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AstroAndy

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Scouting Reports on Keuchel from 2009

With the draft on the horizon and Dallas Keuchel's recent displays of very-competent pitching, it got me thinking: what were people saying about Keuchel when he was drafted? A while back, I used...

Drayton McLane Loves The Crawfish Boxes

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From an interview with Alyson Footer by Rich Malley: Interviewer: What kind of relationship do you have with the Astros fan sites? Footer: "Well, we like them. We are pro fan blogs. We have three main ones in Houston. Interviewer: I’m a Crawfish Boxes guy. Footer: We like them. Drayton (team owner Drayton McLane) really likes them. So when Drayton likes them, we like them. (laughs) Interviewer: That’s interesting, because they’re pretty hard on him. Well, he has a lot of respect for the amount of content they produce and the quality of the analysis. (AA:emphasis mine) I mean, they’re hard on him, but they’re basing their opinions on factual information, and they’re drawing their conclusions on something more than, "This guy stinks!" Drayton’s whole philosophy is, he wants people to talk about his team, whatever they’re talking about. So if you get like-minded people that are talking about the team, that’s the goal of any franchise."

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Jordan Lyles scouting reports

With the due date for pitchers and catchers to report to Spring Training a little over a month away, one of the players I know we'll all be keeping our eyes on is Jordan Lyles.  He's been invited...

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Who is Cesar Carrillo?

"Who is Cesar Carrillo?" I was counting up the names on the Astros' 40-man roster earlier this offseason and came across the name of a right-handed pitcher that I didn't recognize.  I thought I was...

Eric Young will be joining the D-Backs

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Eric Young, the minor league outfield and baserunning instructor for the Astros, will be taking a position as First Base Coach for the D-Backs later this week.

A headline mistake? Or is there some new stat I'm missing?

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A headline mistake? Or is there some new stat I'm missing?

Jordan Lyles congratulated by South Carolina State Senate

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I missed this when it happened almost a year ago, but Jordan Lyles was officially congratulated on his bad-ass high school sports accomplishments (he also threw for 1,568 yards and 23 touchdowns as his high school's QB and was the Regional Player of the Year in basketball!) and for getting selected by the Astros in the draft. They wish him luck in his future endeavors, just as we Crawfish Boxers do. The link is to a copy of the official resolution.

JdJO to no longer cover Astros?

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"Of course, it's kind of easy for McTaggart to scoop the Chron right now seeing as they don't currently have a baseball beat writer. Jose de Jesus Ortiz has been moved to the Houston Dynamo beat. It's rumored that soccer guy Bernardo Fallas will be taking over the Astros beat, but he doesn't seem to be actively covering the team at the moment."

Breaking News: McLane Enters Negotiations To Sell Astros

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"This past weekend, McLane signed a working letter of intent to sell the team to a group that would consist of a mix of local and out of town investors. The names haven't come forward yet, but we have found out that the big money is from out of town, where three to five investors would be involved, and there would be 10 to 12 smaller level local investors."

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Jason Castro Scouting Report

John Klima over at Baseballbeginnings.com has put up a scouting report of Astros farmhand and top prospect Jason Castro after seeing him play 12 innings in the Arizona Fall League.  I won't poach...

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Non-tender DJ Carrasco vs. Brandon Lyon

Random hot stove speculation time!Reliver DJ Carrasco was non-tendered by the White Sox today. Carrasco has had two consecutive seasons of sub-4.00 ERA and sub-3.75 FIP.  MLBTradeRumors compared...

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Astros and Arbitration

Arbitration decisions are looming and the fate of the Astros offseason will likely be determined by the decisions made by the front office.  I know each of us here has some thoughts on the matter,...

Phillies release former Astro Eric Bruntlett

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Super-utility player Bruntlett, who went over to the Phillies in the Bourn trade, hasn't put up very shiny numbers since he left Houston. Houston stats: 539 PA, .250 AVG, .323 OBP, .364 SLG Philly stats: 356 PA, .202 AVG, .273 OBP, .278 SLG

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Kazuo Matsui's Weird Splits

While looking at stats to see where the Astros have room for improvement in 2010, I noticed something odd.  Kazuo Matsui has bizarre splits (insert tasteless anal fissure joke here).  For his...

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Pitching Reclamation Projects

Today, Dying Quail posted his shoestring-budget plan for the Astros offseason, and it included signing a top-tier reclamation project so that new pitching coach Brad Arnsberg could work his magic. ...

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The Astros, JdJO, and Drugs

Jose de Jesus Ortiz had quite a lot to say in his blog entitled Sad Sad News for Cruz.  A lot of his piece had little to do with Cheo, but one bit in particular caught my eye.   How can you...

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First game of the Arizona Fall League

The first game of the Arizona Fall League was yesterday.  While farmstros or davoag will likely keep you updated on what's happening in the fall/winter leagues in these threadbare months, it's nice...

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2009 Rule 5 Draft Eligible Farmstros

Many of our minds turned to the off-season weeks ago.  One of the more exciting parts of the off-season is the Rule 5 draft, which is used to prevent good players from languishing on the minor...

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Tommy Manzella vs. Adam Everett

September is here, rosters have expanded, and the Astros are pretty well out of contention.  At this point, most Fans (meaning those who are still paying attention to the Astros) really would like...

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Wilton Lopez Earns Call Up

According to Greg Rajan of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Alberto Arias has a sore right knee, and so Wilton Lopez (from the Astros' AA team) will join the Astros in Phoenix for the D-Backs...

ESPN Speculates on Coop's Future

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A National League scout who's spent a lot of time watching the Astros thinks Cooper's strategic missteps have outweighed his positives. It's tough to live down intentionally walking Nick Johnson to face Hanley Ramirez. "It's like he manages inning to inning rather than three innings down the road," the scout said. "I think he'd be better off as a first-base coach and working with hitters. He's had some good moments, but a lot of questionable moments as far as how he addresses and reacts to situations."

Astros Minor Leaguer Suspended for PEDs

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"Pitcher Felix Ramirez of the Houston Astros organization (Dominican Summer League) has been suspended after testing positive for Boldenone." MLB has been really cracking down on the DSL lately. Baseball is on pace to have the most PED suspensions in a single year.

Fernando Nieve to the DL

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Fernando Nieve and his surprisingly hot start (2.95 ERA, but 1.50 WHIP and a 4.84 FIP) have been cut short--he's been placed on the 15-day DL. New York papers looked like they were playing down the seriousness of it, but MLB.com calls it a muscle tear in the right thigh. It's at least a 6-week rehab.

Why I am not renewing my BP subscription

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This snippet (behind the pay wall) is just one of many reasons why I won't be re-upping my subscription: "Houston Astros: Ed Wade's kamikaze run to nowhere enters its second season, and with Carlos Lee, Lance Berkman, and Roy Oswalt almost unmoveable from the roster with their long-term deals, there's really nothing to do but make the best of this year's equally feeble race for relevance. There aren't really prospects they can afford to deal, so they're limited to asking after second-rate relievers to shore up a third-rate bullpen. Trying to tear down, their best play would be to see what people would give them for the last two months of Jose Valverde's or Miguel Tejada's contracts. A wild suggestion? Help out a weak defense by moving Tejada to third base already, and put Jeff Keppinger and/or Geoff Blum to short; nobody's going to sign Tejada to play short this winter, so maybe he'll thank you later. And if you decide you like Keppinger at short well enough for 2010, you won't have to shop for Tejada's replacement, will you?"

Barely Astros Related -- Number of Letters in Ballplayer Names

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Astros draftee Brandon Wikoff went to the same high school as Jim Thome. In the 2009 draft another guy from Wikoff's high school was drafted. Seth Schwindenhammer If this guy makes the big leagues, he'll beat Saltalamacchia's record for a single name with the most letters. Salty's 14 letters is tied with a guy who took two names to get there...William Van Landingham. Schwindenhammer's name has 15 letters. I'm rooting for him.

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International Free Agent Signings

Baseball America is reporting that the Astros have signed Dominican SS Jonathan Mejia for $370,000.  He apparently has a good bat, but will be moved to either 3B or the outfield.  The Astros have...

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Astros Uniforms - Vote your favorite

In this post, we look at the Astros uniforms through the ages and you vote for your favorite.

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