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SpikesnStars Mar 24, 2017

40 for 40 Presents: Yulieski Gurriel

Who Am I? Yulieski Gurriel Infielder Age: 32 Height: 6′ 0″ Weight: 190 Bats right, throws right How Did I Get Here? Gurriel was signed by the Astros as a free agent on July 16, 2016; he debuted on August 21. Why Am I Here? Gurriel was signed to play third base. A funny thing […]
SpikesnStars Mar 22, 2017

40 for 40 Presents: Marwin Gonzalez

Who Am I? Marwin Gonzalez Infielder Age: 28 (boy, would I have guessed wrong on that one. Martin has always seemed at least 33 to me) Height: 6′ 1″ Weight: 205 Switch hitter, throws right How Did I Get Here? Marwin was originally signed by the Cubs as an international free agent in 2005. In 2011, he […]
SpikesnStars Mar 21, 2017

40 for 40 Presents: Carlos Correa

Who Am I? Carlos Correa Shortstop Age: 22 Height: 6′ 4″ Weight: 215 Bats right, throws right How Did I Get Here? Correa was the first overall selection of the 2012 draft, and was called up in June 2015. Contract Status: Correa will be eligible for arbitration in 2019, assuming the Astros don’t work out a contract […]
SpikesnStars Mar 20, 2017

40 for 40 Presents: Alex Bregman

Who Am I? Alex Bregman Infielder Age: 22 Height: 6′ 0″ Weight: 180 Bats right, throws right How Did I Get Here? Bregman was the second overall selection of the 2015 draft – a draft pick that the Astros received as compensation for their failure to sign Brady Aiken with the 2014 draft’s first overall […]
Call to the Pen Mar 19, 2017

Houston Astros Scouting Report on OF Kyle Tucker

Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker came into the league as part of a financial deal, but he’s turned himself into an elite prospect. Player Profile The Houston Astros drafted Kyle Daniel Tucker out of high school in Florida with the fifth overall draft pick in the 2015 draft. Tucker was a solid prospect for sure, […] Houston Astros Scouting Report on OF Kyle Tucker - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
SpikesnStars Mar 18, 2017

40 for 40 Presents: Jose Altuve

Who Am I? Jose Altuve Second baseman Age: 26 Height: 5′ 6″ Weight: 165 Bats right, throws right How Did I Get Here? Altuve was signed by the Astros as an international free agent in 2007, and debuted with the big club in 2011. Contract Status: Altuve has easily the biggest bargain contract (for those eligible for […]
SpikesnStars Mar 17, 2017

40 for 40 Presents: Max Stassi

Who Am I? Max Stassi Catcher Age: 26 Height: 5′ 10″ Weight: 200 Bats right, throws right How Did I Get Here? Stassi was a 4th round pick by the A’s in 2009. He was then traded to Houston along with Brad Peacock and Chris Carter in exchange for Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez. He […]
SpikesnStars Mar 16, 2017

40 for 40 Presents: Brian McCann

Who Am I? Brian McCann Catcher Age: 33 Height: 6′ 3″ Weight: 225 Bats left, throws right (He’s a catcher… we’ll allow it.) Nickname: “Fun Police” How Did I Get Here? McCann was originally drafted in the second round by Atlanta in 2002. He debuted in the majors at age 21 in 2005, and remained […]
SpikesnStars Mar 15, 2017

40 for 40 Presents: Evan Gattis

Who Am I? Evan Gattis Catcher Age: 30 Height: 6′ 4″ Weight: 270 (Do YOU want to run into a 270 pound catcher at the plate??) Bats right, throws right How Did I Get Here? James Evan Gattis is undoubtedly the finest product of UT-Permian Basin to ever don an Astro uniform. He was a 23rd […]
MLB Trade Rumors Mar 15, 2017

Offseason In Review: Houston Astros

This is the latest entry in MLBTR’s Offseason In Review series. Even though the Astros underwhelmed en route to 84 wins and a third-place finish in the American League West in 2016, they still entered the offseason in enviable shape. When previewing their winter in October, I wrote, “Given the plethora of talent that’s already in…
SpikesnStars Mar 14, 2017

40 for 40 Presents: Ashur Tolliver

Who Am I? Ashur Tolliver LHP Age: 29 Height: 6′ 0″ Weight: 170 (Theory: this is meant to make him harder to hit by the fact that he disappears when he turns sideways to the hitter.) Throws left, bats left How Did I Get Here? Tolliver was a 5th round pick by Baltimore in 2009. […]
Call to the Pen Mar 14, 2017

Houston Astros: Ideal Leadoff Hitter Jose Altuve Has Outgrown the Role

Former Houston Astros leadoff hitter Jose Altuve could still be one of the best for the job. However, his role in Houston has become even more important. Few, if any, players in MLB right now look as ideal for the leadoff hitter role than Jose Altuve. The Houston Astros second baseman has led the league […] Houston Astros: Ideal Leadoff Hitter Jose Altuve Has Outgrown the Role - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
SpikesnStars Mar 14, 2017

40 for 40 Presents: Tony Sipp

Who Am I? Tony Sipp LHP Age: 33 Height: 6′ 0″ Weight: 190 Throws left, bats left How Did I Get Here? Sipp had the privilege of being drafted three times – and watching his stock drop each successive time: the Cubs took him in the 28th round in 2001, the White Sox took him […]
SpikesnStars Mar 12, 2017

40 for 40 Presents: Brady Rodgers

Who Am I? Brady Rodgers RHP Age: 26 Height: 6′ 2″ Weight: 210 Bats right, throws right How Did I Get Here? Rodgers was drafted by the Astros in the third round of the 2012 draft and was added to the 40-man roster when he was called up in September 2016. Contract Status: Rodgers has 3 option […]
Call to the Pen Mar 12, 2017

Houston Astros: Will Joe Musgrove Be Their Fifth Starter, or Nah?

If spring training is good for anything, it’s the position battles. Each team seems to have one or two positions unsettled as we march closer to Opening Day. The Houston Astros are no exception to the rule, as the back-end of their rotation is still loosely-defined, even as we move closer to the start of […] Houston Astros: Will Joe Musgrove Be Their Fifth Starter, or Nah? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
SpikesnStars Mar 11, 2017

40 for 40 Presents: Brad Peacock

Who Am I? Brad Peacock RHP Age: 29 Height: 6′ 1″ Weight: 210 Throws right, Bats right How Did I Get Here? Peacock was a 41st-round pick by Washington in 2006. He was traded to Oakland in December 2011 in the Gio Gonzalez deal, then traded to Houston (along with Chris Carter and Max Stassi) […]
SpikesnStars Mar 10, 2017

40 for 40 Presents: David Paulino

Who Am I? David Paulino RHP Age: 23 Height: 6′ 7″ Weight: 215 (Dear David: Please mix in a steak every now and then.) Throws Right, Bats Right How Did I Get Here? Paulino was originally signed by Detroit in 2010 as an international free agent. He was later traded to Houston as the PTBNL, […]
SpikesnStars Mar 9, 2017

40 for 40 Presents: Joe Musgrove

Who Am I? Joe Musgrove RHP Age: 24 Height: 6′ 5″ Weight: 265 Throws right, Bats right How did I get here? Musgrove was a supplemental first-rounder in 2011, drafted by Toronto. He was traded to Houston in the Great Houston-Toronto MegaDeal of 2012 (trademark pending) that included David Carpenter, JA Happ, Brandon Lyon, Kevin Comer, Asher Wojo.. wojo… […]
SpikesnStars Mar 8, 2017

40 for 40 Presents: Charlie Morton

Who Am I? Charlie Morton RHP Age: 33 Height: 6′ 5″ Weight: 235 Throws right, Bats right How did I get here? Morton was drafted out of high school in 2006 by the Braves, in the third round. He was traded by the Braves in 2009 to the Pirates for Nate McLouth, and then traded by the Pirates to […]
SpikesnStars Mar 7, 2017

40 for 40 Presents: Collin McHugh

Who Am I? Collin McHugh RHP Age: 29 Height: 6′ 2″ Weight: 190 Throws right, Bats right How did I get here? McHugh was originally drafted by the Mets in the 18th round in 2008. In 2013, he was traded to Colorado in exchange for Eric Young. Colorado thought so highly of this deal that they waived McHugh […]

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