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Call to the Pen Jan 15, 2019

The Houston Astros need to be patient with Forrest Whitley

Astros top prospect Kyle Tucker made his debut in 2018, though it was relatively short-lived. The team’s top pitching prospect Forrest Whitley may not see any MLB field in 2019. But that’s not a problem. The Houston Astros continue to have one of the better farm systems in the league. Lately, the Midwest club has […] The Houston Astros need to be patient with Forrest Whitley - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 15, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 15th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 15th, 2019

Start your day with some of the best Astros links around Astros News Mel Stottlemyre, former Astros pitching coach among other honors, has passed away at 77 (Houston Chronicle)MLB Video has released top prospects videos, including one each for Kyle Tucker, Yordan Alvarez, and Forrest Whitley (MLB Video x 3)Speaking of Whitley, the young hurler was named MLB Pipeline’s #1 RHP prospect (Astros.com)If there’s one thing the 2018 Astros did well it was make contact, expect more of the same in 2019 (Climbing Tal’s Hill)The Astros caravan gets underway next week so take a moment to double...
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 8, 2019
A Deeper Dive into “Ted” Tucker

A Deeper Dive into “Ted” Tucker

An analysis of Tucker’s swing and his year last year. Ted is here pic.twitter.com/qS8IcYqmiN— Jeff Luhnow (@jluhnow) July 7, 2018 As I’m sure every person on this board knows, Kyle Tucker’s abysmal entry into the MLB last year did not inspire confidence. What may be surprising to some who didn’t read this article, is that he may have had a better year last year than many believe. From a BABIP and xWOBA perspective, Tucker had the largest deviation between his expected results and the actual results in all of baseball. Which could be summarized simply as he had the worst luck...
Call to the Pen Jan 5, 2019

Houston Astros: How will Kyle Tucker bounce back in 2019?

The Houston Astros didn’t have many disappointments throughout last season. Yet one of the few was top prospect Kyle Tucker’s poor performance. Can he redeem himself in his first full season? The Houston Astros haven’t given up on top position prospect Kyle Tucker. In fact, the front office might have saved the outfielder from an […] Houston Astros: How will Kyle Tucker bounce back in 2019? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 2, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 2nd, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 2nd, 2019

Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Astros News Jake Kaplan of the Athletic takes a turn answering readers’ questions about the Astros (The Athletic, $$$)MLBTR touches on his column while doing some quick hits from around baseball (MLB Trade Rumors)Get yourself a golden ticket for a chance at season tickets for the Astros and other Houston sports teams (Houston Sports Awards)Or maybe just enjoy this spray chart from all of Kyle Tucker’s MiLB hits (Twitter) Around the League The Yanks add infield depth by picking up Troy Tulowitzki (ESPN)Expect to see these five...
Climbing Tal's Hill Dec 29, 2018

Could Randal Grichuk Be An Option For The Astros?

The Houston native may be another slugger the Astros can acquire to an already dangerous lineup, Grichuk could be the missing piece for Houston. There have been many rumors surrounding the Astros outfield as of late, Kyle Tucker, Josh Reddick, and even Tony Kemp may be on their way out of Houston. It could be […] Could Randal Grichuk Be An Option For The Astros? - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Fish Stripes Dec 29, 2018
Marlins are right to keep Realmuto asking price high for interested Astros

Marlins are right to keep Realmuto asking price high for interested Astros

The All-Star catcher is the perfect fit for an Astros team in win-now mode, and Miami’s looking to parlay that into an elite prospect like Kyle Tucker or Forrest Whitley. We’re all getting impatient with this J.T. Realmuto situation. Midway between the end of the 2018 regular season and Opening Day 2019, the Marlins’ most obvious trade candidate doesn’t seem particularly close to changing uniforms. Jon Morosi of MLB Network explains why talks between the Marlins and Astros currently have “no traction” as we prepare to ring in the new year: Source: #Astros still interested in...
Climbing Tal's Hill Dec 28, 2018

Astros’ farm system one of MLB’s most improved in 2018

The top five most improved farm systems have been named by MLB.com. The Houston Astros not only made the list, but were ranked the best of the five. Astros’ GM Jeff Luhnow has been outwardly protecting his future hopefuls, repeatedly suggesting that Kyle Tucker and Forrest Whitley, #1 and #2 prospects respectively, will not be […] Astros’ farm system one of MLB’s most improved in 2018 - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Dec 28, 2018
Kyle Tucker Still Shouldn’t be Traded

Kyle Tucker Still Shouldn’t be Traded

Just before Christmas there was a lot of chatter about trades involving Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker. #Astros agree with LHH Michael Brantley on 2yr deal as first reported by the Athletic’s @Ken_Rosenthal ……that signing should set the stage now for a possible Kyle Tucker to the #Marlins for J.T. Realmuto deal…maybe DH Nelson Cruz and most assuredly a middle of rotation starter— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) December 18, 2018 The #Astros are back in the mix for #Marlins J.T. Realmuto. Top prospect Kyle Tucker remains a target for a potential deal. The #Padres also have...
Climbing Tal's Hill Dec 24, 2018

Astros: Examining the trade speculation around Kyle Tucker

The Astros’ top position prospect has unintentionally become a divisive figure this offseason. Prospects in baseball are never a guarantee. Sure, plenty of prospects have succeeded, but many have also failed. It’s the unfortunate reality, especially in light of the historically unjustifiable compensation for minor leaguers. I’m sure that the Astros realize not all of […] Astros: Examining the trade speculation around Kyle Tucker - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill Dec 24, 2018

Astros: Is outfielder Josh Reddick now expendable?

With Michael Brantley now officially with the Astros and Kyle Tucker the apparent future, is Josh Reddick now available trade material? Josh Reddick is currently in the middle of a four-year contract, which will cost the Astros $13 million in each of the next two years. There are several teams out there in need of […] Astros: Is outfielder Josh Reddick now expendable? - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Dec 21, 2018
Astros Crawfish Boil: December 21st, 2018

Astros Crawfish Boil: December 21st, 2018

Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Astros News The Brantley deal signified the Astros first big move of the offseason (Forbes)Another big move, but in a terrible way, is Joe Smith injuring his Achilles (Houston Chronicle)In light of that, it seems like a good time to project the Astros bullpen (The Athletic, $$$)But, as for the rotation, could the Astros simply stand pat in that department? (Climbing Tal’s Hill)Where does Kyle Tucker stand in the list of prospects who could be traded for Realmuto? (MLB.com) Around the League The Hot Stove season just ain’t what...

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