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Astros Crawfish Boil: January 19th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 19th, 2019

Start your weekend with some of the best Astros links around Astros News Jim Crane had a little sit-down with ESPN 97.5 to talk about the Astros’ offseason as well as the Houston Open (Houston Sportsmap)But the best offseason move has to be partnering with Karbach Brewery to make the new Crawford Bock beer (Houston Chronicle)Here’s a quick review of where the Astros stand as we start to look toward the 2019 season (Climbing Tal’s Hill)Carlos Correa is getting his reps in as he looks to 2019 as well (CUT4) Around the League Will Harper and Machado please just sign contracts already so...
Jan 18, 2019
Will Harris- Luhnow’s most underrated pick-up?

Will Harris- Luhnow’s most underrated pick-up?

Is Will Harris the most underrated steal that Luhnow has made? Jeff Luhnow has become pretty well known as a genius, stealing some excellent players off waivers and turning them into valuable assets. And while I think McHugh is one of the most underrated pitchers in baseball, I think his steal of Will Harris is probably one of the least talked about steals in all of baseball. Especially after a seriously underrated 2018 performance. November 3rd, 2014, the Astros claimed Will Harris off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Harris had been a below average player for 2 of his previous 3...
Jan 18, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 18th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 18th, 2019

Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Astros News Brian McTaggart answers fans’ questions in his latest mailbag segment (Astros.com)One of those questions is about the rotation, where Collin McHugh looks to be the team’s most crucial pitcher next season (Call to the Pen)Springer recently sat with Kalas and Brownie to talk about his offseason prep for 2019 (Click2Houston)Whitley is prepping as well, but in anticipation of a 2019 MLB debut (Click2Houston) Around the League Looks like Adam Ottovino will join the Evil Empire on a $27 million, 3-year deal (Houston...
Jan 18, 2019
Appreciating the Astros on an Unfairly Crowded Hall Ballot

Appreciating the Astros on an Unfairly Crowded Hall Ballot

An overstuffed Hall of Fame ballot might force out some great players before we can even have a full discussion about their careers We are less than a week away from learning who the Baseball Writers Association of America will elect to be the Hall of Fame Class of 2019. The last few years have represented a historic time in the Hall’s history, with the BBWAA electing sixteen new Hall of Famers in the five cycles since their 2013 shutout. In spite of that, it’s hard to argue that this year’s thirty-five-person ballot isn’t still packed full of strong candidates. Nineteen of them...
Jan 17, 2019
Is Luis Santa the next Jose Altuve?

Is Luis Santa the next Jose Altuve?

Taking a look at the 2 under-sized 2B Luis Santana – The next Jose Altuve? So the title of this article is pretty bold, especially since we just wrote an article on how Jose Altuve is on pace to become a Hall of Famer. As I’m sure most of you know, the Astros recently completed a trade with the Mets sending JD Davis for 3 prospects, one of which being Luis Santana. So Who is Luis Santana? Santana, 19, is listed at 5’8 (and numerous sources state his size is overstated), 175 lb right handed second baseman hailing out of the Dominican Republic. Santana has generally been underrated...
Jan 17, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 17th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 17th, 2019

Start your day with some of the best Astros links around Astros News Tyler White recently called in to MLB Radio to talk about how he’s settling in with the Astros (MLB Video)And he’ll have an excellent chance to settle into a world series ring next year according to Vegas (Houston Press)The Astros Golf Foundation has revealed their new logo and the 2019 Houston Open dates (Mission Control) Around the League It was reported yesterday that the White Sox offered Manny Machado a 7-year, $175 million contract (MLB Trade Rumors)Though Dan Lazano, Machado’s agent, denied the rumors in no...
Jan 16, 2019
Astros 2013 Draft Report Card

Astros 2013 Draft Report Card

The Luhnow front office has received consistent praise for maintaining a steady stream of talent through the draft and trade. How do their past classes hold up in hindsight? The current Astros roster is peppered with home-grown talent acquired under Jeff Luhnow, including Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman and Lance McCullers Jr., among others, earning their front office a reputation for shrewd drafting ability. With six drafts under their belts, we’ve had enough time to determine just how good the early classes of the Luhnow era were. We at Crawfish Boxes will be reviewing these classes in the...
Jan 16, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 16th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 16th, 2019

Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Astros News Collin McHugh recently joined MLB Network to chat about his podcast, among other things (MLB Network)Forrest Whitley is the top pitching prospect in baseball, and here’s how that happened (The Athletic, $$$)But even with such a bright future, the Astros should remain patient with him (Call to the Pen)A lesser-known Astros pitching prospect is Peter Solomon, who is profiled here (The Runner Sports)Let’s keep up the prospect review and have a peek at OF Ross Adolph (Climbing Tal’s Hill) Around the League Roy...
Jan 15, 2019
Astros Top Three Second Base Prospects For 2019

Astros Top Three Second Base Prospects For 2019

Here are the Astros top second base prospects going into the 2019 season Now that 2019 is here, it is time to start looking at the top three prospects at each position as we lead up to the Astros top 30 prospect list. This week I will look at the second base position. Top 3 Prospects By Position: Catcher First Base 1. Luis Santana (Rookie) The 19 year old infielder was signed by the Mets as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2016 as one of their more expensive signings and traded to Houston just a week at go. Santana was ranked among the Mets’ top 30 prospects...
Jan 15, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 15th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 15th, 2019

Start your day with some of the best Astros links around Astros News Mel Stottlemyre, former Astros pitching coach among other honors, has passed away at 77 (Houston Chronicle)MLB Video has released top prospects videos, including one each for Kyle Tucker, Yordan Alvarez, and Forrest Whitley (MLB Video x 3)Speaking of Whitley, the young hurler was named MLB Pipeline’s #1 RHP prospect (Astros.com)If there’s one thing the 2018 Astros did well it was make contact, expect more of the same in 2019 (Climbing Tal’s Hill)The Astros caravan gets underway next week so take a moment to double...
Jan 14, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 14th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 14th, 2019

Start your week with some of the best Astros links around Special thanks to scottydouble for keeping the boils hot while I was on vacation! Astros News MLB Network’s ‘The Shredder’ got one right and named Jose Altuve the #1 second baseman in baseball (MLB Video)It also pegged Alex Bregman at #5 for third, which I think could have been higher (MLB Video)Speaking of, Bregman put out a video documenting his recent surgery (Youtube)A surgery that should let him play pain-free for the first time in 3 years (Texas Sports Nation)And that could strengthen the team if his recovery goes well...
Jan 14, 2019
Projecting Jose Altuve as a Hall of Famer

Projecting Jose Altuve as a Hall of Famer

Will he make it? If so, how high will he sit in the Pantheon of the great second basemen? Obviously, it is hazardous to project a player at about the mid-point of his career as a Hall of Famer. Some might even call it a jinx. After all, he might turn out to be an early bloomer with a short career, or he might get injured, who knows? But I’ve been thinking about this a while, and I’m going to step out on the plank. Of course, selection to the Hall of Fame is more art than science, but I am going to compare the early career statistics of Jose Altuve to the modern era (post 1920) Hall of...
Jan 13, 2019
Reviewing Astros Trades 2014-2018: Part II, The Gomez Trade. (w/ 2015 comment thread)

Reviewing Astros Trades 2014-2018: Part II, The Gomez Trade. (w/ 2015 comment thread)

Second part in the what if series on the history of recent Astros trades. Today the 2015 trade with the Brewers for Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers. Introduction This is Part II of a continuing series on the history and analysis of recent Astros trades. Part I is here, which includes a discussion of methodology and caveats. Mainly the grading is based on how the trades actually turned out, realizing that trades are based on the best information available at the time of the trade, that trades are based on probable outcomes, but like all gambles the hoped for outcomes do not always occur. Today...
Jan 12, 2019
Tracking Arbitration Across MLB

Tracking Arbitration Across MLB

The following link is a reference to the results of Friday’s arbitration deadline, including the Astros. Out of the ten arbitration eligible players for the Astros, seven accepted contracts before the deadline, leaving Gerrit Cole, Carlos Correa, and Chris Devenski awaiting arbitration. For more information about the Astros and all other teams click here.
Jan 12, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 12th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 12th, 2019

Start your weekend with some of the best Astros links around Astros News Alex Bregman undergoes elbow surgery (Houston Chronicle)Astros agree to terms with 7 arbitration-eligible players (Houston Chronicle)Cionel Perez offers Astros options in 2019 and beyond (Baseball America, $$$)Astros announce caravan schedule (MLB.com) Around the league Making sense of a whirlwind day around MLB (MLB.com)Yanks add free agent 2B LeMahieu (MLB.com)Yankees go a different route on the infield (FanGraphs)DJ LeMahieu is the clearest sign yet the Yankees won’t pay for Manny Machado (Sports...