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Blanco's brilliance, big hits revive Astros in emphatic fashion

April 13, 2024

HOUSTON -- For a team that was in desperate need of a win, the Astros couldn’t have scripted it much better than they did Saturday afternoon. All it took was another solid start from Ronel Blanco, some much-needed clutch hitting and some big outs from the bullpen to beat the

Injuries & Moves: Dubin activated from IL; Kuhnel optioned

April 13, 2024

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Loperfido raking in Triple-A ... Is a promotion on the way?

April 13, 2024

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Astros still seeking solution to rotation's struggles

April 13, 2024

HOUSTON -- The Astros are desperate for any of their starting pitchers to work deep into a game, which is why they feel good about rookie right-hander Ronel Blanco getting the ball on Saturday. That would have been an absurd statement to believe a couple of weeks ago, but injuries

No. 6 prospect Loperfido mashes HR hat trick, claims all-baseball lead

@allisonmast13
April 13, 2024

Prior to Friday night, Joey Loperfido sat atop professional baseball’s home run leaderboard alongside three-time American League MVP Mike Trout, among others. Just a few hours and three big swings later, the 24-year-old slugger has sole possession of pole position with nine home runs for Triple-A Sugar Land. In Sugar

With key starters sidelined, Astros' rotation struggling to stay afloat

April 11, 2024

KANSAS CITY -- When key members of a starting rotation are injured, it can cause big problems. And when the remaining guys who are asked to at least temporarily fill the breach don’t come through with lengthy outings, those problems can quickly compound. The Astros find themselves with that predicament

Arrighetti's MLB debut a struggle against streaking Royals

April 11, 2024

KANSAS CITY -- Through two innings, Spencer Arrighetti's Major League pitching debut was going just fine. But then, the third inning rolled around and the positive vibes for the Astros’ highly-regarded prospect were obliterated by a Royals’ frenzied hitting attack that was like nothing he had seen at Triple-A Sugar

Framber lands on IL with left elbow inflammation

April 10, 2024

KANSAS CITY -- The Astros have placed left-hander Framber Valdez on the 15-day IL retroactive to April 6 after an examination in Houston revealed inflammation in his left elbow. Valdez, who was scheduled to start on Monday in Arlington, was sent back to Houston after reporting soreness in the elbow

Astros calling up top pitching prospect for Wed. debut after 10-inning loss

April 10, 2024

KANSAS CITY -- With a 4-8 record and a slew of pitching injuries, the Astros are going into an aggressive mode as they strive for both short-term and long-term success. Manager Joe Espada confirmed after Houston’s 4-3 loss to the Royals Tuesday night in 10 innings at Kauffman Stadium that

Each organization's most stacked Minor League affiliate

@SamDykstraMiLB
April 10, 2024

All four full-season affiliates are in full swing now and there are many ways prospect fans can watch their favorite players in Minor League locales. Nothing beats going in person, of course. Be sure to check out our complete set of Minor League Ballpark Guides for good travel intel. Of

Arrighetti arrives to help aid ailing rotation

April 10, 2024

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Martinez heads historic night for Astros' bullpen

April 9, 2024

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers scored five runs in the first inning Monday night before Astros starter Blair Henley -- plucked from Triple-A Sugar Land’s rotation and asked to make his Major League debut against the defending World Series champions in his hometown -- had even recorded the first out of

Astros cruise as Blanco makes another run at no-hit history

Right-hander's bid ends with a two-out single in sixth; Alvarez swats huge homer vs. Rangers
April 7, 2024

ARLINGTON -- The outs were piling up, and so was Ronel Blanco's pitch count. As he approached 90 pitches in the sixth inning, it was clear Blanco wasn’t going to be in a position to complete another no-hitter. Johnny Vander Meer’s place in history would remain secure. Blanco’s place in

Verlander accomplishes healthy goals in first rehab outing

Astros right-hander throws 65 pitches, hits 95 mph on fastball for Triple-A Sugar Land
April 7, 2024

ARLINGTON -- Despite giving up six earned runs and seven hits in three-plus innings in his first Minor League rehab start on Sunday afternoon with Triple-A Sugar Land, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander said he felt great physically after throwing 65 pitches against Las Vegas, the Triple-A affiliate of the A’s.

Altuve unfazed by Astros' cold start: 'Tomorrow's another day'

April 6, 2024

ARLINGTON -- The wisest words that were spoken inside the visiting clubhouse at Globe Life Field on Saturday night came from, not surprisingly, the longest-tenured Astros player, second baseman Jose Altuve. Altuve has seen a little bit of everything in his 14-year career, which began when he was a youngster

Ocampo reflects on Blanco’s path from DR to no-no

April 6, 2024

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Brown can't quiet García, Rangers offense in loss

April 6, 2024

ARLINGTON -- Astros starter Hunter Brown escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning Friday night by getting Jared Walsh to strike out swinging. Brown could only hope that would set him up to hit his stride from there and continue the Astros’ run of strong starting pitching to begin

So long, slump! Yordan homers twice on four-hit night

April 4, 2024

HOUSTON -- When Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez flied out to deep right field on a ball off the end of the bat in his final plate appearance on Tuesday, he came back to the dugout and told manager Joe Espada he was close to breaking out of his early-season slump.

Behind the Espada family's special Autism Awareness Night

April 3, 2024

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3 Opening Days in one?! Double-A, High-A, Single-A are underway

@JesseABorek
April 5, 2024

Major League Opening Day? Check. Triple-A Opening Day? Check. Next up? The rest of the Minors. Baseball fans get a three-for-one eruption of action on the diamond Friday when the Double-A, High-A and Single-A seasons get underway, signaling the official green light of an exhilarating summer ahead. While the players

Bold prospect predictions for 2024 -- one for each team 

@SamDykstraMiLB
April 3, 2024

We’re in the midst of multiple Opening Days at this stage of early April. The latest will come Friday when Double-A, High-A and Single-A leagues begin their regular seasons across the country in Minor League Baseball. But it’s never too early or too late to make a few fun predictions

Here's where the Astros' Top 30 prospects are starting the season

April 4, 2024

With the Minor League season opening this week, here's where the Astros' Top 30 prospects are projected to start: 1. Jacob Melton (MLB No. 96), OF -- Corpus Christi (Double-A) 2. Luis Baez, OF -- Asheville (High-A) 3. Spencer Arrighetti, RHP -- Sugar Land (Triple-A) 4. Brice Matthews, SS --