53 ERA)

Chris Devenski (W, 4-0, 0.53 ERA) improved to 4-0 on the season Sunday afternoon, after pitching five innings, giving up only one run on three hits and no walks, while striking out four. Devenski, the 6′-3″, 195 pound, Cal State Fullerton product, has given up just two earned runs this season in his seven appearances. Originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 25th round...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Throw Lance McCullers into the Fire

Three years later, the Houston Astros’ 2012 draft is looking pretty good. Carlos Correa, their first overall pick in that year’s draft, absolutely annihilated Double-A pitching in the season’s first month. Unsurprisingly, his performance culminated in a promotion to Triple-A last week. Lance McCullers, Houston’s 41st overall pick that year, also earned a promotion with […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Preston Tucker hoping Astros drafted his brother Kyle next month

Young Houston Astros rookie Preston Tucker is having a successful first few weeks with the big league club since his call-up in early May. In seven games, Tucker has collected seven hits (four of them doubles) in 26 plate appearances, good for a slash line of .333/.462/.524. With the MLB Draft coming up next month, Preston's younger brother Kyle is projected by Baseball America...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros promote Carlos Correa to Triple-A

The Houston Astros have promoted Carlos Correa to Triple-A Fresno. Correa joined the club on Tuesday and was excited to show what he can do. The team is being cautious with their highly talented 20-year-old prospect. One reason the team may be keeping him in the minors is that if Correa makes it to the majors before early-to-mid-June it could cost the Astros millions. If Correa becomes...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Fan Shot: Collin McHugh Is Easy To Root For

An MMO Fan Shot by Jack Ganchrow As the old saying goes the first one is always the hardest. Collin McHugh learned that the hard way going 607 days before getting his first major league win. Between coming out of the bullpen and starting, McHugh lost his first eight decisions across his first two seasons. It took him until his third big league team to get that coveted first win...
Via Mets Merized Online
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros First Baseman Jon Singleton Drives in 10-Runs in Single Minor League Game

The Houston Astros have been a team in transition for a couple seasons now. They have shied away from high price talent and counted on developing young guys and inexpensive veterans for the most part. Not a bad plan except sometimes they have ended up playing guys that were not quite ready for the Show.That was the case for first baseman Jon Singleton last season who had just 44...
Via FatManWriting
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rotation Review: Houston Astros

Dallas Keuchel has turned into a legitimate MLB ace. The Houston Astros currently sit atop of the AL West with a 20-12 record. That is good for 5.0 games up on the Los Angeles Angels and 5.5 up on the Seattle Mariners. The Astros have shown an ability to hit the ball for power. The thing that has been the most impressive with the Astros through the seasons first 32 games has...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Concern over the Houston Astros and their struggling offense

Where has the Houston Astros offense gone? After winning 10 games in a row, the Texas Rangers came into town and shut them down. The Astros were swept by the Rangers and have lost four of their last six. In their last five games prior to Saturday’s game, they scored just 12 runs and have a high mark of three. Even though the team is struggling, they remain atop the division. In...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Marisnick pulled off a sweet unassisted double play

Last weekend, Houston Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick climbed Tal’s Hill at Minute Maid Park to make a spectacular catch. On Thursday night, Marisnick engineered an 8-unassisted double play in the fourth inning of Houston’s 3-2 win over the Angels. And that’s the downside of going on contact, friends. By the way – the Astros still have the best record in the AL at 19...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros are taking off, looking like an early contender

One of the more exciting aspects of the 2015 MLB season was the number of teams that looked capable of becoming new contenders. The Cubs, Mets, White Sox, Marlins and Padres all appeared ready to make significant improvements, due to offseason acquisitions, young players developing into stars — or both, in some cases. Another club that seemed poised to take a step forward...
Via The Outside Corner
21 days ago  |  Discuss

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