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  • Dallas Keuchel has had one heck of an opening month for the Houston Astros, going 2-0 with a 0.62 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP. He’s been nearly un-hittable, giving up more than three hits just once in four starts (Texas got five off of him on April 12th) and has given up just two runs […] ... read more...
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  • For this edition of Keeping up With Astros prospects, we briefly interview Triple-A Fresno left fielder/designated hitter Preston Tucker. Tucker was drafted in the seventh round of the 2012 MLB draft. The former University of Florida outfielder is on a mission to fulfill his dreams of making the majors. For the 2015 season, it appears that […] ... read more...
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  • If the entirety of your baseball universe is comprised of the Astros and the Astros only, you have likely not heard of Kris Bryant since 2013, when the Astros passed on Kris Bryant with their 2nd of three consecutive #1 overall picks in order to select Mark Appel.It was pretty clear before the draft that the Astros had "narrowed" their 2013 1-1 pick to ... read more...
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  • OAKLAND, Calif. — If there’s one thing about his hometown of Houston that A’s pitcher Scott Kazmir should not like, it might be Jose Altuve. The Astros second baseman continued to be a menace to the Cypress Falls lefty Friday night in the Astros’ 5-4 win in 11 innings, improving with a pair of hits to […] read more...
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  • OAKLAND, Calif. — It wasn’t until the misty rain arrived in O.co Coliseum and even fewer eyes were left that the Astros’ 5-4 win over the A’s in 11 innings reached its crazy peak. The first nine innings were a reminder the baseball world isn’t paying enough attention to Dallas Keuchel, the Astros lefty who […] read more...
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  • OAKLAND, Calif. — Astros manager A.J. Hinch played his first game in this ballpark, now known as O.co Coliseum, on April 1, 1998. His retelling of the day usually turns into something of a joke surrounding the two key facts: the pitcher he was facing was Pedro Martinez and the pitcher he was catching was […] read more...
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  • OAKLAND, Calif. — Josh Fields strains enough when he throws off a mound that you’d think he’s in the shot put. Outside of Pat Neshek, who probably shouldn’t even count because he’s a sidearm thrower, no Astros pitcher’s motion makes you wonder just how he does it on every toss quite like Fields. The 29-year-old […] read more...
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  • OAKLAND, Calif. — Jonathan Villar is to play multiple positions at Class AAA Fresno — second base, shortstop, third, left field and center — so that he can continue his growth as a super utility player. Villar was optioned to the minors ahead of Friday’s game to make room for reliever Josh Fields’ return from […] read more...
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  • OAKLAND – Hot-hitting Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick was out of the Astros lineup for precautionary reasons Friday against the A’s, he said. He said he felt right leg discomfort while on the bases late in the game Wednesday. Colby Rasmus moved over to center field and will bat seventh. Robbie Grossman will fill in […] read more...
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  •   For the start of my weekly report on the Corpus Christi Hooks, who are the Astros’ AA affiliate, I want to look at who the catalysts are in their red-hot 9-4 start to the season. I will also look at who has room to improve and make the team that much better. Because all these […] ... read more...
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  • Righthander Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft and the top pitching prospect in the Astros’ system, has gotten off to a strong start at Class AA Corpus Christi. Appel is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in three starts for the Hooks, with 11 strikeouts to two walks in 14 innings […] read more...
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  • Here are some links and previews to news and notes that concern the Houston Astros. Featured in this week’s “Astros Afternoon” is an article about the MLB bullpen rankings, the commissioner pushing for a big change in the pre-draft process, and a note on uniforms. Do the Astros Have a Top-10 Bullpen? Nicholas Ian Allen […] ... read more...
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  • Those of you who have been reading for a while know that one of the things I like to talk about is the history of the Astros, as seen in my Random Random Astro, Random Trade Tree, and historic scouting report posts. One thing I've been thinking about lately, prompted by many comments on other posts on this site, is whether or not the Everett/Ausmus black hole reputation is d... read more...
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