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Astros: Mid Season Top 100 Prospects Update

Seven, I repeat, seven Astros are now ranked in the top 100 of MLB prospects. MLB Pipeline recently released their midseason Prospect Rankings. And for once, the Astros actually had a prospect land the coveted number one ranking in Alex Bregman. Of course, Bregman was just promoted to the majors a few days ago, but he […] Astros: Mid Season Top 100 Prospects Update - Climbing...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
1 hour ago

Astros: Fresno Player Spotlight- Tyler White

Could White stay in Houston for good? As Eric Huysman wrote earlier today, Tyler White has been recalled to the major league roster to replace Doug Fister as he goes on paternity leave. The White call-up was inevitable. He was very impressive in his 38 game stint with Triple-A Fresno at the plate. Also, he […] Astros: Fresno Player Spotlight- Tyler White - Climbing Tal's Hill ...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
4 hours ago

AstrosProspects: Corpus Christi Player Spotlight: Ramon Laureano

Astros’ Prospect Ramon Laureano Spotlight As the Corpus Christi Hooks start using their FauxBack jerseys this series, we can throwback to a little over a week ago when Ramon Laureano was called up to the squad. He is one of the many players so far this season that has gotten the call from Lancaster and […] AstrosProspects: Corpus Christi Player Spotlight: Ramon Laureano - Climbing...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
6 hours ago

Inbox: What will Astros do before Deadline?

With the non-waiver Trade Deadline arriving Monday afternoon at 3 CT and the surging Astros searching for help, we'll take shot at answering some of the readers' biggest trade questions submitted recently through Twitter.
Via Astros.com
21 hours ago

Source: White will join Astros in Detroit

The Astros are planning to summon first baseman Tyler White to join the club in Detroit, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Thursday.
Via Astros.com
22 hours ago

Jason Castro is the best catcher in the American League this year

Jason Castro was always going to have a job in the major leagues. A glove-first catcher who hits left-handed is a legitimate commodity, and Castro certainly fit the bill when he became the Houston Astros’ first-choice backstop in 2012. He managed to hit for some power in his All-Star season of 2013, but otherwise, he has […] The post Jason Castro is the best catcher in the American...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

McCullers, Rasmus help Astros over Yankees 4-1

HOUSTON (AP) Lance McCullers struck out 10 in six solid innings, Colby Rasmus broke out of a slump with a two-run homer and the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 4-1 on Wednesday night. Rasmus snapped an 0-for-29 skid when he sent an off-speed pitch from Masahiro Tanaka (7-3) into the seats behind the bullpen in right-center field to make it 4-0 with one out in the third...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros OF Carlos Gomez leaves game with hamstring strain

Houston Astros centerfielder Carlos Gomez left Wednesday’s contest against the New York Yankees with a right hamstring strain, per Brian McTaggert of MLB.com. Almost exactly one year to the day, Gomez was the talk of the game, as he was reportedly traded back to his original team in the New York Mets, but the deal […] The post Astros OF Carlos Gomez leaves game with hamstring...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Astros prospect report: Lancaster JetHawks hitters

Lancaster, Calif. — As the Houston Astros’ High-A affiliate Lancaster JetHawks fight for a spot in the California League playoffs over the final month of their season, the club is slowly losing offensive firepower to Double-A Corpus Christi. Gone specifically are outfielder Ramon Laureano and catcher Garrett Stubbs, two lineup cogs that had paced the high-scoring […] The post...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Astros fan starts GoFundMe page to buy out Gomez contract

Carlos Gomez without a doubt has so far suffered through a disappointing 2016 season. And it’s apparently gotten so bad one Houston Astros fan believes it’s time to cut the struggling outfielder loose. And if the Astros organization isn’t willing to foot the bill to accomplish it? Perhaps a contingent of fans could band together to help alleviate the financial burden. Andrew...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros give $1.5M deal with Cuban shortstop Anibal Sierra

HOUSTON (AP) Cuban shortstop Anibal Sierra will receive a $1.5 million signing bonus as part of his minor league contract with the Houston Astros. The 22-year-old played for Avispas de Santiago from 2012-14 in Cuba. He appeared in 91 games, playing 47 games at second base and 26 games at shortstop. ''Anibal is an athletic shortstop who can hit and play multiple positions, and...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Astros, Rangers minor leaguers get into brawl

The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers have had a nice little rivalry since the Astros moved over to the American League, and it appears the hate between the two organizations runs through the veins of the minor league system. On Sunday, players and coaches from the Double-A affiliates of the Astros and Rangers threw punches and more during a second-inning bench-clearing brawl. The...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Scouting Astros Call-Up Alex Bregman

At birth, Alex Bregman was touched by the Baseball Gods. He is not very big, not very fast, not especially graceful, and yet he somehow finds a way to do everything you can ask of a baseball player. He turned an unassisted triple play at age four. He was already very clearly the best high-school baseball player in the history of New Mexico before his senior year when a bad hop broke...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball's top prospect called up to majors by Astros

On Sunday, the Astros called up top prospect Alex Bregman to the big leagues. The 22-year-old Bregman is expected to make his major league debut on Monday in Houston against the New York Yankees. The only question left to answer is where exactly he will be playing defensively. Though primarily a shortstop, Bregman has the ability to play multiple infield positions. Each spot on...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros trade rumors: starting pitching edition

Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has already alluded to the fact that he expects to make some sort of trade before the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. In terms of potential big moves, the expectation is the Astros will not be as active at the deadline as last July, when they sent two prospects to the Oakland Athletics for Scott Kazmir and four to the Milwaukee Brewers...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Houston Astros’ Yulieski Gourriel

Last week the Houston Astros signed Cuban defector Yulieski Gourriel to a 5-year $47.5 million deal.  The third basemen, who is also rumored to have game experience at other infield positions, defected with his younger brother, Lourdes Gourriel Jr., from Cuba back in February and has garnered significant interest from teams around the league.  Unlike many recent Cuban player signed...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Prince Fielder could be done for the season

The Texas Rangers were dealt bad news on Wednesday. Prince Fielder’s 2016 season may be over. Prince Fielder has another neck herniation....may be done for the season....know more after Friday exam — TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) July 20, 2016 Any time neck injuries enter into the equation, the news in very bad. In the case of Fielder, it’s even worse. He missed nearly...
Via Sportsnaut
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Correa Looks Historically Great

Carlos Correa placed second last week on the trade-value list that Dave Cameron puts together every season. That placement seemed to surprise some, given that Correa is having a very good, but not great season. Correa’s 120 wRC+ is hardly spectacular, even if that number increases to 150 if you start with the latter part of May. He has improved over the last few months, but even...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros announcer is mesmerized by… sideline reporter’s blue eyes?

During a normal regular season matchup between the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics, something definitely abnormal happened on the Astros telecast. In-game reporter Julia Morales of Root Sports filed a piece during the bottom of the 8th inning. The response from the Astros broadcast booth and play by play announcer Alan Ashby was to comment on how enchanted he was with Morales’...
Via Awful Announcing
10 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ryan Blakney gives overly enthusiastic strike two call

It’s not uncommon to see a Major League Baseball umpire with an emphatic motion to signal strike three. Some have their own signature moves. On Sunday, Ryan Blakney gave an overly enthusiastic call for a strike that wasn’t the third one. With a two ball, one strike count during the top of the fifth inning of a game between the Astros and Mariners, Mike Montgomery delivered a...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Yulieski Gurriel and Houston’s Rotation

He is 32 years old. He will always be a Cuban legend. His name is Yulieski Gurriel, and for the next five years—ideally—he will be a member of the Houston Astros. As for where he will fit, as for his production—well, that remains to be seen. From the age of 17, when Gurriel first stepped foot onto the field for Sancti Spiritus, the Cuban National Series had a star on their...
Via The Sports Post
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Yulieski Gurriel is a Smart Addition for the Houston Astros

The Houston Astros made a splash move by signing cuban talent Yulieski Gurriel to a five-year $47.5 million contract. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has had his eye on Gurriel for over a decade now when he first saw him play in a tournament in Amsterdam. Lunhow is thrilled to finally bring Gurriel to the Astros after having the dream of this for so long. “To be able to...
Via The Sports Journal
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Astros phenom Carlos Correa blaze around the bases and score from 2B on a wild pitch

Still need proof that Carlos Correa is among the game's brightest young stars?The Houston Astros' shortstop is in just his second major-league season, but he has the instincts of a veteran. His speed doesn't hurt, either, as he showed in the 7-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.Correa was on second base when Mariners lefty James Paxton uncorked a wild pitch -- one of...
Via FOX Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros inks Cuban star for 5-year, $47.5 million

The Yulieski Gourriel sweepstakes has a winner. The Houston Astros reached an agreement with the Cuban infielder on a sizable 5-year, $47.5 million deal Friday afternoon. Source: INF Yulieski Gurriel agrees to 5-year, $47.5 million deal with #Astros #Cuba More on https://t.co/mkcBseoZWQ pic.twitter.com/6uj12AgGGL — Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) July 15, 2016 Gourriel...
Via The Comeback
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Resurgence of Ken Giles

There’s a maddening midseason tradition of realizing April performances have subconsciously impacted our perceptions of players in foolish ways. No matter how many times we tell ourselves that the baseball season is long and small sample sizes are fickle tricksters, we inevitably look up in July to find out that a player written off for dead in April is actually doing quite well...
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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