Altuve's addition provides much-needed balance

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Last year's American League batting champion has a secret weapon entering the 2017 season. Melanie is tiny, adorable and smiles every time her father, Jose Altuve, enters the room. ''I think she's going to help me to become a better player,'' Houston's star second baseman said. ''Because you need some time off from baseball. Like when you have a bad...
Via Associated Press
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Moran showing early signs of progress

Colin Moran spends his offseason in south Florida, living just a few miles away from Astros hitting coordinator Jeff Albert in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The Astros prospect took advantage of that proximity to refine his swing this winter after bumpy Major League debut last year.
13 hours ago

Longtime Houston Astros executive Jamie Hildreth dies at 72

HOUSTON (AP) Longtime Houston Astros executive Jamie Hildreth has died at 72. The Astros announced his death Saturday but did not provide details. Hildreth spent more than three decades with the team, holding several front-office positions. He was the senior vice president of broadcasting and alumni relations. He joined the Astros in 1987 as director of broadcasting. Astros...
Via Associated Press
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros mourn beloved friend, colleague Hildreth

With a booming, raspy voice, infectious laugh and enough stories to fill a dozen memoirs, Jamie Hildreth was one of the most beloved figures within the Houston Astros' organization.
14 hours ago

Astros Prospects: MLB Pipeline releases the new Top-30 list.

The rising and falling prospects of MLB Pipeline’s Houston Astros Top-30 prospects list. This Spring, the Houston Astros will see some of their top prospects in action. Some of them are in major league camp with some former Stros top prospects. Some of the names to highlight these lists over the years have been Jarred […] Astros Prospects: MLB Pipeline releases the new Top-30...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
17 hours ago

Did the Astros Intentionally Decide To Cut Back on Strikeouts?

The Astros lineup at one point in time used to be a breeding ground of strikeout-prone hitters. Strikeouts were once a part of the Astros offensive identity. It once appeared that Houston’s front office didn’t mind the strikeouts. As long as there were above average skills in the equation (power, defense, pitch framing), the strikeouts were viewed as […] Did the Astros Intentionally...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
22 hours ago

McCullers' first live BP session goes smoothly

Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. faced hitters for the first time this spring when he threw live batting practice on a back field Friday morning at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
1 day ago

Photos: Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Houston presser

Canelo Álvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) and Julio César Chávez, Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs)  hosted a press conference in Houston, the third stop on their four-city press tour. Thousands of Texas fans came out to Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, to see and cheer for their favorite Mexican fighters. With fan hysteria and swelling crowds, fire marshals shut down the fan entrance...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
1 day ago

Projecting the Astros Opening Day Roster

Spring Training has only just begun for the Astros. But we can still attempt to project the team’s Opening Day roster. The depth on this year’s Astros squad is arguably the best in franchise history. In fact, the wealth of talent could arguably be the team’s greatest asset. This development also presents a problem for […] Projecting the Astros Opening Day Roster - Climbing...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
2 days ago

Launching space-age pitching roles in Houston

Why the Astros are best positioned to break from the gravity of traditional pitcher usage. I don’t know how much rummaging around in baseball leaderboards you do. I do quite a bit of it. I ran into a recurring problem, of sorts, while mining 2016’s best pitching performances for fun facts. This guy named Christopher Devenski threw more than 100 innings, so he got lumped in with...
Via Beyond The Box Score
2 days ago

Beltran returns to Houston in very different role

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) The last time Carlos Beltran shared a team with Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch they were playing together with the Royals in 2002. And when the 39-year-old Beltran arrived at spring training and ran into Adam Everett, his teammate from his brief stint with Houston in 2004, he learned Everett was now a coach in the team's minor league system. Back...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Most Interesting New Houston Astro

The Astros’ 2015 season ended because of a total bullpen meltdown. Before that, the bullpen had been fairly steady, but the Astros made damn sure there wouldn’t be a repeat. And so, last year, the Astros led all of major-league baseball in bullpen WAR. They finished fourth in bullpen WPA, and they project to be strong as a unit once again. There’s Michael Feliz, coming off...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros’ Ace Dallas Keuchel primed for bounce back season

Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel flipped the proverbial switch back in 2014. After beginning his career in the major leagues with two lackluster seasons, he posted a 2.93 earned run average, 3.21 fielding independent pitching, and 5.0 wins above replacement. He then improved upon those numbers in 2015 by pitching to the tune of a 2.48 earned run average and a 2.91 fielding...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: L.J. Hoes suspended 50 games after second positive test for drug abuse

According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, former Orioles outfielder L.J. Hoes has been suspended for 50 games following a second positive test for drug of abuse.Hoes is currently a free agent and will serve the suspension once he is signed.The 26-year-old served a 50-game suspension in 2014 after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug methandienone.The Orioles...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Houston Astros won the offseason

The 2016-17 offseason has been a resounding success for the Houston Astros. General Manager Jeff Luhnow, owner Jim Crane, and the Astros’ front office worked together to address many of their team’s weaknesses. With Spring Training right around the corner, Astros fans don’t have to wait long before their potentially playoff-bound team is back in action. The first major move...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Did the Houston Astros receive fair payment for the St. Louis Cardinals hacking?

The first reports that the St. Louis Cardinals hacked Houston Astros player personnel data surfaced over two years ago, in June 2014. Now, the Astros are finally getting recompense for Cardinals employee Chris Correa’s illegal breach of their information. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has awarded to the Astros the Cardinals’ first two selections in the 2017 rookie draft – numbers...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Elias on Drafting and Developing Astros Pitchers

In November 2014, we ran an interview with Mike Elias, who was then Houston’s director of amateur scouting. Two-plus years later, he has a new title and more responsibilities. The 34-year-old Yale University product now has the title of Assistant General Manager, Scouting and Player Development. Elias addressed several subjects in the earlier interview, but very little of the conversation...
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros Have a Completely New Look

To whatever extent the Astros are going to have issues, they probably won’t have to worry too much about the lineup. As Mike Petriello recently wrote, said lineup looks to be incredibly deep. Based just on Steamer and our present depth charts, the Astros project to have easily the best-hitting lineup in the American League. The Red Sox come in second, but they trail by more than...
Via Fangraphs
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Former MLB pitcher Anthony Young reportedly has inoperable brain tumor

In an unfortunate piece of news, reports are surfacing that former New York Mets pitcher Anthony Young has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Young, who pitched with the Mets from 1991-93, disclosed his condition at the Mets’ fantasy camp this past week. According to the NY Daily News, doctors are unsure if the tumor is malignant. They simply know it’s in an area...
Via Sportsnaut
26 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB rules Cardinals must send two draft picks to Astros

Major League Baseball ruled on Monday that the St. Louis Cardinals must send their first two picks in the 2017 MLB Draft to the Houston Astros as a result of the team’s hacking scandal. It’s a major ruling that will help offset what the league views to be a competitive disadvantage that impacted the Astros when they were rivals of the Cardinals in the National League Central...
Via Sportsnaut
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Unsealed court docs offer new insights into Cardinals-Astros hacking scandal

Sanctions against the St. Louis Cardinals for former executive Chris Correa’s illicit hacking into the Houston Astros databases could be handed out as early as this week, according to the Houston Chronicle.Correa pled guilty to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer last January and was sentenced to 46 months in prison back in July. Now, a federal judge is unsealing...
Via The Comeback
27 days ago  |  Discuss

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