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Welcome to OWA: 40 for 40

Howdy, Astros faithful. And even the faithless – welcome. 2017 sets up as a big year. I say that figuratively, because surely nobody has jinxed this by making any premature predic… … furk. Well – big, empty predictions deserve big, empty gestures. Which is all a way of saying: Welcome to OWA: 40 for 40. […]
Outside Pitch Feb 21, 2017

James Hoyt can go from deckhand to Houston Astros bullpen in 2017

Last August, Houston Astros relief pitcher James Hoyt finally made his MLB debut. It took him until the age of 29, but seven years ago, it appeared it would never happen. In 2010, Hoyt was a 23-year-old senior for the Centenary College baseball team, a Division III school in Louisiana. In his last opportunity to […] The post James Hoyt can go from deckhand to Houston Astros bullpen in 2017 appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Outside Pitch Feb 18, 2017

Houston Astros: Altuve, Correa and Spring rank in top 20 of MLB Network’s Top 100 players right now

A trio of Houston Astros players, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer, have had their talents recognized once again. In MLB Network’s annual ranking of the top 100 players in the game, the players found themselves in the top half of the list. Springer was listed 41st, Correa ranked 20th and Altuve came in […] The post Houston Astros: Altuve, Correa and Spring rank in top 20 of MLB Network’s Top 100 players right now appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Outside Pitch Feb 18, 2017

Storylines as the Houston Astros begin their first full workout

The 2017 Houston Astros step onto the field for the first time today. If all goes according to plan, they won’t stop playing until November. Through the additions of Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Josh Reddick, they have constructed one of, if not the top lineup in baseball. They have added depth to a pitching […] The post Storylines as the Houston Astros begin their first full workout appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Outside Pitch Feb 17, 2017

Almost three years later, Houston Astros have made out well in the Brady Aiken debacle

The time was June 2014. The Houston Astros were coming off a 51-111 2013 campaign. They also had a record of 25-35 as they directed their attention to the MLB Draft on June 5th. The team was entering their third straight year of holding the first overall pick. They had taken shortstop Carlos Correa (good) […] The post Almost three years later, Houston Astros have made out well in the Brady Aiken debacle appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Outside Pitch Feb 15, 2017

Houston Astros vault: 2005 top minor league prospects

The Houston Astros officially started Spring Training today. As the weeks go on, fans will get a close look at the team’s top prospects. They will develop ‘prospect crushes’ and hope that they end up being the next great player in Major League Baseball. Many times, that isn’t the case. Last week, I decided to […] The post Houston Astros vault: 2005 top minor league prospects appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Outside Pitch Feb 15, 2017

Collin McHugh wins arbitration case against Houston Astros

Starting pitcher Collin McHugh has won his arbitration case against the Houston Astros. As a result, he will earn $3.85 million instead of the $3.25 million the Astros filed at. The hearing was held last Friday and now all of their arbitration-eligible players are under contract for 2017. General Manager Jeff Luhnow is now 1-1 […] The post Collin McHugh wins arbitration case against Houston Astros appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Outside Pitch Feb 13, 2017

Houston Astros: Thoughts about Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list

Baseball America released their Top 100 prospects rankings and the Houston Astros were well represented once again. Five minor-leaguers made the list, led by Francis Martes (No. 15) and Kyle Tucker (No. 19). Fellow pitchers David Paulino (No. 51) and Franklin Perez (No. 54) joined Martes. First base prospect A.J. Reed (No. 72) rounded out […] The post Houston Astros: Thoughts about Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Call to the Pen Feb 11, 2017

Houston Astros History: Remembering John Paciorek

Over the course of baseball history, 992 players have had exactly one Major League appearance. However, none of them had a day quite like Houston Astros right fielder John Paciorek. There is something about those players who make it into one Major League game that captures our imagination. Players like Moonlight Graham fell into that category, […] Houston Astros History: Remembering John Paciorek - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Outside Pitch Feb 11, 2017

What can the Houston Astros expect from Nori Aoki?

The Houston Astros have made many solid additions this offseason to improve their offense. While flashier names such as Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran and Josh Reddick got the headlines, their best move could be their first. On November 3rd, they claimed Mariners outfielder Nori Aoki off waivers. He was the first addition the team made […] The post What can the Houston Astros expect from Nori Aoki? appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Outside Pitch Feb 10, 2017

Examining the Houston Astros’ bench options in 2017

Coming into Spring Training, the Houston Astros have very few question marks in their starting nine. The acquisitions of Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, and Josh Reddick have solidified the lineup. It is only a matter of where manager A.J. Hinch wants to fit the pieces. Where Hinch has a lot of work left to do […] The post Examining the Houston Astros’ bench options in 2017 appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Outside Pitch Feb 9, 2017

Houston Astros, Marwin Gonzalez avoid arbitration

The Houston Astros and utility man Marwin Gonzalez have avoided arbitration. They were able to settle at $3.725 million for the 2017 season. The deal also includes a club option for 2018, which could earn Gonzalez $5.125 million. The club option allows both sides to avoid going through this same process in 2018. The 27-year-old […] The post Houston Astros, Marwin Gonzalez avoid arbitration appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Outside Pitch Feb 9, 2017

If the Houston Astros still want Jose Quintana, Kyle Tucker is the lynchpin to a deal

When the Houston Astros inquired about Jose Quintana’s price tag the Chicago White Sox asked for Joe Musgrove, Francis Marte and Kyle Tucker. This trio of players rounds out the Astros top three prospects and it was never a possibility that the Astros would accept this kind of deal. Yet, Kyle Tucker is a name […] The post If the Houston Astros still want Jose Quintana, Kyle Tucker is the lynchpin to a deal appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Outside Pitch Feb 8, 2017

PECOTA predicts the Houston Astros will lead A.L. in wins

If postseason seeds were based off preseason projections, the Houston Astros would be in great shape. Baseball Prospectus’ Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm (PECOTA) has projected that they will win the American League West. Not only will they win their division, but they are also projected to have the most wins (93) in […] The post PECOTA predicts the Houston Astros will lead A.L. in wins appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Outside Pitch Feb 6, 2017

Houston Astros prospect vault: 2004 top ten prospects

Five Houston Astros were featured in MLB.com’s list of the top 100 prospects last week. While it is easy to get excited, one must temper expectations. Year in and year out “can’t miss” prospects miss. That got me looking back to see former highly touted Astros prospects and look at how many reached their potential. […] The post Houston Astros prospect vault: 2004 top ten prospects appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Call to the Pen Feb 4, 2017

Astros, Will Harris Agree to Two-Year Deal

Will Harris enjoyed an effective season in 2016, and the Houston Astros have rewarded the reliever with a new two-year deal. The Houston Astros have locked up one of their best relievers to a two-year deal on Friday. According to Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros and Will Harris have agreed to a […] Astros, Will Harris Agree to Two-Year Deal - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Outside Pitch Feb 4, 2017

Houston Astros reach multi-year deal with reliever Will Harris

The Houston Astros were able to cross another name off the list of arbitration-eligible players by inking trusty reliever Will Harris to a two-year deal, per Jake Kaplan (link to Twitter). In the contract, Harris will receive $5 million total, with $2.2 million coming this year. There is also a club option for 2019 that […] The post Houston Astros reach multi-year deal with reliever Will Harris appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Outside Pitch Feb 3, 2017

Houston Astros: Who is the real Dallas Keuchel?

The 2015 Houston Astros finished the season 86-76 and were six outs away from appearing the ALCS. The biggest reason for their success was their ace, Dallas Keuchel. The southpaw finished 20-8 with a 2.48 earned run average in 232 innings. Those numbers were good enough to give the 2009 seventh rounder his first AL […] The post Houston Astros: Who is the real Dallas Keuchel? appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.
Call to the Pen Jan 31, 2017

St. Louis Cardinals: Chris Correa Claims Houston Astros Hacked First

Just when we thought that the saga of Chris Correa hacking into the Houston Astros database had ended, he opened a new can of worms. This time, he claims the Houston Astros hacked the Cardinals first. We had thought the story about the St. Louis Cardinals hacking scandal was over. Rob Manfred had handed down […] St. Louis Cardinals: Chris Correa Claims Houston Astros Hacked First - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Call to the Pen Jan 27, 2017

Houston Astros Have Baseball’s Deepest Lineup For 2017

The Houston Astros have made some upgrades this winter, particularly in their starting lineup, that have earned them the distinction of having the deepest projected lineup in baseball. This morning on MLB.com, Mike Petriello detailed why the Houston Astros are the team with the deepest lineup, and the reasoning makes a bunch of sense. In […] Houston Astros Have Baseball’s Deepest Lineup For 2017 - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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