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AstroAndy

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Unofficial Scorer: Talked to Maysonet and Cooper today, and the plan was always for Maysonet to be...

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Unofficial Scorer: Talked to Maysonet and Cooper today, and the plan was always for Maysonet to be a bench player, which was interrupted by injuries that made him start. I wouldn't have minded seeing him get a few more ABs, but I don't think you would have seen him keep up those averages in more exposure.

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Roy Oswalt, Russ Ortiz, and FIP

Exploring some Astros pitcher's beyond ERA.

Jordan Lyles talks about pre-draft workouts

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Interesting article about how high school and college players have to pick and choose which team workouts they attend. A big focus on Jordan Lyles as a workout success story, especially since he hadn't initially planned on going to Houston's workout. Some relevant quotes: "I had been recruited by schools for three different sports, so I didn't have a lot of trouble sorting everything out," Lyles said. "The main thing I looked at was focusing on the ones I could drive to due to the cost involved." ... Yet the more Lyles and his adviser, Lee Long of the Palmetto Sports Management Group, studied the situation, the more attractive an invite to Minute Maid Park in Houston became. Long noted the Astros had supplemental picks after the first and third rounds as well as all of their regular selections. Add in the team's lack of depth in its farm system and Long believed the investment of a plane ticket to Texas could pay dividends for Lyles and his family. ... "We initially hadn't planned on going to Houston," Lyles said. "It seems like only a few weeks ago, and I can remember every pitch I threw in that workout. It was definitely a good decision to go there."

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Highlights from Chat with Scouting Director/GM Bobby Heck

The Chronicle's Jose de Jesus Ortiz had Bobby Heck available for a chat earlier today on the Chron website.  Here are some highlights in easy-to-read form.

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BA Eats Crow on Astros 2008 Draft

When it comes to the draft, there are no "experts." We take a look at what the "experts" said last year and to say that doubters need not worry about the #Astros 2009 draft just yet.

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Great Night for CC Hooks Fans

Jose Valverde and Kazuo Matsui were on rehab assignments tonight in Corpus Christi, but even they might not have been the biggest attraction.  Tonight, Jason Castro caught his first game in AA.  He...

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It's Draft Day!

Draft Day is here!  For me, the draft is like Baseball Christmas, and tonight we get to see what new ballplayers that Bobby Heck and his scouting team have brought us.  As fans have grown more...

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Astros Draft Preview - Part Six: The Texas Connection

A look at what the great State of Texas has to offer the 'Stros in the 2009 amateur draft.

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Astros Draft Preview - Part Five: Mock Drafts

Cyphering through the mock drafts to see what, if anything, they can do to add clarity to what Bobby Heck et al, will do on draft day.

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Astros Draft Preview - Part Four

There's a little over a week left until draft day and baseball websites are in full swing trying to figure out who goes where.  So it seems like a good time for another Astros Draft Preview! We've...

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Astros Draft Preview - Part Three: Pitching Preferences

This is part 3 of my Astros draft preview.  Below the jump, we look at the kinds of pitchers taken by both the Brewers and the Astros during Bobby Heck's time in those teams' scouting departments. 

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Astros Draft Preview - Part Two

Checking in what we can expect from the Astros draft.

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Astros Draft Preview - Part One

I admit it.  I am obsessed with the draft.  To that end, I have collected a lot of data and information on the 2009 draft to try to narrow down the field of who we might pick in the first round on...

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Astros Hero of the Week - Vote Now!

In a week that has seen the Astros not perform miserably, lets try and name the leading candidate for this feat.

Tejada, Bourn make the top 5 Web Gems.

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Tejada, Bourn make the top 5 Web Gems.

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Lance Berkman and Plate Discipline Stats

A look into what's making Lance struggle so much at at the plate.

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Science of Baseballs

There've been a lot of home runs already this season (particularly at New Yankee Stadium, particularly when the Yankees aren't batting) and there's been some talk lately about whether or not the...

I don't usually go to ESPN for baseball news, but I went there today, and they had this video of...

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I don't usually go to ESPN for baseball news, but I went there today, and they had this video of the best baseball moments involving a wall. You knew Aaron Rowand was going to be in there, but they got some Bo Jackson as well. Well worth the watch, even if you have to mute it.

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Former Astros Scout Opening Brazilian Talent Pipeline?

You know how people talk about how the Astros used to be a pioneer in finding baseball talent in Venezuela?  Well the guy who opened up that market to us was Andrés Reiner, a former Astros scout. T...

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Old-Timey Baseball Photos

Just some Saturday miscellany to get you through to game time.  I think that the new AP photos feature that SBNation has started using has been pretty cool.  Well, today, I stumbled across some...

Milo Calling Fewer Innings Per Home Game

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Dolan and Raymond will do the play-by-play in innings 4-6 while Milo schmoozes advertisers/corporate clients around the park.

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Geographic Roll Call

Where are you from?  I've got a hunch that this board is heavily populated with Austinites.  If you don't want to be specific, you can name the major or minor league team you're closest to. This...

Baseball Executive Surprised Russ Ortiz's Improvement

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Ken Rosenthal says: I had the Astros pegged as a "potential train wreck," but one rival executive notes that they played much better late in the spring, going 11-4 after their 1-16-3 start. The same executive says he was "totally shocked" by the improvement in right-hander Russ Ortiz, who looked the way he did in his best years with the Giants and Braves, giving every indication that he could be a quality No. 4 starter . . .

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UPDATED: Tweaking the Pythagorean Formula

Trying to explain way the colloquial, "The Astros Pythag record sucked," argument.

For all you DH-haters and lovers of the Senior Circuit, this hat is now available at the mlb.com...

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For all you DH-haters and lovers of the Senior Circuit, this hat is now available at the mlb.com shop! Sure, it was intended to represent the Netherlands at the World Baseball Classic, but if it means that the only league that plays real baseball can have a few extra rally caps at the All-Star game, maybe it's worth it!

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Lou Palmisano to Remain in the Astros Farm System

According to Rotoworld Brewers declined the return of Rule 5 pick Lou Palmisano from the Astros. Palmisano had been outrighted before, so he had the right to choose free agency rather than...

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Wandy Rodriguez Is A #2 Pitcher

Wandy Rodriguez is a legitimate number two pitcher, I'll explain why.

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Jason Castro discusses PED's

Here's a link to the article.  A couple of interesting take-aways: "Now that I'm playing professional baseball, when I talk to guys who've played for a while, I realize (PED use) is still...

Author of Moneyball looks at the Rockets, Shane Battier, and Daryl Morey

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I'm not a big basketball fan, but I devoured this article. I got all the way to the end before realizing it was written by Michael Lewis.

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Astros Minor League Profile: Drew Sutton

This is the second minor league profile I put together over the winter.  It essentially collects all the information I could find from scouts, news articles, and message boards to try to put...

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