6:55 PM EDT, Tue March 19, 2019
5 hours ago
More Spring Training Cuts; Cionel Perez to Report to Spring Training Camp

More Spring Training Cuts; Cionel Perez to Report to Spring Training Camp

It’s between Framber Valdez and Reymin Guduan for lefty reliever role According to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros have optioned Derek Fisher, Myles Straw, and Cionel Perez to minor league camp. The decision to option Perez is the first surprise among all the cuts this Spring, as he was still considered by some writers, including Jake Kaplan of the Athletic as late as yesterday, to be a front-runner for the lefty reliever role. With his departure the competition seems to come down Reymin Guduan and Framber Valdez. Valdez is also seen as competing for the fifth starter...
6 hours ago
Mike Trout to re-sign with the Angels. (poll included)

Mike Trout to re-sign with the Angels. (poll included)

12 year, $430 million If the reports are true, and they are widely reported throughout media-land, Mike Trout is about to sign the biggest contract in sports history; $430 million over 12 years. That’s an AAV of $35.8 million. He will be signed through his age 39 season. More here. A few fun Trout facts. Angels owner Art Moreno bought the Angels for half this contract: $184 million. Trout’s annual salary is almost as large as the salary for Tampa Bay’s 25 man roster: $39.7 million. At age 32 the Angels signed a 10 year, $252 million contact with Albert Pujols. At age 32 Trout will...
9 hours ago
A Conversation with Astros Pitching Prospect Parker Mushinski

A Conversation with Astros Pitching Prospect Parker Mushinski

As the minor league season fast approaches, I spoke with the talented farmhand about the evolution of his arsenal, pitching roles, what he’s learned in pro ball and more. The Astros’ farm system is known for its consistent depth, which makes it both exciting and intimidating to follow. Now in 2019, the system is as strong as it has been since before the Astros’ metamorphosis into World Series winner; particularly on the pitching side, where the organization has significant talent at every rung on the ladder and each evaluator seems to have a different set of favorites and sleeper...
9 hours ago
Astros Crawfish Boil: March 19th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: March 19th, 2019

Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Astros News With Opening Day around the corner, let’s see what Jake Kaplan is projecting for the roster (The Athletic, $$$)Though when it comes to team goals, the only assessment is more championships (Texas Sports Nation)And it will certainly help that the Astros are stacked at both the minor and major league level (Astros.com)It’s a good thing that the team has pitching depth, because it may be a big part of this season (Climbing Tal’s Hill)Altuve spent some time with late Venezualan actress Monica Spear’s daughter while...
Mar 18, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: March 18th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: March 18th, 2019

Start your week with some of the best Astros links around Astros News Saturday’s game featured another solid performance from Peacock in spite of giving up his first earned runs this Spring (Astros.com)Josh James would make his return from a quad injury in that game, pitching a clean fifth inning (Houston Chronicle)Sunday also featured excellent pitching with Valdez going 4 scoreless and Verlander going 6 2⁄3 in a minor league game (Astros.com)There was also the little matter of Hinch serving his suspension over the Hernandez flap (Click2Houston)But Hinch will adapt like he always does,...
Mar 18, 2019
Spring Training Week Three in Review.

Spring Training Week Three in Review.

Things are starting to take shape. How does it look so far? It was great week to be an Astros fan, that is, if you’re the kind of fanatic who cares about Spring Training. (And we’re that kind of fanatic here at TCB) The Astros were 5-3 for the week, but much more fun, scored 51 runs to the opposition’s 32. Sure, it was mostly our minor leaguers beating up on their minor leaguers, but how often does a team coming off a 103 win season still have some of the best prospects around? Let’s tackle some of the questions inquiring minds are asking this Spring. The Race For Fifth...
Mar 17, 2019
Angel Hernandez, The worst umpire in Baseball.

Angel Hernandez, The worst umpire in Baseball.

I know, it’s a bold headline. The sad part, is 90% of fans already knew that Angel Hernandez is absolute garbage as an umpire. Before we go too much into Angel, let’s take a look at what happened, resulting in AJ Hinch being ejected in the first inning of a Spring Training game. AJ Hinch spoke to Angel between innings about a few pitches that he believed Angel missed during Whitley’s first inning. The very first pitch of the next inning, Angel Fernandez responded by calling the following pitch a strike. @KLKDAVE Twitter That pitch barely made it into the screen,...
Mar 17, 2019
Spring Training Game Thread: March 17th, 2019, Astros vs. Braves

Spring Training Game Thread: March 17th, 2019, Astros vs. Braves

Framber Valdez tries to make his case for 5th starter. Astros hitters face the Braves' Julio Tehran. Join the discussion. No TV on this one. Hear it on KBME 790 AM.
Mar 16, 2019
Spring Training Game Thread. March 16th 2019, 12:05 CDT. Astros vs. Phillies

Spring Training Game Thread. March 16th 2019, 12:05 CDT. Astros vs. Phillies

Good match-up today. Brad Peacock against All Star Aaron Nola. Join the Discussion Great Spring day for the Astros yesterday, winner of both games against the Cardinals, with four strong innings by Wade Miley in an 11-2 Astros victory, and four scoreless innings by Forrest Whitley in a 5-0 win. There were home runs in yesterday’s games by Aledmys Diaz, his first as an Astro, Jake Marisnick off Adam Wainwright, and a grand slammer by Abraham Toro. Oh yeah, the best umpire in baseball, Angel Hernandez, booted manager A.J. Hinch for Hinch yelling from the dugout that Hernandez had hit his...
Mar 16, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: March 16th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: March 16th, 2019

Start your weekend with some of the best Astros links around Astros News Yesterday was a clean sweep of the Cards in split squad action, including an 11-2 beatdown (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)While the other game featured Altuve playing five innings and Forrest Whitley tossing 4 scoreless (Astros.com)Not to mention some familiar antics from thin-skinned Angel Hernandez, who tossed Hinch after the first pitch to Springer (Yahoo Sports)In addition to weighing in on Angel Hernandez’s terrible umpiring, Hinch also weighed in on the MLB rules changes (Texas Sports Nation)While the 5th starter...
Mar 15, 2019
Spring Training Game Thread. March 15th, 2019, 5:05 CDT, Cardinals vs. Astros

Spring Training Game Thread. March 15th, 2019, 5:05 CDT, Cardinals vs. Astros

Both teams split squads against each other today as two games go simultaneously Yesterday the Astros lost 12-6 to Miami in a game which, by the fifth inning, featured mostly minor league future Astros wannabes, as the real Astros prepared for today’s split squad action. The main news was the continued struggles of Collin McHugh, who allowed six earned runs in 2.2 innings. However, Robinson Chirinos, Tyler White and Alex Bregman all had home runs.. In the televised version of today’s games, Wade Miley gets the start. In the game on radio, we get to hear Forrest Whitley get his first...
Mar 15, 2019
Why didn’t the Astros pursue Nathan Eovaldi?

Why didn’t the Astros pursue Nathan Eovaldi?

With Eovaldi’s recent comments, we explore what may have caused the Astros to not pursue Eovaldi. If you haven’t seen it, there are a bunch of articles from different sources such as Yahoo , WEEI Radio, where Nathan Eovaldi was “a little surprised” that the Astros displayed no interest in signing him. This comes as a surprise to a number of writers with the losses of Keuchel, Morton, and McCullers for the 2019 season. Eovaldi, a Houston native, told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford “I would have had more talks with the Astros but they just didn’t want any part of it so they were out...
Mar 15, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: March 15th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: March 15th, 2019

Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Astros News Yesterday’s game featured a pretty tough performance for McHugh as Miami beat the good guys 12-6 (Houston Chronicle)Speaking of righties, this Spring in general has not been great for the ones coming out of the pen (Houston Chronicle)But there are three lefties who have been duking it out for a shot at the Opening Day roster (Climbing Tal’s Hill)And some of them are part of the Astros’ top 39 prospects (FanGraphs)No longer a prospect, how does Tyler White fit into 2019? (Texas Sports Nation)Besides his utter...
Mar 14, 2019
Behind the curtain: the Astros’ front office’s fearsome reputation, and some prospect notes from Fangraphs

Behind the curtain: the Astros’ front office’s fearsome reputation, and some prospect notes from Fangraphs

Fangraphs posted their Top 39 Astros Prospects list today, and the article comes with one doozy of a statement that opens up an interesting perspective into front office relations and strategies. Thursday morning, the esteemed crew of Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs.com posted their list of the Top 39 Prospects in the Houston Astros’ farm system. As expected, the article is a good read, with far more description and insight into deeper-system prospects than can be found anywhere but Astros-centric websites like TCB and www.astrosfuture.com. McDaniel himself has worked...
Mar 14, 2019
Spring Training Game Thread. Marlins vs. Astros, March 14th, 2019, 12:05 CDT

Spring Training Game Thread. Marlins vs. Astros, March 14th, 2019, 12:05 CDT

McHugh tries to set the ship right in third Spring Training start. Yesterday the Astros lost a pitcher’s duel to the Mets, 2-1. Gerrit Cole took the loss, giving up his only runs of the Spring on a home run to our old friend, Robinson Cano. Meanwhile the Astros could not touch Mets starter Noah Syndegaard, a matchup between two possible Cy Young contenders. On the positive side for the good guys, Aledmys Diaz broke out of his Spring slump, going 2-2, and Cionel Perez had his first chance of Spring Training, throwing one perfect inning and looking good doing it. Will he be the late horse...