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Prospect report: Astros camp

No team wants to feel like it has to hit the reboot switch, but if it has to happen it might as well do it right. The Astros couldn't have drawn it up any better: Three straight years of No. 1 overall Draft picks, followed by two in the Top 5, trades of big leaguers to bring in prospects, and all of it culminated in winning the World Series in 2017.
Via Astros.com
8 hours ago

Prospect Q&A: Astros' Bukauskas

As part of MLB Pipeline's visit to all 30 Spring Training facilities, we're sitting down with prospects and getting to know them a little better. At Astros camp, it was Houston's No. 3 prospect, J.B. Bukauskas.
Via Astros.com
8 hours ago

Astros: We should not be worried about Brian McCann’s hitless spring

We should not be concerned with Astros catcher Brian McCann’s lack of hitting in March. When you are Max Stassi and Tim Federowicz, spring training at-bats matter. They are both battling for the Astros third catcher spot for the 2018 season. If you are Garrett Stubbs and Chuckie Robinson...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
8 hours ago

Tigers’ top prospect sidelined 12 weeks with muscle strain

The Tigers acquired RHP Franklin Perez, 20, last August in the blockbuster deadline deal that sent ace Justin Verlander to the Astros.
Via Sporting News
10 hours ago

'Back-to-back tour' begins for stacked Astros

The Astros are embracing the challenge of repeating and have a loaded and talented roster that makes them the favorites to win the World Series again this fall.
Via Astros.com
21 hours ago

AL Notes: Ohtani, Sipp, Red Sox, Rangers, Jays

While there have been questions over whether the Angels will demote Shohei Ohtani to the minors to begin the season, it seems they do plan to have him open 2018 in the majors, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. In terms of results, it hasn’t been a good spring for the 23-year-old Japanese phenom, who has yielded 15 earned runs against 25 outs as a pitcher and collected...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Astros reach agreement with Jose Altuve on five-year extension

Jose Altuve will be staying with the Houston Astros for a while.According to reports, the Astros are in agreement on a five-year extension with Altuve that will kick in once his current deal ends after 2019. Altuve was already a superstar, but he firmly established himself as the heart and soul of the Astros with a series of remarkable postseason performances. He had been on a ridiculously...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander blasts ex-Astros prospect Danry Vasquez over domestic violence video

Justin Verlander profanely blasted disgraced Danry Vasquez after shocking footage recently surfaced of the former Houston Astros prospect beating his girlfriend during a disturbing 2016 domestic violence incident.  “(Expletive) you man,” Verlander wrote on Twitter Wednesday night, with the expletive replaced with a middle-finger emoji. “I hope the rest of your life without baseball...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Correa clarifies why he skipped Astros’ White House visit

Carlos Correa was noticeably absent as the Houston Astros attended a ceremony Monday at the White House to celebrate the team’s World Series title with Donald Trump. On Tuesday, the All-Star shortstop explained why.Some presumably have inferred Correa, a native of Puerto Rico, opted out of the visit as a sign of protest over the U.S. government’s response to the humanitarian crisis...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Internet reacts to Jose Altuve’s awkward moments with Donald Trump at WH visit

Championship team visits to the White House have become a little bit more newsworthy these days, and that was certainly true once again this week.The World Series champion Houston Astros visited President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday, and it was highlighted by some awkward moments that Astros star Jose Altuve had with the commander-in-chief.The reigning AL MVP stood...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Correa has his sights set on winning MVP

Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros are World Series champions. But that’s not good enough for the 23-year-old shortstop. He wants to be the league’s Most Valuable Player as well.“MVP is something I don’t want to retire without winning one. It would be like a dream come true. I already have a Rookie of the Year. I have (been an) All-Star. I’ve got a World Series championship. That...
Via The Sports Post
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel takes a shot at the Cubs when asked about World Series hangover

The Astros spent plenty of time celebrating their first World Series win in franchise history, but they’re now focused on the 2018 season, apparently.Pitcher Dallas Keuchel was recently asked about the possibility of a World Series hangover, and not only does he not expect that to happen, but the team’s ace also took a shot at the Cubs.“We’re not the Cubs,” Keuchel told Dave Sheinin...
Via The Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros return Rule 5 pick Anthony Gose to Rangers

The Rangers announced today that they received Rule 5 pick Anthony Gose back from the Rangers and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock. He’ll join the Rangers in big league camp as a non-roster player. The Astros reportedly placed the left-hander/outfielder on outright waivers earlier this week.Gose, a former big league outfielder, had been hoping to make a stacked Astros roster as...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel confident the Astros can repeat

The Houston Astros are World Series champions. But Dallas Keuchel believes they can do it again. And not just a couple of years from now, no. The ace believes the Astros can repeat.“We’re not the Cubs. I firmly believe we have better players.”Fellow starter Charlie Morton is pretty confident too. But on the other hand, why wouldn’t they be? After all, they are World Series champions...
Via The Sports Post
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel talks World Series hangover, zings Cubs

Dallas Keuchel scoffed at the the notion the Houston Astros conceivably could suffer a World Series hangover by taking a crushing shot at the World Series champion that preceded his team. “We’re not the Cubs,” Keuchel bluntly stated. “I firmly believe we have better players.”The case could be made that the Astros boast a better overall roster heading into this season than the Cubs...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays sign Tyler Clippard

The Blue Jays have announced a minor-league deal with righty Tyler Clippard. It includes an invitation to MLB camp.Clippard only just turned 33 and has a long history of outstanding bullpen production. While his fastball velocity has continued to dwindle, Clippard is coming off of a season in which he posted a healthy 14.0% swinging-strike rate that sits above his career average...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander buys $200K Shelby Mustang from ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’

The last 12 months have been pretty great for Justin Verlander.He’s married supermodel Kate Upton, won a World Series and he also recently purchased a famous vehicle that many would dream of owning.Verlander bought the Shelby Mustang GT500 from the hit movie “Gone in 60 seconds,” and yeah, it’s pretty sick. Check it out in the photo below, and it’ll be clear why it costs a hefty...
Via The Sports Daily
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros: What the recent comments say about the team

The Houston Astros have let the league know, this is their time. With the comments recently, the reigning champs are showing many things. Confidence of a champion The Astros are the defending champions, so any talk of favorites should start and end with them. The was Justin Verlander and Jose Altuve responded to media speculation shows the amount of confidence this team has. It...
Via isportsweb.com
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Charlie Morton has hilarious take on MLB rule changes

MLB’s rule changes have clearly struck a nerve with the Houston Astros. Justin Verlander commented on the issues with them on Monday. Later in the day, teammate Charlie Morton did the same thing — only in a slightly different way.Verlander’s issues were about the practical issues of limiting the mound visits.Morton’s concerns were more long term. Quite honestly, this would certainly...
Via Sportsnaut
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Verlander speaks out against MLB rule change

In hopes of picking up the pace of play, Major League Baseball made some strong rule changes on Monday. Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is not pleased with one of the amendments.One of the rules states that teams will only be allowed six mound visits per nine inning games. This includes managers/pitching coaches going to the mound, and also teammates. The latter of which...
Via Sportsnaut
29 days ago  |  Discuss

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