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Astros Crawfish Boil: Thursday, February 2, 2023

Astros Crawfish Boil: Thursday, February 2, 2023

Framber Valdez during the final game of the 2022 season. | Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via It’s a (belated) Thursday Boil. It’s the Thursday Boil! Forgive the late. Houston Astros News Astros GM Dana Brown gives ‘realistic’ take on Yuli Gurriel situation (chron.com) Houston Astros Announce Signing of Relief Pitcher to Minor League Deal (si.com) Five sensible options for the Houston Astros’ final roster spot (chron.com) Astros Right Fielder Focused On Season Not Arbitration Case (si.com) Houston Astros’ Framber Valdez Disrespected Yet Again...
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Oops! All Astros: Kyle Gruller

Oops! All Astros: Kyle Gruller

Set Number: X163332 TK1 Kyle Gruller played in 15 games at the High-A level for Houston in 2022. I’m reviewing all 316 players to appear in Houston’s system through the 2022 season. I’ve left no-one out. Kyle Gruller is a six-foot-three, 234 lb. right-handed pitcher from Katy, TX. Born on May 21, 1998, he signed with Houston as an undrafted free agent on June 19, 2020 out of Houston Baptist. ‘ Gruller pitched in 10 games between Houston’s three lowest levels of minor league ball through the 2021 season. Over 29 1⁄3 innings, he struck out 37 and went without...
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Minor League Position Review: Relief Pitcher

Minor League Position Review: Relief Pitcher

ul 2, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Enoli Paredes (48) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels during the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams | Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports See how the young relievers performed in 2022. This week we will move onto the relief pitching position. The Astros still employ the piggyback system so some of the pitchers may have some starts as well. Previous Position Reviews: Catcher First Base Second Base Third Base Shortstop Left Field Center Field Right Field Starting...
The Crawfish Boxes Feb 1, 2023
Astros Crawfish Boil: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Astros Crawfish Boil: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Ronel Blanco in April of the 2022 season. Speaking of the early season, just 56 days until the Opener! | Photo by Tim Warner/ It’s the Humpday Boil! It’s the Humpday Boil! Houston Astros News The greatest Houston Astros players of all-time, by jersey number (chron.com) Brantley ‘excited’ by progress in recovery (MLB.com) Former All-Star believes Houston Astros are still top team in baseball despite big offseasons from Mets, Yankees: “Everything runs through Houston” (sportskeeda.com) Astros sign veteran reliever Ty Buttrey to minor league deal...
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 31, 2023
The Legacy of James Click

The Legacy of James Click

Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports Time for some love for perhaps the most under-appreciated man in sports Has there been a more successful general manager in all of baseball during the 2000s? In his three seasons with the Houston Astros in the wake of the team’s disastrous cheating scandal, James Click was the General Manager of a team that went to the ALCS every year of his reign. They won two AL pennants, and in 2022 Click’s team won the World Series in six games, winning 11 of 13 playoff games and sweeping the Yankees in the ALCS. Days after his great victory, he...
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 31, 2023
Oops! All Astros: Valente Bellozo

Oops! All Astros: Valente Bellozo

Photo by Michael Owens/ Valente Bellozo is an under-the-radar prospect that you may be getting more familiar with. We’re reviewing all 316 players to appear in Houston’s system through the 2022 season. Valente Bellozo is a five-foot-10, 170 lb. right-handed pitcher from Mexicali, MX. Born on January 4, 2000, he signed with the Astros through free agency on July 3, 2017. In 2018 and 2019, between Houston’s three lowest levels of minor league ball, Belloso put up a 0.827 WHIP in 110 innings of work. He also struck out 111, and went 8-2 overall with a 1.72 ERA....
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 31, 2023
Astros Crawfish Boil: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Astros Crawfish Boil: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Korey Lee cheers on Mauricio Dubon in July. | Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via It’s the Tuesday Boil! It’s the Tuesday Boil! Today is the final day of the last baseball-less month. Some team’s pitchers and catchers report as early as Valentine’s Day. Houston Astros News In Brown, Astros get ‘class act’ as GM (mlb.com) Destiny Brought Brown and Baker Together With Houston Astros (si.com) 3 pressing questions facing new Astros general manager Dana Brown ($houstonchronicle.com$) Houston Astros Release Three Minor League Players (si.com) Michael...
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 31, 2023
Jeremy Pena’s Forgettable July and August

Jeremy Pena’s Forgettable July and August

World Series MVP Jeremy Pena during the Astros championship parade. | Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Is the rookie shortstop’s rebound after the two bad months a sign that he will break out offensively? After Jeremy Pena’s MVP award in the World Series, the rookie shortstop became a star. Throughout the year, he was an excellent defender. But, what about his regular season offense? Two months were unlike the other four months. Regular Season wRC+ and OBP By Month (wRC+ / OBP) March/April 116 / .305 May 148 / .353 June 102 / .321 July 85 /...
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 30, 2023
Oops! All Astros: Yordan Alvarez

Oops! All Astros: Yordan Alvarez

Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Yordan Alvarez was Houston’s most valuable offensive asset in 2022. We’re reviewing each of the 316 players to appear in Houston’s system in 2022. Yordan Alvarez is a six-foot-five, 225 lb. left-handed batting, righty throwing outfielder from Las Tunas, Cuba. Born on June 27, 1997, he signed his first professional deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 25, 2016. A week later, he was traded to the Astros for Josh Fields. Alvarez quickly rose through the ranks of Houston’s minor league feeder system, making his debut by...
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 30, 2023
The Paradigm Shift

The Paradigm Shift

Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports Does the hiring of Dana Brown represent a change in philosophy for the Astros and Jim Crane? Possibly. Then, the relief came. No offense to Brad Ausmus, but I frankly had zero desire to see him in charge of a baseball operations department, at least right now without meaningful front-office experience. Of the known candidates, Dana Brown was one of the more appealing options, and his track record, most recently as the VP of scouting with the Braves, speaks for itself. Based on his résumé and the importance of increasing diversity within...
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 30, 2023
Astros Crawfish Boil: Monday, January 30, 2023

Astros Crawfish Boil: Monday, January 30, 2023

Photo by Al Bello/ It’s the Monday Boil! It’s the Monday Boil! Houston Astros News Minnesota Twins Are Showing Interest in Former Astros Star Gurriel (si.com) Houston Astros Peña Snubbed From New MLB Rankings (si.com) One last-minute move Astros must make to round out roster (clutchpoints.com) Former Houston Astros Starter Verlander’s Cy Young Award Has Spelling Error (si.com) Around the American League West Denzel Clarke getting ready to take next step for Oakland A’s (whitecleatbeat.com) Mariners’ Cal Raleigh: ‘Pretty disgusting the kind of stuff’...
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 29, 2023
Three huge tasks for Dana Brown as the new Astros’ GM

Three huge tasks for Dana Brown as the new Astros’ GM

The Astros finally have a new general manager. Here are three of his main tasks to begin his tenure. After James Click’s departure from the Astros’ front office right after the World Series, the Astros had been without a general manager. With owner Jim Crane making decisions in company of other executives, they finally named someone to replace Click as Dana Brown was hired to be the new GM. Even though the front office already reassembled the team for the 2023 MLB season and took the most difficult choices, Brown will have plenty of work to do in the short run. For...
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 29, 2023
Oops! All Astros: Leomar Rosario & Narbe Cruz

Oops! All Astros: Leomar Rosario & Narbe Cruz

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ An Oops! for Sunday. We’re reviewing each of the 316 players to appear in Houston’s system in 2022. Leomar Rosario Leomar Rosario is a six-foot-six, 217 lb. right-handed pitcher from San Cristobal, DR. Born on June 11, 2003, he signed with the Astros through free agency on October 18, 2021. Assigned to the Rookie-Level DSL Astros Blue squad to begin his professional career, Rosario opened his season by striking out six over a three-inning start on June 9. He also allowed three runs on four walks and a pair of hits in a 10-9 loss to the...
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 28, 2023
Astros Crawfish Boil: Saturday, January 28, 2023

Astros Crawfish Boil: Saturday, January 28, 2023

Photo by Tim Warner/ It’s the Weekend Boil! Welcome to the Weekend! Houston Astros News Why Houston Astros’ hiring of GM Dana Brown is historic for baseball (chron.com) How events this week have major franchise-defining impacts for Astros (houston.sportsmap.com) Houston Astros Hiring of Brown Has Extended Championship Window (si.com) When Joe Kelly slammed Houston Astros stars for trying to shift the blame onto managers for the 2017 cheating scandal (sportskeeda.com) Around the AL West Oakland Athletics trade starter Cole Irvin to Baltimore to compete for Orioles...
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 27, 2023
Oops! All Astros: Cesar Salazar

Oops! All Astros: Cesar Salazar

Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Cesar Salazar is yet another solid depth option behind the plate for the Astros. Oops! All Astros is a series where we’re taking a look at all 316 players to appear at any level of Houston’s system in 2022. Cesar Salazar is a five-foot-nine, 185 lb. catcher from Hermosillo, MX. Born on March 15, 1996, he was a seventh-round pick of the Astros in 2018, out of the University of Arizona. Taken with the 222nd overall selection, Salazar could be the eighth to make the majors out of the group. Out of the group, only Coco Crisp...

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