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Houston’s Kemp and Pena to Receive Their Minor League Gold Gloves

The Astros have a couple of Gold Glove Award winners playing in their minor league system. At the Double-A level, the Corpus Christi Hooks second baseman Tony Kemp and catcher Roberto Pena were both part of the Lancaster JetHawks’ (A+), 2014 California League championship team. Both players will receive Rawlings Gold Glove Awards from minor league baseball president Pat O’Conner...
Via Baseball Essential
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

AL West Top 10 Prospects Round-Up

The 2015 season is well underway and that means the minor-leagues are abuzz with activity. All the way from Single A to the majors, below is our weekly round-up of the top 10 prospects in the AL West. 1. Carlos Correa SS – Astros: Arguably the top prospect in the game, Correa has gotten off to a fine start in 2015. The 20 year old boasts above average tools in all facets of...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros Minor-League Slugger Preston Tucker Extends Hitting Streak to 21 Games

Preston Tucker, the 24-year-old, 6’0″, 215-pound left-fielder for the Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple-A affiliate for the Houston Astros, extended his hitting streak to 21-games on Sunday — dating back to last year — with a base hit to left in the third inning. He added another hit to his resume when he legged out an infield single in the seventh inning. In his last at-bat...
Via Baseball Essential
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Feldman bounces back, Astros defeat Angels

HOUSTON (AP) Scott Feldman bounced back with six solid innings and the Houston Astros took advantage of a wild throw by catcher Drew Butera to beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 Sunday. Feldman (1-2) allowed two runs and six hits. In his previous start, Oakland tagged him for eight runs in five innings. Luke Gregerson threw a perfect ninth for his second save. Garrett Richards (0-1...
Via AP on Fox
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros: Is George Springer the next Mike Trout?

The Houston Astros have a great amount of young talent. This team will only continue to mature and get better. How good can their prospects be? Do they have the next Mike Trout? George Springer walk back to the dugout George Springer has all the tools to play like Mike Trout. Both have amazing power, they can both cover tons of ground in the outfield, both can throw out runners...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

On the Houston Astros Horizon – A Gold Glove Catcher

Roberto Pena, the 22-year-old,  2014 minor league Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, was very impressive in his Double-A debut Friday night in Corpus Christi. In Pena’s first game, the 6′, 217 pound backstop, went 2-for-3, with an RBI and run scored. His first Double-A hit, was a line drive with two outs, nobody on, to left-center. Then Pena picked up another base hit with shot...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels vs. Astros Series Preview: Texas Two-Step

It only took the league three seasons into Houston’s tenure in the AL West to finally figure out that when the Angels come to the state of Texas that they should play BOTH the Rangers and Astros back-to-back. For some reason the last two seasons featured the Halos coming to Texas to play one team, then leaving, then coming back later to play the other. That’s the kind of thing...
Via Monkey with a Halo
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Collin McHugh Continues to Trust His Slider

On Wednesday, Collin McHugh pitched well against the Ben Zobrist-less Oakland A’s. Zobrist’s absence made the A’s a weaker version of themselves, but they were still a tougher opponent than the hapless Rangers he saw five days earlier. While McHugh only tossed 5.2 innings and faced just 23 batters, he tied Trevor Bauer for the single-game […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Believe In Springer

In Episode 176, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and George Bissell (@GeorgeBissell) discuss some fantasy baseball news and prospects on Friday on the Farm. Topics include: Why you shouldn’t give up on George Springer yet Thoughts on Stephen Souza’s productive start and some other young outfielders Whether Devon Travis needs to be owned in more leagues Whether Jimmy...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh’s Contact Problem

The Houston Astros are well known for swinging, missing, and striking out at an extremely high rate. It should come as no surprise the Astros are currently leading the American League in strikeout rate, even in the early going, striking out 26.2% of the time. However, the Astros are not first in Major League Baseball […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

McHugh fans 11 in Astros' victory over Athletics

  Collin McHugh struck out 11, and Jed Lowrie hit one of the Houston Astros' three homers in a 6-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night. Luis Valbuena and Evan Gattis also homered for the Astros, who matched their season high in scoring. Houston's bats are finally starting to show signs of life after being held to two runs or less in six of their first eight games....
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

McHugh Ks 11 in Astros' 6-1 win over Athletics

HOUSTON (AP) Collin McHugh struck out 11, and Jed Lowrie hit one of the Houston Astros' three homers in a 6-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night. Luis Valbuena and Evan Gattis also homered for the Astros, who matched their season high in scoring. Houston's bats are finally starting to show signs of life after being held to two runs or less in six of their first eight...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel and Weak Contact

We rightfully spill a lot of ink here chronicling the exploits of the game’s best pitchers; the Clayton Kershaws, the Felix Hernandezes, etc.. We also tip our collective hat towards pitchers with the “wow” factor, from Chris Sale To Stephen Strasburg to Matt Harvey and Jose Fernandez. All that said, who do you think was […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: George Springer's catch prevents walk-off grand slam

George Springer probably won’t have to buy a drink in Houston any time soon. The Texas Rangers took the Astros into extra innings Sunday, and things weren’t looking too hot for the visitors when Houston closer Tony Sipp loaded the bases in the bottom of the 10th. But luckily for the Astros, Springer was there to save the day. With two outs, Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

George Springer robs potential walk off grand slam

Check out this catch during Sunday’s Astros-Rangers game. George Springer robbed Leonys Martin of what would have been a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the tenth inning. Words can’t express how ridiculous this catch is. And just for the hell of it, here’s the catch in gif form. #Walkoff grand slam? NOPE. — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 12, 2015...
Via The Outside Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jed Lowrie Breaks Up Indians’ No-Hitter With Ninth-Inning Homer (Video)

HOUSTON — Houston Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie homered with one out in the ninth inning, breaking up a combo no-hit bid by the Cleveland Indians. Lowrie connected off Indians reliever Nick Hagadone on Thursday. Indians starter Trevor Bauer was pulled after throwing 111 pitches through six innings. He struck out 11 and walked five. Kyle Crockett and Scott Atchison each pitched a...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros: Opening Day observations

The Houston Astros won 2-0 against the Cleveland Indians in the season opener. It was a pitching matchup to watch and a great game. Keuchel has brought the beard into Houston baseball. Whose beard is better Houston Rocket’s James Harden or Astros’ Dallas Keuchel? Tonight Keuchel and his beard threw a masterpiece of a game. Kluber entered the sixth inning with a no-hitter before...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros: Dallas Keuchel vs. Corey Kluber

Dallas Keuchel warming up Opening day has the best pitching matchups of any day in the season. Most games have ace vs ace. One of the most intriguing games will be a matchup with the reigning AL Cy Young winner. The Cleveland Indians’ Corey Kluber and The Houston Astros’ Dallas Keuchel both made a name for themselves last season. They made themselves their team’s ace. Kluber...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Enough already, baseball teams: Astros introduce Chicken & Waffle Cone (pic)

In a spring buildup to what just might be the most potentially fattening, Rolaids-grabbing, cholesterol count-spiking, heart attack-inducing and angioplasty-prompting summers at the ballpark ever, the Houston Astros have come along and announced that the Chicken & Waffle Cone will be available at Minute Maid Park this season. And yes, it is almost exactly what...Read More The...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros catcher Jason Castro asked to prom in case of mistaken identity (photo)

Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro may have been flattered by the gesture — even if it was a case of mistaken identity — but has nevertheless politely declined an accidental invite to prom. Castro happened upon his car adorned with “P-R-O-M?” spelled out with Post-It Notes. whoever asked me to prom a few nights ago,...Read More The post Astros catcher Jason Castro asked...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Fresno Grizzlies backtrack on ‘Astros 2017 World Champs’ promotion

It probably sounded like a fun idea for fans of the Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. The Astros were deemed 2017’s World Series champions by Sports Illustrated last June, touting the young talent that the organization had stockpiled and developed. With potential stars like George Springer, Jon Singleton, Collin McHugh, Mark Appel and Carlos Correa...
Via The Outside Corner
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Brady Aiken leaves first IMG Academy start after 13 pitches

Brady Aiken’s debut for IMG Academy did not go the way he wanted. Aiken, who was the No. 1 overall pick by the Houston Astros last year but did not sign because of a monetary dispute, elected to attend IMG Academy as he prepares to re-enter the draft. He made his first start Thursday and...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

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