HOUSTON ASTROS NEWS

University of Houston’s Bubba Maxwell To Have Tommy John

The University of Houston has been bitten by the injury bug again in the early going of the 2015 regular season. A source at the UH’s “The Daily Cougar” has informed Baseball Essential that Cougar reliever Bubba Maxwell’s season is over due to a UCL injury. The news has since been confirmed by Maxwell via a post on his Instagram account. Sometimes we get so lost in search...
Via Baseball Essential
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Houston Astros

The days of giving young players tryouts to see if they can develop into major leaguers are over in Houston. The likes of Jonathan Villar and Robbie Grossman had their chance, but the Astros could no longer wait. General manager Jeff Luhnow signed veterans like Jed Lowrie, Luke Gregerson, Pat Neshek and Colby Rasmus to help his team win more games and reach the next stage of progress...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Houston Astros

The days of giving young players tryouts to see if they can develop into major leaguers are over in Houston. The likes of Jonathan Villar and Robbie Grossman had their chance, but the Astros could no longer wait. General manager Jeff Luhnow signed veterans like Jed Lowrie, Luke Gregerson, Pat Neshek and Colby Rasmus to help his team win more games and reach the next stage of progress...
Via Bloguin Best
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Season Preview

As we work towards Opening Day, John Pielli will be previewing each team based on past performance, offseason moves, minor league system, and overall outlook for 2015. Today: the Houston Astros. The Houston Astros are the present example of what the complete rebuilding effort looks like. The Astros started moving players in 2010 and 2011, leaving themselves completely gutted for...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Houston Astros Will Take A Big Step Forward In 2015

Jose Altuve will lead the Astros to a fun 2015 season. The Houston Astros have suffered through misery since 2009. 2011 saw them lose a whopping 106 games, 107 in 2012, and 111 in 2013. The dark days in Houston are going to be done soon, though and 2015 is going to be a starting point. They finished 70-92 in 2014 and made several additions to the offense and bullpen. Astros fans...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros' star Altuve searching for more in 2015

KISSIMMEE, Florida (AP) Jose Altuve hit .341, became the first Houston player to win a batting title and set a team record with 225 hits in 2014. What do the Astros like best about all that? The second baseman is intent on being even better this year. ''I want to improve my hitting, my defense, improve my baserunning - everything,'' Altuve said. ''If you improve as a player, you...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros newcomer Gattis learning more and more about outfield

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Evan Gattis is quickly becoming at ease in the clubhouse with his new Houston teammates. Adapting to his new spot on the field might take a little more time. ''I want to play as many positions as I can, but I'm not as comfortable in left field as I am catching,'' Gattis said Sunday at the Astros' camp. ''But my job is to be as prepared as possible to play anywhere...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jed Lowrie happy to be back with Astros

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Jed Lowrie was away from the Houston Astros for two seasons - not by choice. Houston traded him to Oakland in February 2013 as part of a five-player deal that brought Chris Carter to the Astros. ''To be honest, I was a little disappointed,'' Lowrie said Friday. ''I liked the idea of being a part of an organization that was building something, pretty much from...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Houston Astros: What about A.J Hinch?

The Houston Astros signed A.J Hinch to be their manager September 29, 2014. He is only 40 years old and this is his only second opportunity as a manager. He was head of player development before he managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from May 2009 to July 2010 in 212 games with a .420 winning percentage. Hinch was 34 at the time of his signing only a week before he turned 35; he was...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #33: Jose Altuve | 2B | HOU

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Well, that was an unexpected surprise. Entering 2014 we thought we had Jose Altuve pegged. A short, high-contact hitter with a little pop and good speed, Altuve figued to be a near-.300 player with 30-40 SB speed and 90-run potential hitting at the top of an all-or-nothing Astros offense. Instead he stole...
Via Baseball Professor
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros Welcomed a Snake into their Clubhouse

The Houston Astros are either the most confident team in all of baseball…or they’re doing this whole Spring Training thing entirely wrong. Thursday, while the rest of the league was working out their late-February kinks, the ‘stros were hoping to become modern day Glenn Hubbards by welcoming an albino Burmese python into their clubhouse. I’m not the only one that’s not...
Via Hall of Very Good
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Brave Gattis comfortable in new home, role in Houston

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The phone call came in at 8 a.m. It was mid-January, a month away from spring training, and by 10 a.m. Evan Gattis was boarding a plane bound for Houston, back to his home state and, eventually, to a new franchise. The 28-year-old passed his physical and in the span of 13 hours became an Astro. The Atlanta Braves' final offseason blockbuster was complete, their...
Via Fox Sports South
5 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Houston Astros get up close and personal with snake in clubhouse

The Houston Astros are a baseball club that defines “team in transition”.  After three seasons of losing 324 total games from 2011-13, then “only” losing 92 in 2014 and now stocked with young talent, many feel that they are about a year away from seriously contending.  Throw in a new manager in A.J. Hinch and significant turnover every year, and the players are in need...
Via Reading Between The Seams
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros owner Crane shooting for postseason

KISSIMMEE, Florida (AP) For the first time since buying the Houston Astros in 2011 Jim Crane isn't talking about rebuilding the team. He's talking about winning now. ''The goal is to make the playoffs,'' Crane said as the Astros took the field for the first day of full squad workouts on Wednesday. But the question is whether that's a reasonable expectation for a team that hasn't...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

AL West Top 10 Prospects 2015

The calendar has flipped and spring training has arrived once again, meaning it is time for the baseball world to go crazy over prospect rankings for the forthcoming season. Based primarily on stats and potential, below is our list of the AL West’s top 10 prospects for 2015. 1. Carlos Correa SS – Astros: Correa is not just the best prospect in the AL West, he is arguably the...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Top Prospect: Mark Appel

In 2014, the Houston Astros could not evaluate their 2013 number one overall pick, RHP Mark Appel, in spring training because of an appendectomy procedure Appel had to undergo that January. After flashing promising signs of brilliance during his first stint in the minors in 2013, Appel struggled right out of the gate in 2014 after the appendectomy. Appel started 4 games for the...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston's Castro hoping for offensive bounce back

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Although he'll turn 28 this June, Jason Castro has really only played two full seasons in the major leagues. The Houston catcher is still learning how to outsmart opposing pitchers. ''With the way baseball is at this point, there's so much information and video and ways that the opponents can try to gain a competitive advantage by studying you as a player basically...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #47: George Springer | OF | HOU

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Editor’s Note: Springer ranked 51st overall in our 2015 Draft Guide and comes in as player number 47 in our Top 200 Countdown (rankings originally compiled in November). One of the players I’m most excited to watch in 2015 is George Springer. In just 78 games played last season Springer was electric...
Via Baseball Professor
9 days ago  |  Discuss

McHugh starts 2015 firmly as an Astros starter

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Somewhere in Houston's training camp is another Collin McHugh, or at least the Astros hope so. ''Something unexpected is going to happen,'' new manager A.J. Hinch said Saturday after the Astros' first spring workout for pitchers and catchers. ''You don't know who that's going to be, but that's the fun part of spring.'' McHugh came to camp a year ago as just...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: José Altuve's Leg-Raise Chin-Up

From the looks of it, José Altuve,  last season's American League batting champion, is not about to get complacent. The Houston Astros 2B recently posted a video to his Instagram showing
Via Stack
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Houston Astros make the playoff in 2015?

In December, the Houston Astros announced that Taylor Swift would be performing at Minute Maid Park on October 13, 2015, and stated that the concert would be rescheduled if the Astros are playing a home playoff game that day. Yahoo posted a short article that the team sent out an overly optimistic tweet. Yahoo’s writer does not see the potential in this young team and does not...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Houston Astros

The Astros are improving in real life, but in fantasy terms, their hitters are much more interesting than their pitchers. (Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" - the number is based on 12-team mixed leagues.) ALSO SEE: TEAM PREVIEWS ARCHIVES Key additions: C Hank Conger, SS Jed Lowrie, 3B Luis Valbuena, OF/C Evan Gattis, SP Dan Straily, RP...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The George Springer Who Isn’t George Springer

Let’s play a game. It’s a guessing game! We can play it because I haven’t yet ruined the surprise in the title. Ready? Oh, wait — that’s right. Before we play, there is one stipulation. You have to know who George Springer is. Who am I kidding, of course you know who George Springer is. […]
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 618: 2015 Season Preview Series: Houston Astros by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

Ben and Sam preview the Astros` season with Ted Walker, and Sahadev talks to Houston Chronicle Astros beat writer Evan Drellich (at 34:30).
Via Baseball Prospectus
13 days ago  |  Discuss

New Astros manager Hinch eager for start of spring training

HOUSTON (AP) A.J. Hinch isn't promising a playoff run or predicting a lofty win total in 2015. But the first-year manager of the Houston Astros is excited about his new team and can't wait to finally see it in action as spring training approaches. ''There's a general optimism and a general excitement to get down there and get the players on the field and get to the baseball,'' he...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss
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