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  • In the last day or two (at the time of writing), FanGraphs released their ZiPS projections for the 2015 edition of the Houston Astros.  Kudos to Baseball Think Factory and Dan Szymborski for their hard work on this system.  There is a lot of information in the article... read more...
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  • After a few weeks off for the holidays, we're back with the latest update on the GOATpen universe. Somehow, no matter how long we're gone, it's always been exactly two weeks for our alternate timeline. Weird.I've had a few people ask about the "GOATpen" part of the title. It's a play on words. Over the last couple seasons, some of us have felt that "bullpen" does... read more...
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  • Thursday was spring training’s “photo day” for the Astros in Kissimmee, Fla., and the Houston Chronicle’s Jose de Jesus Ortiz caught up with first baseman Jon Singleton for a breakdown of all the behind-the-scenes fun. jesus.ortiz@chron.com twitter.com/OrtizKicks read more...
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  • Astros fans are waiting for the spring training games to start so the 2015 roster can begin to take shape. Mark Appel and Carlos Correa could make their debuts with Houston this year. With that possibility in mind, they would lose their eligibility to be one of the top Astros prospects. Who would replace the […] ... read more...
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  • Carlos Correa wasn’t afraid to say good morning to Sunshine the Python. #AstrosST pic.twitter.com/4IT3cC2o6O — Houston Astros (@astros) February 26, 2015   KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Astros bullpen catcher Javier Bracamonte showcased his hurdling abilities Thursday morning after he saw an Albino Burmese Python in the clubhouse at Osceola County Stadium. Astros manager A.J.... read more...
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  • The Astros are going into their third season with their current uniforms. According to one sports uniform expert, Houston has some work to do with its threads. Paul Lukas, who runs the popular Uniwatch blog, ranked the Astros 23rd in his annual MLB Uni Watch Power Rankings. Here what he had to say about the Astros’ […] read more...
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  • KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Although it’s too early to draw any conclusions, Astros manager A.J. Hinch liked what he saw from the first day of live batting practices. Dallas Keuchel, Scott Feldman, Luke Gregerson, Tony Sipp, Dan Straily, Josh Fields and Luis Cruz were among the group that threw to hitters. “The pitchers certainly look good,” […] read more...
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  • KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Top Astros pitching prospect Mark Appel got some positive feedback from catcher Roberto Pena after his first live batting practice of camp. At one point, Pena turned back to rave about Appel’s fastball after Marwin Gonzalez noted the late life on the pitch. “That was like 97-mph, and his changeup is like […] read more...
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  • If I told you that someone in 2015 would hit 30+ home runs, drive in 100+ runs, and steal 25+ bases, you would say “Sure.  Mike Trout.”  Well, I have a bold prediction for Major League Baseball fans.  Houston’s George Springer will finish ahead of Mr. Trout in the MVP voting this year. Springer struggled out […] ... read more...
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  • Pitcher Brady Aiken, the Astros’ No. 1 pick in last year’s draft, has enrolled at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., to help prepare for the 2015 draft. A lefthander from Cathedral Catholic H.S. in San Diego, Aiken didn’t sign with the Astros last year because of issues with his ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing […] read more...
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  • KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Astros lefthander Dallas Keuchel, who led the club in victories last year, was pleased with his first live batting practice throwing session. “I felt good,” he said. “I was pretty much trying to throw as many strikes and fill up the zone as possible. I was able to establish both corners. I […] read more...
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  • KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Astros righthander Brad Peacock, who is slowly working back from offseason hip surgery, noticed no discomfort Thursday morning while running a day after throwing his second bullpen of camp. Peacock ran for 20 minutes on the Alter-G treadmill, which is an anti-gravity machine that allows runners to control the weight bearing on […] read more...
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  • With the TV situation the last couple of years for the Astros, a lot of fans were relegated to listening to the games on the radio. Now for somebody like me, who is aspiring to be a broadcaster in Major League Baseball, this wasn’t a major issue. But for the casual fan, this could be quite […] ... read more...
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  • Each day the Astros are in Florida for spring training, we will profile a different member of the 40-man roster. Today, we look at Luis Cruz. LUIS CRUZ Position: Pitcher Bats/throws: Left/left Height/weight: 5-9, 203 Opening day age: 24 Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico How acquired: Ninth round, 2008 draft MLB experience: None 2014 recap: […] read more...
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  • Even though it's been a month for us, it's only been two weeks for our players. That said, the next update, probably coming in a few weeks, will run through the end of the season and introduce our County Series, the best of seven culmination of this sim. I guess time runs a little more sporadically in this alternate universe.Here are the standings from just past ... read more...
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