5:25 AM EST, Wed February 08, 2023
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Astros Top Three Catching Prospects for 2023

Astros Top Three Catching Prospects for 2023

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 20: Yainer Diaz #63 of the Houston Astros reacts to hitting a double in the eighth during a game against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field on September 20, 2022 in St Petersburg, Florida. | Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ See which Astros prospects top the list at catcher! As we inch closer to the 2023 season, I am going to give top three prospects at each position. This will be based on where they currently play and also where they may end up. This will culminate with my newly updated top 30 prospects before the season starts. This week,...
20 hours ago
Astros Crawfish Boil: Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Astros Crawfish Boil: Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Bryan Abreu, eighth inning, Game Six, World Series | Photo by Carmen Mandato/ It’s your Tuesday Boil! It’s the Tuesday Boil! Houston Astros News Could the Houston Astros pursue a Hunter Brown contract extension? (chron.com) Justin Turner breaks silence on Alex Cora’s role in Astros 2017 cheating scandal (msn.com) Houston Astros Star Lands on Coveted MLB List (si.com) Want to work for the Astros? Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s job fair (click2houston.com) Houston Astros Farm System Ranked Near Bottom in Latest List (si.com) SportsBusiness...
Feb 6, 2023
Keep an eye on Ty Buttrey

Keep an eye on Ty Buttrey

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports With most of the roster likely already set before Spring Training, there remains room for competition in the bullpen. In case you missed it, the Astros signed a free-agent last week. You’ll be forgiven if this news didn’t capture your undivided attention as the signing involved a nearly 30-year-old reliever on a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training. Not exactly earth shattering stuff for the casual to even the most ardent fans, especially with a recent pair of high profile hires on the Houston sports scene (Dana...
Feb 6, 2023
Astros Crawfish Boil: Monday, February 6, 2023

Astros Crawfish Boil: Monday, February 6, 2023

Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via It’s the Monday Boil! Today starts the final week before pitchers and catchers report. Houston Astros News Houston Astros Remain Interested in Yuli Gurriel (si.com) We Want Houston...Again: Yankees’ Michael King Puts Foot In Mouth About the Astros (climbingtalshill.com) MLB analyst gushes over Houston Astros’ star Yordan Alvarez’s stunning turn in 2022: “How do you define ‘breakout season?’” (sportskeeda.com) Alex Cora Bragged About Astros Stealing 2017 World Series Against Dodgers (dodgerblue.com) 2023 Houston...
Feb 4, 2023
The Legacy of James Click Part II. The Trades

The Legacy of James Click Part II. The Trades

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports The Click trades of 2020-2021 This is Part II of a multi-part series on the Legacy of James Click. For Part, I go HERE. “A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done and his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. Lao Tzu One of the common criticisms of James Click during his tenure with the Astros was that he didn’t seem to do very much. At every trade deadline, fans expected a blockbuster trade. Instead, the moves Click made seemed relatively modest. There were three reasons for that. Click was a...
Feb 3, 2023
Looking back: The 10 biggest moves of the 2022-2023 offseason

Looking back: The 10 biggest moves of the 2022-2023 offseason

This offseason has been pretty active for most teams including the Astros. Let’s revisit the 10 biggest agreements. Right after the Astros were crowned as World Series champions, lots of questions appeared and we got into a really active offseason. We were about to see valuable free agents and big question marks for almost every team including Houston. But now, when it’s been almost three months since the final out, we can check back and look at the 10 biggest moves of this offseason. Let’s do so… - 11/09/2022: Mets sign RHP Edwin Díaz to a 5yr/$102MM contract In 2022,...
Feb 2, 2023
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...
Feb 2, 2023
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...
Feb 2, 2023
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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 /...
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...