Anthony Boyer

  • joined Nov 30, 2012
  • last login Apr 19, 2014
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Houston Astros fan since 1987; blogger since 2008.

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We Missed ERA's 100th Birthday

ERA is commemorated in the 1913 Spalding Guide.

Delino DeShields' Center Field Defense

We take a look at some of the tape on the young minor league season to assess top prospect Delino DeShields' move from second base back to the outfield, where he began his professional career.

Houston Astros Minor League Recap: 4/16/14

The Astros minor leagues celebrate #SpringerDay with three wins and an off day.

Weekly College Prospect Update: 4/11 - 4/13

Carlos Rodon puts in a strong effort against Duke, Aaron Nola continues to destroy college hitters, and Max Pentecost flashes some muscle.

A Firsthand Look at Mark Appel's Full-Season Debut

Minor league writer Anthony Boyer heads to Lancaster for Mark Appel's first full-season start as a member of the Houston Astros organization.

Houston Astros Minor League Recap: 4/9/14

Quad Cities drops a game to fall to the bottom of the Midwest League, but heroics from their respective second basemen put the 'hawks - Red and Jet, that is - on top to help the Astros farm go 2-1.

Houston Astros Minor League Recap: 4/8/14

Four teams, three wins for the Astros minor leaguers on Tuesday night.

Weekly College Prospect Update: 4/4/14 - 4/6/14

A.J. Reed continues to clobber baseballs. Meanwhile, Carlos Rodon gets through his first game without walking anyone, but questions remain as Clemson hitters touch him up for eleven hits, six runs, and a lot of fly balls.

Mark Appel learns some control... or not.

To deal with the offensive environment in Lancaster - as well as just about anything else life brings his way - first-overall draft pick Mark Appel has learned to live with not being in complete control.

Daily Crawfish Boil: Jack Armstrong Retires

The Astros' third-round pick in 2011, the man with the $750k arm quietly retired without ever having thrown a pitch in affiliated ball. Is this the end of his baseball journey?

College Prospect Weekly Update

Many of the country's top college pitchers struggled this weekend. Meanwhile, the NHSI is here, and Dylan Cease is not.

Weekly College Roundup: 3/14 - 3/16

High schools around the country enter the mix as some premiere pitching matchups (Nola vs. Beede and Weaver vs. Rodon) dominate the headlines.

Are MLB Teams Deploying Their Scouts Efficiently?

Texas, California, and Florida lead the nation in draftees, and not coincidentally, in scouts. But is the way the scouting community is currently situated the best way?

Weekly College Prospect Roundup: 2/28 - 3/2

Tyler Beede, Aaron Nola, Carlos Rodon, and Jeff Hoffman may dominate the college pitching talk, but UCLA reminded the nation this week that they're not the reigning champs for nothing.

The Daily Boil: Chris Duffy

We examine Evan Drellich's piece on Chris Duffy, a former Golden Spikes Award finalist who arrived at Astros camp in street clothes, asking for a chance to show that he can still play baseball.

Weekly College Prospect Roundup: 2/21 - 2/23

A quick look at some of the biggest draft-eligible names around college baseball reveals improvement from Carlos Rodon, dominance by Aaron Nola, the season's first no-hitter, and an impressive five home-run performance by A.J. Reed.

Former Minor Leaguers File Suit Against MLB

Aaron Senne, Michael Liberto, and Oliver Odle filed a suit this month in the U.S. District Court, alleging violations of wage and overtime laws by Major League Baseball.

Weekly College Prospect Update

College baseball is back, and while Carlos Rodon got off to a shaky start, others stepped up in the first week of action, including Aaron Nola (LSU), Luke Weaver (Florida State), Casey Gillaspie (Wichita State), and Daniel Mengden (Texas A&M).

Fifty "Very Luhnow" Prospects II: The Pitchers

With the college season kicking off this weekend, Anthony Boyer takes a look at which college pitchers might be fits for the Houston Astros in the 2014 draft.

50 "Very Luhnow" Prospects Part 1, Take 2

Re-visiting some of the less-obvious college position players who might be good fits for the Houston Astros in the 2014 MLB draft.

A Tale of Two Waves

Noah Lowry and Dan Haren went to high school less than 100 miles apart, were rotation mates in college, and got drafted within a round of each other before having entirely different pro careers. What can they tell us about prospect evaluation?

50 "Very Luhnow" Prospects: Part I - The Hitters

With just over a month to go before the beginning of the college baseball season, which prospects should you keep an eye on as potential Astros draft picks?

Steamer, Oliver, and Houston's Top Prospects

Carson Cistulli takes a look at the Steamer projections for some of Houston's top prospects... and I look at the Oliver projections for some more of them.

So Long, Jordan Lyles, We Hardly Knew Ye

There was a time when Jordan Lyles was the only future Astros fans had to dream on. Watching the youngster develop as a professional was often frustrating, but watching him leave is like the end of an era.

A Conversation with Astros Prospect Tyler Heineman

The Astros 2012 8th-round pick out of UCLA, catcher Tyler Heineman provided solid defense and an emerging bat in Lancaster in 2013. He found some time this offseason to talk to me about game-calling, pitch-receiving, and his 13-home run 2013 season.

The Birth of the Akron RubberDucks

To many, the Akron Aeros' change to the Akron RubberDucks may look like a blatant marketing ploy. Beneath the surface, though, giving themselves a new identity could be the only way they could save themselves from their own history.

What's In A Name: When Minor League Teams Re-Brand

With talk of the Astros moving their Triple-A affiliate to The Woodlands, let's stop to consider other recent minor league moves, including the re-branding of the Akron team and the move of San Diego's PCL affiliate to El Paso.

Important Offseason Dates

A primer to help you get through the offseason dates, from the final day of the regular season to pitchers and catchers reporting.

A Conversation with Jason Martin

The Astros' 8th-round pick in 2013, Jason Martin is a blend of speed, patience, and defense that the Astros are hoping will develop into a very good leadoff man in the future. He took time off before instructionals to tell us about his first season.

Tri-City Wins The NYPL Championship

Tri-City wins their second NYPL title in four years, Quad Cities takes a commanding 2-0 series lead back to Davenport, and the ghost of Andrew Aplin's 11th-inning catch in game five of the Cal League South Division finals whispers its last hurrah.

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