11:02 AM EST, Sun December 08, 2019
Dec 6, 2019
Jimmy Wynn Might Be the Most Overlooked Player In Hall of Fame History, and He Deserves Second Look

Jimmy Wynn Might Be the Most Overlooked Player In Hall of Fame History, and He Deserves Second Look

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports The Toy Cannon has a borderline-Hall of Fame career, but didn’t even receive a vote in his lone ballot appearance; the Veterans Committee should give him another chance Next week at the Winter Meetings, in addition to any trades or free agent signings, the sixteen players, executives, and historians representing the Veterans Committee will convene and make their selections for the Class of 2020. I’ve already written about the people on the ballot, as well as the people doing the voting, and there’s not much to add there; we’ll probably see one...
Dec 5, 2019
Astros Receive Prospects Blake Taylor and Kenedy Corona in Marisnick Deal

Astros Receive Prospects Blake Taylor and Kenedy Corona in Marisnick Deal

Photo by Elsa/ Older pitcher, younger hitter added to system In a predictable move, Jake Marisnick has been traded to the New York Mets. An Astros fixture in recent years, Marisnick’s superb defense has made him a valuable reserve for Houston, though his contact issues held him back from ever locking down a regular role. He’ll project to a similar role with the Mets, succeeding Juan Lagares, and should be able to continue similar levels of production. The emergence of Myles Straw had made Marisnick redundant for the Astros, who have very little room underneath the Competitive...
Dec 5, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: December 5th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: December 5th, 2019

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News Removing Greinke in Game 7 was a mistake according to Howie Kendrick (MSN Sports)Here is the top offseason need for the Astros and the rest of the AL West teams (Astros.com)JD Davis was unaware of cheating during the Astros’ 2017 season (FOX Sports)The Astros Foundation has received the 2019 Guardian of the Human Spirit Award from the Holocaust Houston...
Dec 4, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: December 4th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: December 4th, 2019

Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News Baseball America has released their 2019-20 international review of the Astros (Baseball America, $$$)Here are some freshly non-tendered players that the Astros might want to take a look at (Astros.com)It would be an affront unto all things pure and good if Gerrit Cole signed with the Yankees (House of Houston)Abraham Toro has been named the 2019 Canadian...
Dec 4, 2019
The Astros need rotation depth and Tanner Roark could fit the bill

The Astros need rotation depth and Tanner Roark could fit the bill

Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports Adding another veteran starter or two could benefit the Astros’ staff next season. The Astros are most likely losing Gerrit Cole in free agency. Zack Wheeler is presumably outside of the club’s price range. Signing Stephen Strasburg, at best, is a pipe dream. Unless club ownership is willing to expand the budget in a notable way, Houston is simply not in play for any of the top pitchers, much less any highly sought after free agent, out on the open market. That said, the Astros are already in an enviable position when it comes to talent already...
Dec 3, 2019
Breaking Down the 2019 Veterans Committee Voters

Breaking Down the 2019 Veterans Committee Voters

NorthJersey.com-USA TODAY NETWORK Who’s voting probably won’t have as big of an effect as last year, but there are still some connections I mentioned in my Veterans Committee piece that seeing who all gets a ballot in the sixteen-person vote could give us a little extra insight into who might stand a chance at picking up the twelve votes to make it in. After all, since the committee meets to discuss the process in person, having a big advocate or two on your case can make a difference. It’s even probably what helped Harold Baines get elected last year. I was planning on doing a big...
Dec 3, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: December 3rd, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: December 3rd, 2019

Oh Aaron Sanchez, we barely knew you | Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News The Aaron Sanchez era has come to an end in Houston after he was non-tendered yesterday (Astros.com)They did lock down Biagini for another year though, agreeing to a 1 year, $1 million deal (ESPN)Could the Astros make another trade with the D-backs to land Robbie Ray? (AZ Central)The Astros’ sign-stealing scandal is...
Dec 3, 2019
HH’s Year in Review: Looking through the Predictions

HH’s Year in Review: Looking through the Predictions

Photo by Tim Warner/ This is a piece that I’ll completely understand if you guys skip. The other day I realized I had been writing for CrawfishBoxes for over a year and saw that I had 170+ articles (of course not all of them had predictions) during that time. I thought it would be a fun exercise to go back through my predictions and see how they looked and then look at the methodology to see if I can find improvements to make better predictions in the future. I figured some of you may enjoy seeing some of my terrible predictions and be able to provide insight into different ways of...
Dec 2, 2019
Astros MiLB Position Review: Second Base

Astros MiLB Position Review: Second Base

ROUND ROCK, TX - MAY 19: Round Rock Express infielder Alex de Goti gets a hit during a minor league baseball game against the Nashville Sounds on May 19, 2019, at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, TX. | Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via A quick review of the second base position in the Astros system Now that the season is over we will review each position in the minor league system during the 2019 season. This week we will look at the second base position. I will focusing on guys who played the majority of their games at this position. Previous Position Reviews: Catcher First...
Dec 2, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: December 2nd, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: December 2nd, 2019

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Start your week with some of the best Astros links around Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News Even with the Garneau signing the Astros are still looking for someone to fill a void behind the dish (The Athletic, $$$)They could also use some help in the bullpen, which might prompt a reunion with Joe Smith (House of Houston)Check out this progress report on three of the Astros’ pitchers currently in the Dominican League who could help the big league team...
Dec 1, 2019
Could The Astros Non-Tender Three Players?

Could The Astros Non-Tender Three Players?

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports The Non-Tender Deadline is Monday The Astros have a decision to make before the Monday deadline to non-tender a player or two on the 40-man roster. Each year, any player with less than six years of service time must be tendered a contract. Before you are arbitration-eligible, the team typically controls how much that player’s contract will be for that season. During the arbitration process, the player and team must agree on a contract or go before an arbitration panel. For this reason, teams have the right to non-tender a contract to a player. The most...
Nov 30, 2019
Growth Stocks: Potential Prospect Risers for 2020

Growth Stocks: Potential Prospect Risers for 2020

2019 second rounder Grae Kessinger brings tantalizing power potential that hasn’t quite manifested yet. | Photo by Andy Altenburger/Icon Sportswire via The Astros farm isn’t what it used to be, but there is still upside in the system worth being excited about. For the first time in quite awhile, the Astros probably have a bottom ten farm system in the league. On FanGraphs’ THE BOARD, Houston currently only has one player, Forrest Whitley, who comes in at 50 FV or more. Whitley is currently listed as a 60 FV, though the Astros’ list has not been updated especially recently....
Nov 30, 2019
Astros Crawfish Potluck: November 30th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Potluck: November 30th, 2019

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports Start your weekend by joining our conversation I hope everyone was able to enjoy time with family and friends this Thanksgiving. It’s always important to reconnect with the people in our lives at this time of year and remind ourselves of what’s really important. Baseball is a great sport and distraction, but real life connections matter most. I am still a baseball fan though and have been glad to see a somewhat active Hot Stove season so far. Some of the bigger names have come off the free agent board already, with catchers in particular seeming to be...
Nov 29, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: November 29th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: November 29th, 2019

Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News Carlos Correa and his wife are the personification of Thanksgiving for the Astros (La Vida Baseball)Is the signing of Dustin Garneau a product of the sign-stealing scandal? (The Runner Sports)Which apparently now includes accusations of blinking lights in center field to add to buzzing band-aids, whistling from the dugout, and using hand signals (Bleacher...
Nov 29, 2019
Revisiting Lance Berkman’s Hall of Fame Case, and How It Relates to Larry Walker’s Candidacy

Revisiting Lance Berkman’s Hall of Fame Case, and How It Relates to Larry Walker’s Candidacy

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Lance Berkman should probably still be hanging around the ballot, and comparing his case to Larry Walker shows why the latter deserves to go in this year Hall of Fame season is well underway following last week’s announcement of the 2020 BBWAA ballot. Last year’s election, which culminated with the writers electing first-year candidates Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay as well as backlog stars Mike Mussina and Edgar Martinez (the latter in his tenth and final year before aging off), cleared off a lot of space. However, this year’s crop of ballot...