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Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic to be Televised on AT&T SportsNet and Streamed on MLB.com

All nine games will also be streamed on Astros.com

HOUSTON, TX - The 19th annual Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic, held at Minute Maid Park from March 1-3, will be televised by AT&T SportsNet and streamed on MLB.com, the AT&T SportsNet app and the MLB At Bat app. All nine games will air live on AT&T SportsNet, in the Astros five-state viewing area, and on mobile platforms. Fans are asked to check local listings for more information.

The 2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic will feature six Texas programs, including Baylor, the University of Houston, Rice, Texas A&M, Texas State and TCU. Baylor enters the season with the highest preseason ranking of the group, checking it at No. 15 per D1Baseball.com, while TCU checks in at No. 19.

HOUSTON, TX - The 19th annual Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic, held at Minute Maid Park from March 1-3, will be televised by AT&T SportsNet and streamed on MLB.com, the AT&T SportsNet app and the MLB At Bat app. All nine games will air live on AT&T SportsNet, in the Astros five-state viewing area, and on mobile platforms. Fans are asked to check local listings for more information.

The 2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic will feature six Texas programs, including Baylor, the University of Houston, Rice, Texas A&M, Texas State and TCU. Baylor enters the season with the highest preseason ranking of the group, checking it at No. 15 per D1Baseball.com, while TCU checks in at No. 19.

This year's field is unique to the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic and marks just the third time for the tournament to host all Texas programs, also in 2001 and 2014. 

Historically, the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic has hosted the No. 1 team in preseason polls seven times in tournament history and has hosted two eventual College World Series Champions. Several current Major League players have played in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic, including Alex Bregman, Gerrit Cole, Mike Leake, David Price and Anthony Rendon, to name a few.

Adult and youth daily tickets and three-day tournament passes are available online at Astros.com/CollegeClassic. Fans can purchase premium tickets or group tickets, for groups of 20 or more, by calling 713-259-8030. Daily tickets purchased in advance are available for $20 for adults and $10 for youth (ages 14 and under). Three-day tournament passes can be purchased for $42 for adults and $24 for youth. Select parking in the Astros controlled lots will be sold for $20 and $10 (Diamond and Lot A).

For interest in hosting a special event at the ballpark over the weekend, please call 713-259-8800. Student tickets will also be available for the tournament, but are only sold at the box office during regular business hours.

This year marks the fourth year that the tournament will carry the name Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic, which has been set forth by a multi-year naming rights agreement between the Astros Foundation and Shriners Hospitals for Children®. The Astros Foundation operates the tournament and will donate a portion of each ticket sale directly to Shriners Hospitals for Children as well as provide other fundraising and awareness opportunities.

FIRST PITCH LUNCHEON RETURNS
The Astros Foundation will celebrate the start of the 2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at the First Pitch Luncheon held Thursday, Feb. 28, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The luncheon is a ticketed event for fans, but will also be open to working media on a limited basis. One-on-one interviews with coaches will begin at approx. 1 p.m. 

The program, which will be held on the club level at Minute Maid Park, will be emceed by Astros broadcaster Bill Brown and by Shriners Hospitals for Children patient Alec Cabacungan. All six coaches from the participating schools will be in attendance, including Baylor Head Baseball Coach Steve Rodriguez, Houston Head Coach Todd Whitting, Rice Head Coach Matt Bragga, Texas A&M Head Coach Rob Childress, Texas State Head Coach Ty Harrington and TCU Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle. The Executive Director of the Astros Foundation Twila Carter and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shriners Hospitals for Children Jim Cain will also be in attendance. 

Individual tickets for the luncheon are available for $40 or tables of 10 can be purchased for $400. Visit Astros.com/CollegeClassic for details.

About the Houston Astros Foundation
The Astros Foundation, the official 501(c)(3) team charity of the Houston Astros, seeks to harness the passion of baseball fans to support youth baseball and softball programs, the recognition and honor of our nation's military, childhood cancer awareness and efforts to reduce homelessness. Our cornerstone initiatives include the Community Leaders program, the Astros Youth Academy and the Astros RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Program. For more information on the Astros Foundation, please visit www.astros.com/foundation.

About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system with locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Our staff is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, conducting innovative research, and offering outstanding educational programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care, regardless of the families' ability to pay. Within these broad service lines, many types of care are provided. For example, some locations offer reconstructive plastic surgery, treatment for craniofacial abnormalities or care for sports injuries. Generally, care is provided until age 18, although, in some cases, it may be extended to age 21. All services are provided in a compassionate, family-centered environment. For more information, please visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.


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Astros Agree to One-Year Deal with Chris Devenski

Contract also includes club option for 2020 season

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros and right-handed pitcher Chris Devenski have agreed to a one-year contract for 2019, which includes a club option for the 2020 season. The announcement was made by Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

With the agreement, the Astros and Devenski avoided an arbitration hearing. 

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros and right-handed pitcher Chris Devenski have agreed to a one-year contract for 2019, which includes a club option for the 2020 season. The announcement was made by Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

With the agreement, the Astros and Devenski avoided an arbitration hearing. 

Devenski, 28, posted a 4.18 ERA (22ER/47.1IP) in 50 appearances with the Astros in 2018. For the second consecutive season he posted more than a strikeout per inning, fanning 51 in his 47.1 innings pitched, giving him 255 strikeouts in 236.1 career innings. An All-Star in 2017, Devenski has made 160 Major League appearances in his three-year career (2016-18).

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Astros Sign LHP Wade Miley to One-Year Contract

Veteran starter was introduced to the Houston media this morning

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have signed free agent left-handed pitcher Wade Miley to a one-year contract for the 2019 season. The announcement was made by Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

Miley, 32, is coming off a solid 2018 season with the Brewers, in which he went 5-2 with a 2.57 ERA (23ER/80.2IP) in 16 starts for the NL Central Division Champions. He did not allow more than three earned runs in a start all season and allowed two or fewer earned runs in 13 of his 16 outings. In his 80.2 innings pitched, Miley allowed only three home runs on the season for a 0.33 home runs per 9.0 ratio, good for third in the Majors, trailing only Blake Treinen (0.22) and Jordan Hicks (0.23) (min. 75IP). He allowed just a .237 opponent batting average, including a .225 mark against left-handed hitters. Miley continued his regular season success into the postseason, making four playoff appearances for the Brewers, all starts, and posting a 1.23 ERA (2ER/14.2IP) in those contests. 

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have signed free agent left-handed pitcher Wade Miley to a one-year contract for the 2019 season. The announcement was made by Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

Miley, 32, is coming off a solid 2018 season with the Brewers, in which he went 5-2 with a 2.57 ERA (23ER/80.2IP) in 16 starts for the NL Central Division Champions. He did not allow more than three earned runs in a start all season and allowed two or fewer earned runs in 13 of his 16 outings. In his 80.2 innings pitched, Miley allowed only three home runs on the season for a 0.33 home runs per 9.0 ratio, good for third in the Majors, trailing only Blake Treinen (0.22) and Jordan Hicks (0.23) (min. 75IP). He allowed just a .237 opponent batting average, including a .225 mark against left-handed hitters. Miley continued his regular season success into the postseason, making four playoff appearances for the Brewers, all starts, and posting a 1.23 ERA (2ER/14.2IP) in those contests. 

Formerly a first-round pick by the Diamondbacks in 2008, Miley owns a lifetime 71-76 record and a 4.26 ERA (585ER/1236.1IP) in 216 Major League games (212 starts). Prior to 2018, Miley had a run of six consecutive seasons (2012-17) of making 29 or more starts.

With the addition of Miley, the Astros now have 39 players on their 40-man roster.


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Astros to Host Houston Winter Invitational this Weekend

Tickets on sale for six-team, nine-game tournament

HOUSTON, TX - The Astros will host the seventh annual Houston Winter Invitational this weekend at Minute Maid Park. Tickets for the tournament can be purchased at Astros.com/Invitational. The tournament will feature six NCAA Division II universities, squaring off in nine games across the three days.

The tournament field features three teams from Texas, in St. Mary's University (San Antonio), Tarleton State (Stephenville) and Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The Houston Winter Invitational also features the University of Central Missouri, which co-hosts the tournament with the Astros, Arkansas Tech and the St. Cloud State. Texas A&M-Kingsville enters the season ranking fifth in Collegiate Baseball's 2019 Pre-Season NCAA Div. 2 Poll, while Central Missouri checks in at No. 22.

HOUSTON, TX - The Astros will host the seventh annual Houston Winter Invitational this weekend at Minute Maid Park. Tickets for the tournament can be purchased at Astros.com/Invitational. The tournament will feature six NCAA Division II universities, squaring off in nine games across the three days.

The tournament field features three teams from Texas, in St. Mary's University (San Antonio), Tarleton State (Stephenville) and Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The Houston Winter Invitational also features the University of Central Missouri, which co-hosts the tournament with the Astros, Arkansas Tech and the St. Cloud State. Texas A&M-Kingsville enters the season ranking fifth in Collegiate Baseball's 2019 Pre-Season NCAA Div. 2 Poll, while Central Missouri checks in at No. 22.

Central Missouri, which has co-hosted the tournament since its inception, is the alma-mater of Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane, who was a standout baseball player in his college career. He played for the Mules from 1973-76, posting a 21-8 record with a career 2.42 ERA. Crane still ranks atop the Central Missouri career leaderboards in complete games (23) and shutouts (7) and ranks third in strikeouts (215). He still holds the Mules single-game strikeout record of 18, which is also a DII College World Series record. Crane was inducted into the University of Central Missouri Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997, and earned an induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame last year.

Crane contributes to Central Missouri annually to provide athletic scholarships for Mules baseball. Additionally, Crane was the primary underwriter of a $1.2 million renovation in 1998 of the old Mules Field on the University of Central Missouri campus, which has since been renamed the James R. Crane Stadium. In 2016, Crane and the UCM Foundation upgraded the university's baseball facility with a new synthetic turf playing surface in a continuing effort to make the Central Missouri baseball program one of the best in the country.

The tournament is open to the media, which can apply for credentials by submitting a request to Steve Grande at sgrande@astros.com. For more information on the tournament or to purchase tickets, please visit Astros.com/Invitational.

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Astros announce 2019 minor league managers, coaches & coordinators

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have named their minor league coordinators, managers and coaches for the 2019 season. 

The managers for the Astros seven minor league clubs will be as follows: Mickey Storey (Triple A Round Rock), Omar Lopez (Double A Corpus Christi), Nate Shaver (Class A Advanced Fayetteville), Ray Hernandez (Class A Quad Cities), Ozney Guillen (Class A Short Season Tri-City), Wladimir Sutil (Rookie Level Gulf Coast League) and Carlos Lugo (Rookie Level Dominican Summer League).

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have named their minor league coordinators, managers and coaches for the 2019 season. 

The managers for the Astros seven minor league clubs will be as follows: Mickey Storey (Triple A Round Rock), Omar Lopez (Double A Corpus Christi), Nate Shaver (Class A Advanced Fayetteville), Ray Hernandez (Class A Quad Cities), Ozney Guillen (Class A Short Season Tri-City), Wladimir Sutil (Rookie Level Gulf Coast League) and Carlos Lugo (Rookie Level Dominican Summer League).

The Astros coordinators will be Bill Murphy (pitching coordinator), Jeremy Barnes (hitting coordinator), Jason Bell (fundamentals coordinator) and Mark Bailey (catching coordinator). 

COORDINATORS

Bill Murphy enters his first season as pitching coordinator, and his fourth overall with the Astros organization. The former Rutgers University pitcher has been a pitching coach in Houston's system in each of the last three seasons at Corpus Christi (2018), Tri-City (2017) and Greeneville (2016). 

Jeremy Barnes is entering his first season as hitting coordinator after joining the Astros in 2017 as hitting coach at Tri-City. Last year, he helped the ValleyCats reach a New York-Penn League Championship title. A native of Rowlett, Texas, Barnes was drafted by the Phillies in the 11th round of the 2009 MLB Draft and played professionally until 2015, reaching the Triple A level in 2012.

Jason Bell will begin his third season with Houston and his first as fundamentals coordinator. Bell managed Tri-City to the New York-Penn League Championship last season, and helped Quad Cities to a Midwest League Championship in 2017 as a development coach. Bell played collegiately at Saint Louis University and the University of Central Missouri.

Mark Bailey returns for his 22nd year as a coach or instructor in the Astros organization, and his fourth consecutive as catching coordinator. The former Astros catcher (1984-88) has been a mainstay in the organization since 1998. During his 28 total years with the Houston franchise, he has served stints as Major League bullpen coach (2002-09), hitting coach at various minor league levels (1998-01, 2010-12), catching coach (2013-14) and roving catching instructor (2015).

TRIPLE A ROUND ROCK EXPRESS

Mickey Storey will lead the Round Rock Express in the Astros first season back with their former affiliate. Storey began his managerial career last season at Quad Cities, following a stint in 2017 as a development coach at Class A Advanced Buies Creek. A former right-handed pitcher, Storey had a nine-year professional playing career that included one season with the Astros in 2012 in which he posted a 3.86 ERA in 26 appearances with the Major League club.

Drew French will serve as pitching coach at Round Rock in what will be his fourth season with the organization. French has helped his club win championship titles in each of his last two seasons, as he was pitching coach for the 2018 Carolina League Champion Buies Creek Astros and the 2017 Midwest League Champion Quad Cities River Bandits. French is a native of Austin, Texas, and played collegiately at Concordia University in Austin.

Ben Rosenthal will be Round Rock's hitting coach in what is his third year with the Astros. Rosenthal has been the hitting coach at championship clubs in each of his two seasons with Houston, serving that post in 2018 at Buies Creek and 2017 at Quad Cities. Rosenthal had a four-year professional playing career, including two seasons in the Cardinals minor league system and two seasons in the Independent Leagues.

DOUBLE A CORPUS CHRISTI HOOKS

Omar Lopez returns to Corpus Christi for his second-consecutive season as manager, and his 21st year with the Astros. Lopez has been a manager in Houston's minor league system since 2008, serving stints at Corpus Christi (2018), Buies Creek (2017), Quad Cities (2013-14, 2016), Lancaster (2015), Greeneville (2011-12), the GCL Astros (2009-10) and VSL Astros (2008).

Graham Johnson steps in as Corpus Christi's pitching coach after joining the Astros last season as pitching coach at Quad Cities. Johnson played collegiately at Culver-Stockton College, and spent six years as a coach at Morehead State University prior to joining Houston.

Tim LaMonte joins the Astros as hitting coach at Corpus Christi. Lamonte has worked as a private hitting instructor based in Texas since 1998, and previously ran In The Box Athletics, a baseball training and strength and conditioning facility. LaMonte graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2001, and played baseball at Eastfield College.


CLASS A ADVANCED FAYETTEVILLE WOODPECKERS

Nate Shaver will manage Fayetteville in what will be the club's inaugural season. Shaver joined the Astros last year as the development coach for the Buies Creek Astros, where he helped push the club to a Carolina League Championship title. Shaver played at New Mexico State University and in the Independent Frontier League, and coached at Wake Technical Community College and New Mexico State University prior to his time with the Astros.

Joining the Shaver on the Fayetteville coaching staff for their first seasons with the Astros organization will be Thomas Whitsett (pitching coach) and Jason Kanzler (hitting coach).

Whitsett joins the Astros from the University of Arizona, where he served as the Director of Player Development-Pitchers. Whitsett previously served as the head baseball coach at Pleasant Valley High School, and the pitching coordinator for the NORCAL Baseball Club.

Kanzler has spent the last two years as an assistant baseball coach at Katy High School, and an assistant coach for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League. A 20th round pick by Minnesota in 2013, Kanzler played three seasons in the Twins minor league system.

CLASS A QUAD CITIES RIVER BANDITS

Ray Hernandez returns to the Astros for his second season, and his first as a manager. Hernandez joined the organization last season as a development coach at Triple A Fresno. Hernandez pitched in the Diamondbacks minor league system from 2011-13 after getting drafted by the club in the 48th round of the 2011 draft. Prior to joining the Astros, Hernandez spent three years coaching at Cosumnes River College, and one season coaching at Elk Grove High School.

Erick Abreu begins his sixth season working in player development with the Astros, and his first as Quad Cities pitching coach. Abreu has coached at Tri-City (2018) and Greeneville (2017), and with the GCL Astros (2016) and DSL Astros (2014-15). Abreu pitched in 12 professional seasons, including five in the Astros minor league system, six in the Yankees minor league system, and one in the Mexican Professional Baseball League.

Rafael Pena will start his second season with Houston, and his first as hitting coach at Quad Cities. Pena spent the 2018 season as a development coach at Quad Cities. Prior to his time with the Astros, Pena was an assistant coach at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. He played collegiately for two years at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and two years at Western Oklahoma State.

CLASS A SHORT SEASON TRI-CITY VALLEYCATS

Ozney Guillen joins the Astros for his first season as manager at Tri-City. Guillen was selected by the White Sox in the 22nd round of the 2010 MLB Draft, and graduated from Miami Dade College. He just wrapped up a five-year professional playing career in the Independent leagues and the Venezuelan Winter League.

John Kovalik enters his first season with the Astros as pitching coach at Tri-City. Kovalik spent the last two years as the pitching coach at Slippery Rock University. Kovalik pitched at Slippery Rock before spending the 2014-17 seasons as a pitcher in the Independent professional baseball leagues with the Frontier Greys and the Gary-Southshore Railcats.

Sean Godfrey has been hired as Tri-City's hitting coach, following a stint as hitting coach at Indiana Southeast University. Godfrey recently wrapped up a professional playing career, as he played four seasons in the Atlanta Braves minor league system and one season in the Independent leagues for the Schaumburg Boomers. Godfrey was a Division-I All-American at Ball State University, and was named the 2014 MAC Player of the Year.

ROOKIE LEVEL GULF COAST LEAGUE ASTROS

The GCL Astros will be managed by Wladimir Sutil for the third consecutive season. Sutil has coached in Houston's system since 2014 following a 10-year playing career that included eight seasons in the Astros minor league system.

Jose Rada returns for his third season as pitching coach in the GCL. Rada enjoyed an eight-year playing career in the Cardinals minor league system.

Rene Rojas will serve as hitting coach for the GCL Astros for the second straight season. Rojas has coached for the Astros since 2016.

Todd Naskedov returns to the Astros for his second season as rehab pitching coach. Naskedov has served as a pitching coach at the community college level, a head coach and assistant coach at the high school level, and has also worked for USA Baseball as a National Team Trials Coach, and Major League Baseball as an International Envoy Coach in the United Kingdom and Holland.

ROOKIE LEVEL DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE ASTROS

Carlos Lugo enters his first season as manager of the DSL Astros, and his sixth season working in player development for the Astros. 

Rick Aponte will serve as a pitching coach for the DSL Astros in what will be his 43rd season with the Astros, while Ernesto Irizarry will serve as hitting coach in what will be his first season with Houston.

Alejandro Martinez, Gerardo Olivares, Luis Reynoso, Starlyng Sanchez, Erik Acevedo Rojas and Selin Aquino will also coach at the Astros academy in the Dominican Republic in 2019.

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Astros Announce Non-Roster Invites to Spring Training

Group of 22 includes 11 pitchers, three catchers, six infielders and two outfielders

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros announced their 2019 non-roster invites to Major League Spring Training today, which includes 11 pitchers, three catchers, six infielders and two outfielders for a total of 22 players. The announcement was made by Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

The group of 22 non-roster invites at Major League camp will be OF Yordan Alvarez, RHP Brandon Bielak, RHP Akeem Bostick, RHP J.B. Bukauskas, OF Ronnie Dawson, IF Alex De Goti, LHP Kent Emanuel, RHP Ryan Hartman, RHP Jose Luis Hernandez, IF Taylor Jones, RHP Corbin Martin, IF Jack Mayfield, RHP Brendan McCurry, RHP Erasmo Pinales, C Lorenzo Quintana, C Jamie Ritchie, C Chuckie Robinson, IF Josh Rojas, RHP Cy Sneed, IF Nick Tanielu, IF Abraham Toro and RHP Forrest Whitley.

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros announced their 2019 non-roster invites to Major League Spring Training today, which includes 11 pitchers, three catchers, six infielders and two outfielders for a total of 22 players. The announcement was made by Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

The group of 22 non-roster invites at Major League camp will be OF Yordan Alvarez, RHP Brandon Bielak, RHP Akeem Bostick, RHP J.B. Bukauskas, OF Ronnie Dawson, IF Alex De Goti, LHP Kent Emanuel, RHP Ryan Hartman, RHP Jose Luis Hernandez, IF Taylor Jones, RHP Corbin Martin, IF Jack Mayfield, RHP Brendan McCurry, RHP Erasmo Pinales, C Lorenzo Quintana, C Jamie Ritchie, C Chuckie Robinson, IF Josh Rojas, RHP Cy Sneed, IF Nick Tanielu, IF Abraham Toro and RHP Forrest Whitley.

Alvarez, 21, hit .293 (98x335) with 21 doubles, 20 home runs and 74 RBI in 88 games combined between Triple A Fresno (45g) and Double A Corpus Christi (43g) in 2018. Considered a top 100 prospect in baseball, the native Cuban played for the World Team in the 2018 Futures Game and currently checks in as the No. 3 prospect in the Astros system, per Baseball America. The left-handed hitting outfielder played primarily left field in 2018, making 63 starts at the position, but also appeared in five games at first base. The 2019 season will be his fourth with the Astros after being acquired via trade from the Dodgers in exchange for RHP Josh Fields on Aug. 1, 2016.

Bielak, 22, continued his minor league successes in 2018, posting a 7-8 record and a 2.23 ERA (29ER/117IP) in 25 games (17 starts) between Corpus Christi (11g) and Class A Advanced Buies Creek (14g), where he was named a Carolina League All-Star. He combined for 131 strikeouts in 117.0 innings, good for a 10.08 strikeouts per 9.0 ratio. In his two professional seasons since being drafted by the Astros in the 11th round of the 2017 draft out of Notre Dame, Bielak has posted a 1.91 ERA (32ER/150.2IP) with 173 strikeouts in 35 games (21 starts).

Bostick, 23, posted a 3.67 ERA (40ER/98IP) in 22 games (16 starts) combined between Fresno (1g) and Corpus Christi (21g) last season. He impressed this offseason, working to a 2.81 ERA (10ER/32IP) in eight starts for Anzoategui in the Venezuelan Winter League. A former second-round pick by the Rangers in the 2013 draft, Bostick was acquired by the Astros in exchange for C Carlos Corporan on Jan. 21, 2015.

Bukauskas, 22, combined to go 4-2 with a 2.14 ERA (14ER/59IP) in 14 regular season starts across five levels in the Astros minor league system last season. He topped out at Double A, making two starts for the Hooks, including one playoff start, posting a 0.75 ERA (1ER/12IP) with 15 strikeouts. Drafted by the Astros with the 15th overall selection in the 2017 draft, Bukauskas checks in as the Astros No. 6 prospect, per Baseball America.

Dawson, 23, combined to hit .258 (115x446) with 24 doubles, 16 home runs, 63 RBI and 35 stolen bases in 119 games in 2018 between Corpus Christi (29g) and Buies Creek (90g), where he was a Carolina League All-Star. The left-handed hitting outfielder played the majority of his season in center field, making 111 starts at the position. Originally a second-round pick by the Astros in the 2016 draft out of Ohio State, the 2019 season will be his fourth professional campaign.

De Goti, 24, split his 2018 season between Fresno (27g) and Corpus Christi (98g), combining to hit .283 (128x452) with 29 doubles, 12 home runs and 62 RBI in 125 games. He spent the majority of his season with the Hooks, where he was named a Texas League All-Star. De Goti impressed as a minor league call-up in Major League camp last season, hitting .286 (8x28) with two doubles and a home run in 20 Spring Training games. Primarily a shortstop, De Goti was originally drafted by the Astros in the 15th round of the 2016 draft.

Emanuel, 26, spent his entire season with Fresno in 2018, going 5-4 with a 5.59 ERA (52ER/83.2IP) in 31 games (10 starts). For the first time in his career, he posted over a strikeout per inning in a full season, accumulating 86 strikeouts in 83.2 innings pitched. Emanuel has spent six seasons (2013-18) in the Astros minor league system since being selected by the Astros in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft.

Hartman, 24, spent his entire 2018 season at Corpus Christi, where he was named a Texas League All-Star and a Double A All-Star by Baseball America. He finished his campaign with an 11-4 record and a 2.69 ERA (36ER/120.2IP) in 25 games (18 starts), while posting 143 strikeouts in 120.2 innings pitched. Originally a ninth-round pick by the Astros out of Tennessee Wesleyan in 2016, Hartman is entering his fourth professional season.

Hernandez, 23, went 2-2 with a 2.35 ERA (15ER/57.1IP) in 13 games (11 starts) between Buies Creek (9g) and Class A Short Season Tri-City (4g) in 2018. Following the regular season, he started six games for Mazatlan in the Mexican League, posting 34 strikeouts in his 26.0 innings pitched. A native of Mazatlan, Hernandez was signed as an international free agent on March 2, 2015.

Jones, 25, combined to hit .281 (127x452) with 32 doubles, 18 home runs, 80 RBI and an .854 OPS in 123 games combined between Fresno (39g) and Corpus Christi (84g) in 2018. The 6'7" first baseman had an All-Star campaign with the Hooks en route to being named the Texas League All-Star Game MVP. Originally drafted by the Astros in the 19th round of the 2016 draft out of Gonzaga, Jones is entering his fourth professional campaign.

Martin, 23, posted a 9-2 record and a 2.51 ERA (34ER/122IP) in 25 games (21 starts) between Corpus Christi (21g) and Buies Creek (4g) last season, while being named a Texas League All-Star. On the season, he posted 122 strikeouts in his 122.0 innings pitched, while allowing just a .199 opponent batting average. Ranked as the Astros No. 5 prospect by Baseball America, Martin was originally selected by the Astros in the second round of the 2017 draft out of Texas A&M.

Mayfield, 28, spent his entire 2018 season at Fresno, hitting .270 (117x433) with 31 doubles, 16 home runs, and 66 RBI in 113 games. Named a 2018 MiLB.com Organizational All-Star, Mayfield plays all over the infield, making starts last season at third base, shortstop and second base. This will be Mayfield's second time as an NRI, which includes an impressive 2018 Spring campaign, in which he hit .313 (15x48) with three doubles, and two home runs in 24 games with the Major League club. He was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the University of Oklahoma in 2013.

McCurry, 27, spent his second-consecutive full season with Fresno in 2018, posting a 6-7 record with 14 saves and a 3.69 ERA (26ER/63.1IP) in 46 relief appearances. He once again posted solid strikeout numbers with 73 in 63.2 innings pitched and has amassed 338 strikeouts in 281.2 career minor league innings pitched. McCurry, who pitched collegiately at Oklahoma State, was acquired by Houston from Oakland on Nov. 25, 2015, in exchange for IF Jed Lowrie.

Pinales, 24, went 3-4 with seven saves and a 5.17 ERA (32ER/55.2IP) in 38 games with Corpus Christi last season. He had a solid offseason, appearing in nine games for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League, posting a 3.27 ERA (4ER/11IP) with 11 strikeouts in his 11.0 innings pitched. He was originally signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic on May 15, 2013.

Quintana, 29, hit .254 (62x244) with 19 doubles, 11 home runs and 42 RBI in 70 games with Corpus Christi last season. The 2018 season was his first stateside campaign after playing seven seasons (2008-15) in Cuba's Serie Nacional. He was signed by Houston as an international free agent on Oct. 5, 2017.

Ritchie, 25, hit .293 (71x242) with 16 doubles and 31 RBI in 70 games combined between Fresno (25g) and Corpus Christi in 2018. He started 66 games behind the dish on the season, posting a .993 fielding percentage, including a 24-game errorless streak with the Grizzlies. Ritchie was originally a 13th-round selection by Houston in the 2014 draft.

Robinson, 24, appeared in 75 games, making 70 starts behind the plate for Buies Creek last season. He's just a year removed from hitting .274 (118x430) with 15 homers in 108 games for Class A Quad Cities in 2017. Robinson is entering his fourth Major League campaign since being selected by Houston in the 21st round of the 2016 draft.

Rojas, 24, hit .263 (126x480) with 34 doubles, six triples, eight home runs, 55 RBI and 38 stolen bases in 120 games between Corpus Christi (106g) and Buies Creek (24g) in 2018. The left-handed hitting utility player made starts all over the diamond in 2018, including all four infield positions and left field. Rojas was originally drafted by Houston in the 26th round of the 2017 draft out of the University of Hawaii.

Sneed, 26, is back in Major League camp as an NRI after having a solid season at Fresno in 2018, posting a 10-6 record and a 3.83 ERA (54ER/127IP) in 26 games (20 starts) for the Grizzlies. This marks Sneed's second time in Major League camp with the Astros, as he was also with the club as an NRI in 2017. He was originally acquired by Houston from Milwaukee in exchange for IF Jonathan Villar on Nov. 19, 2015.

Tanielu, 26, is making his second straight appearance at Major League camp with the Astros after hitting .288 (113x392) with 22 doubles, nine home runs and 59 RBI combined between Fresno (76g) and Corpus Christi (29g) in 2018. The 2019 season will be his sixth season (2014-19) with the Astros after originally being drafted by Houston in the 14th round of the 2014 draft.

Toro, 22, split his 2018 season between Corpus Christi (50g) and Buies Creek (83g), here he was a Carolina League All-Star. He combined for a .247 average (117x474) with 35 doubles, 16 home runs and 78 RBI in 133 games. Toro played exclusively third base in 2018, making 124 starts at the hot corner. A native of Longueuil, Canada, Toro was selected by the Astros in the fifth round of the 2016 draft out of Seminole State JC.

Whitley, 21, enters this season as the Astros consensus top prospect and as the top right-handed pitching prospect in Major League Baseball, per MLB.com. He's coming off a shortened season in 2018, in which he made eight regular season starts, all with Corpus Christi, posting a 3.76 ERA (11ER/26.1IP) with 34 strikeouts. Following the season, he starred in the Arizona Fall League for Scottsdale, compiling a 2.42 ERA (7ER/26IP) with 36 strikeouts in 26.0 innings and six starts. Whitley is entering his fourth professional campaign after being selected with the 17th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

With Houston's 22 non-roster invites scheduled to attend camp, the overall Spring Training roster total is at 60 players (31 pitchers, 29 position players), including 38 players on the Astros 40-man roster. The first official Spring Training workout for Astros pitchers and catchers is scheduled for Feb. 14, and the first full squad workout is scheduled for Feb. 18.


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Astros Hall of Fame presented by Houston Methodist set to open in March

Renderings of the Hall of Fame to be revealed at a press conference at Astros FanFest on January 26

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros officially announced today the opening of the Astros Hall of Fame presented by Houston Methodist, which will debut during the 2019 season.

"The creation of the Astros Hall of Fame has been one of our goals for many years, and we are very excited that the project has come to fruition," said Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan. "The Astros organization has had so many players, managers, coaches, broadcasters and staff members who have made a substantial impact on our city and fans over the 57-year history of our ballclub. The Astros Hall of Fame will give our fans an opportunity to celebrate those individuals, as well as the greatest moments in Astros history, whenever they come to our ballpark".

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros officially announced today the opening of the Astros Hall of Fame presented by Houston Methodist, which will debut during the 2019 season.

"The creation of the Astros Hall of Fame has been one of our goals for many years, and we are very excited that the project has come to fruition," said Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan. "The Astros organization has had so many players, managers, coaches, broadcasters and staff members who have made a substantial impact on our city and fans over the 57-year history of our ballclub. The Astros Hall of Fame will give our fans an opportunity to celebrate those individuals, as well as the greatest moments in Astros history, whenever they come to our ballpark".

The Astros Hall of Fame will be located in Home Run Alley on the main concourse at Minute Maid Park. 

The inaugural 2019 Astros Hall of Fame induction class features the nine Astros with retired numbers, as well as the members of the Astros Walk of Fame located on Texas Ave. The 2019 inductees are Bob Aspromonte, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Jose Cruz, Larry Dierker, Gene Elston, Milo Hamilton, Joe Morgan, Joe Niekro, Shane Reynolds, J.R. Richard, Nolan Ryan, Mike Scott, Jim Umbricht, Don Wilson and Jimmy Wynn.

The Astros will host a press conference in the Diamond Club at Minute Maid Park on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 11:00 a.m. CT as part of 2019 Astros FanFest. The press conference is open to the public and will feature Reid Ryan, Astros authentication manager and team historian Mike Acosta and 2019 Astros Hall of Fame inductees Jeff Bagwell and Larry Dierker. The Astros will reveal full details of the Astros Hall of Fame at the press conference, including renderings of the Hall of Fame and a sample of the Astros Hall of Fame Jacket. Following the press conference, Astros Community Outreach Executive and former long-time TV broadcaster Bill Brown will host a Fan Forum session with Bagwell and Dierker in the Diamond Club. 

The Astros Hall of Fame presented by Houston Methodist will be open and ready for fans to enjoy starting with the Astros exhibition games against the Pittsburgh Pirates from March 25-26. 

The Astros Hall of Fame plaques will not be installed or revealed until the 2019 induction ceremony, which will take place during Astros Hall of Fame weekend from August 2-4. Later today, the 2019 Class for the National Baseball Hall of Fame will be announced live on MLB Network at 5:00 p.m. CT.


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2019 Astros Caravan begins Tuesday

Caravan to make stops throughout Houston area, San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi; FanFest set for Saturday, Jan. 26

The 2019 Houston Astros Caravan presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors will begin Tuesday, January 22. The annual community outreach tour consists of several trips over the course of that week in the Houston area (Jan. 22, 24), Austin (Jan. 22), Corpus Christi (Jan. 23) and San Antonio (Jan. 24) and culminates with the annual Astros FanFest at Minute Maid Park on Saturday, Jan. 26. 

The Astros Caravan gives fans the opportunity to connect with current and former players, broadcasters and front office personnel at various locations throughout the week as the club approaches the start of Spring Training camp. Popular Astros mascot Orbit will also take part in the caravan. 

The 2019 Houston Astros Caravan presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors will begin Tuesday, January 22. The annual community outreach tour consists of several trips over the course of that week in the Houston area (Jan. 22, 24), Austin (Jan. 22), Corpus Christi (Jan. 23) and San Antonio (Jan. 24) and culminates with the annual Astros FanFest at Minute Maid Park on Saturday, Jan. 26. 

The Astros Caravan gives fans the opportunity to connect with current and former players, broadcasters and front office personnel at various locations throughout the week as the club approaches the start of Spring Training camp. Popular Astros mascot Orbit will also take part in the caravan. 

The fan outreach tour will stop will include community centers, military facilities, hospitals and other locations. There will also be opportunities for fans to get free autographs from Astros players at select Academy Sports + Outdoors locations.

The Astros will once again host Caravan Jams in select markets throughout the week, which will feature music, inflatables and interaction with players through a public Q&A session.

For more information and complete details, visit www.astros.com/caravan. 

Astros FanFest, will cap off the week-long Caravan at Minute Maid Park on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. with activities for all ages including autograph sessions with many current and former players, playing catch in the outfield, taking swings in the Astros batting cages, running the bases, bullpen throwing sessions, photo booths of all kinds, fan forums with front office staff and current players, run the bases for fans of all ages, and picture opportunities in the dugouts. All activity voucher proceeds benefit the Astros Foundation. For more information, visit www.astros.com/fanfest. More details on FanFest will be released on Wednesday.

Astros 2019 Caravan schedule and details are as follows (please note that players are subject to change):

Tuesday, Jan. 22

West Houston (Katy) 
Players/broadcaster: Tyler White, Brady Rodgers, Steve Sparks

Brookwood Community 
• 2:00pm - 3:00pm 
• Special Guest: Orbit
• 1752 FM 1489, Brookshire, TX 77423
• CLOSED to public 
• Open to Media. Media Contact: Jennifer Tiedt (832-723-7586)

Chick-fil-A
• 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• Special Guest: Orbit
• Address: 369 South Mason Road, Katy, TX 77450 
• Open to media and public
• Media Contact: Wendy Reinwald (281-804-9657)
• Promotion: Free chocolate chunk cookie for guests dressed in Astros gear, from 3-5pm. One per 
person, while supplies last.

Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Signing
• 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Address: 23155 Katy Freeway, Katy, TX 77449
• Open to media and public
• Media Contact: Allan Rojas (281-944-6048)
*Note, players will only sign the commemorative autograph cards provided at each Academy Sports + Outdoors location.

Caravan Jam at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
• 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
• Special Guest: Orbit
• Address: 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, TX 77494
• Open to media and public. Media Contact: Alexandra Noboa (713-303-6032)

Austin/Round Rock
Players/broadcasters: Kyle Tucker, Josh James, Chris Devenski, Todd Kalas

Round Rock Express Luncheon
• 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
• Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, TX 78665
• Ticket info: 512-255-2255 or visit RoundRockExpress.com
• Open to media and ticketed public

Pluckers Wing Bar 
• 2:30pm - 3:30pm 
• 300 Mays Crossing Dr. STE 300, Round Rock, TX 78664
• Open to media and public. Media Contact: Kara (913-428-6658)

Northwest Family YMCA
• 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
• Address: 5807 McNeil Drive, Austin, TX 78729
• CLOSED to public
• Open to media
• Media Contact: Tayne Richard (512-335-9622)

Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Signing 
• 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
• Address: 1104 C-bar Ranch Trail, Cedar Park, TX 78613
• Open to media and public
• Media POC: Allan Rojas (281-944-6048)
*Note, players will only sign the commemorative autograph cards provided at each Academy Sports + Outdoors location. 

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Fort Hood
Players/broadcaster: Chris Devenski, Kyle Tucker, Josh James, Todd Kalas 

Fort Hood Military Base 
• 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 
• Address: 69004 TJ Mills Blvd, Fort Hood, TX 76544
• CLOSED to public 
• Open to media. Contact: Capt. Wes Strickland (904-370-4563). Media must contact to attend.

Academy Sports + Outdoors Shopping Spree 
• 3:30pm - 4:30pm 
• Address: 2500 E Central Texas Expy, Killeen, TX 76543
• Open to Media. POC: Allan Rojas (281-944-6048)
• *Note - This is NOT an autograph session. 

Corpus Christi
Players/broadcaster: Myles Straw, Max Stassi, Corbin Martin, Robert Ford

Coastal Bend Food Bank 
• 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
• Address: 826 Krill Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78408
• CLOSED to public 
• Open to media. Media Contact: James Burnett (361-548-2129)

Whataburger 
• 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 
• Address: 7702 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78412
• Open to media and public - Note: This is not an autograph session
• Media POC: Joe Lukefahr (361-799-9451)

Academy Sports + Outdoors Shopping Spree
• 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
• Address: 5001 South Padre Island, Corpus Christi, TX 78411
• CLOSED to public 
• Open to media. POC: Allan Rojas (281-944-6048)
• *Note - This is NOT an autograph session. 

Caravan Jam at Whataburger Field
• 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
• Address: 734 East Port Ave., Corpus Christi, TX 78401 
• Open to media and public. Media Contact: Sarah Kincart (713-213-6519)

Thursday, Jan. 24

North Houston - Woodlands Area
Player/Broadcaster List: Jake Marisnick, Tyler White, Geoff Blum

H-E-B 
• 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
• Address: 20311 Champion Forest Dr., Spring, TX 77379
• Open to media and public

Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital 
• 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
• Address: 17201 Interstate 45 S., The Woodlands, TX 77385
• CLOSED to public 
• Open to media. POC: Amy Barnett (281-904-9329)

Caravan Jam at Fountains at Waterway Square
• 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
• Address: 31 Waterway Square Place, The Woodlands, TX 77380
• Open to media and public. Media Contact: Steve Grande (713-447-2774)

Central Houston - Inner Loop
Players/broadcaster: Tony Kemp and Robinson Chirinos will be at all stops. Steve Sparks, AJ Hinch and Carlos Correa will be at the stops noted below. 

Sunshine Kids Party 
• 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
• Players/broadcaster: Hinch, Kemp, Chirinos, Sparks
• Special Guest: Orbit
• Address: 6701 Fannin St (Mark A. Wallace Tower), Houston, TX 77030
• CLOSED to public 
• Open to media. Media Contact: Caroline Timm (501-804-2608) for info. and parking. 

Shriners Hospital for Children - Houston 
• 12:30pm - 1:30pm 
• Players/broadcaster: Correa, Hinch, Kemp, Chirinos, Sparks
• Address: 6977 Main St., Houston, TX 77030
• CLOSED to public 
• Open to media. POC Dustin Johnson, (813-230-2318)   

Chick-fil-A 
• 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
• Players/broadcaster: Kemp, Chirinos, Sparks
• Address: 5325 South Rice Ave., Houston, TX 77081 
• Open to media and public
• Media Contact: Steven Kinney (864-494-4751) 
• Promotion: 30-count nugget deal from 2-5pm. For $20, guests receive 30ct nuggets, 2 large fries & 2 large Coke or tea beverages (lemonade not included).

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center 
• 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
• Address: 2002 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030
• Players/Broadcaster: Chirinos, Kemp, Sparks 
• Closed to public
• Open to media. Media Contact: Maureen Diamond (773-610-8237)

Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Signing
• Players: Kemp, Chirinos 
• 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
• Address: 2404 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77098 
• Open to media and public. Allan Rojas (281-944-6048)
• *Note - Players will only sign the cards provided at each Academy Sports + Outdoors location.

Astroline at Pluckers  
• Players/broadcaster: Chris Devenski, Josh James, Sparks
• 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
• Address: 1400 Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX 77007
• Open to media and public

San Antonio
Players/broadcaster: Dean Deetz, Rogelio Armenteros, Alum Shane Reynolds, Alex Trevino 

Brooke Army Medical Center 
• Time: 11:30am - 2:00pm 
• Address: 3551 Roger Brooke Dr., Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234
• CLOSED to public 
• Open to media. Media Contact: Robert A. Whetstone (210-529-2766)

Academy Sports + Outdoors Shopping Spree 
• Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
• Address: 7523 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, Texas 78245
• CLOSED to public 
• Open to media. Media Contact: Allan Rojas (281-944-6048)
• *Note - This is NOT an autograph session 

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Astros, Karbach Brewing Co. introduce new Crawford Bock beer

Crawford Bock Beer Aims to Enhance the Fan Experience and Gives Back to Houston

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros and Houston-based Karbach Brewing Co. have joined forces to bring fans a brand new beer and give back to the Houston community right in time for spring season. Crawford Bock, a smooth, easy-drinking ballpark beer, will make its debut at the 2019 Astros Fan Fest on January 26th and be available to the public the first week of March at the ballpark and across Texas.

A portion of sales from every keg and case will benefit the Astros Foundation and its community initiatives, which include youth baseball and softball, military support, childhood cancer awareness and efforts to reduce homelessness. Giving back to the Houston community has always been a part of both the Houston Astros and Karbach Brewing Co.'s DNA.

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros and Houston-based Karbach Brewing Co. have joined forces to bring fans a brand new beer and give back to the Houston community right in time for spring season. Crawford Bock, a smooth, easy-drinking ballpark beer, will make its debut at the 2019 Astros Fan Fest on January 26th and be available to the public the first week of March at the ballpark and across Texas.

A portion of sales from every keg and case will benefit the Astros Foundation and its community initiatives, which include youth baseball and softball, military support, childhood cancer awareness and efforts to reduce homelessness. Giving back to the Houston community has always been a part of both the Houston Astros and Karbach Brewing Co.'s DNA.

"Everything we do is for our fans and our community and Crawford Bock exemplifies this," said Matt Brand, Astros Senior V.P., Corporate Communications. "Our hope is that whether folks are watching an Astros game at the ballpark or in their own home, this beer will take the fan experience to the next level. Also, the funds raised will allow us to continue to serve the city of Houston through local programs."

Crawford Bock (4.5% ABV) is a deliciously smooth, malty beer that's the perfect brew to enjoy while catching a baseball game with your friends and family. The can design is a blend of old and new, inspired by the old school Astros rainbow uniforms and Minute Maid Park's iconic "Crawford Boxes" seating section. 

Karbach Brewing Co. and the Houston Astros have been loyal partners since long before the recent winning seasons. Karbach is the proud sponsor of Astroline, the Astros live, off-season radio show and home for Astros news. Born from meetings at both the brewery and at the ballpark, every aspect of the beer, from the creation of the name, recipe formulation, and the design of the can, has been a true collaboration. Karbach Brewing Co. and the Astros are proud to release a beer specifically designed for Astros fans. 

"All of us at Karbach are die-hard Astros fans and we're proud to pay tribute to the heritage of the team with this new beer," said David Graham, brand manager of Karbach Brewing Co. "Working with the Astros organization and the Astros Foundation to release Crawford Bock has been a great partnership and we cannot wait for fellow fans of beer drinking age to try it out."

Fans wanting a sneak preview of Crawford Bock can visit the 2019 Astros Fan Fest at section 113 on January 26th for an exclusive first taste. Starting the first week of March, Crawford Bock will be available at Minute Maid Park, in 6-packs at local grocery and liquor outlets, and on tap at select restaurants, bars and pubs across Texas. 

To learn more about the Houston Astros and the upcoming Crawford Bock release, visit www.astros.com/fanfest

About Karbach Brewing Co.
On a mission to provide high quality craft beer, Karbach Brewing Co. was founded in 2011 by beverage industry veterans, Chuck Robertson and Ken Goodman, with renowned brewmaster Eric Warner at the helm. Karbach beers are proudly brewed in Texas with a brewery and pub located on historic Karbach Street in Houston. As the company continues to grow, the team relies on its homegrown roots and universal flavors to provide craft beer that everyone can enjoy because after all, it's all about the beer. 

For more information, visit us at http://karbachbrewing.com/ or check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Astros Foundation
The Astros Foundation, the official 501(c)(3) team charity of the Houston Astros, seeks to harness the passion of baseball fans to support youth baseball and softball programs serving at-risk children and teens. Our cornerstone initiatives include the Community Leaders program, the Astros Urban Youth Academy and the Astros RBI program. For more information on the Astros Foundation, please visit www.Astros.com/Foundation.

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Astros Golf Foundation unveils new logo & 2019 Houston Open dates

HOUSTON, TX - In a press conference this morning in the Museum Room at Memorial Park, the Astros Golf Foundation unveiled new logos and branding and officially announced that the 2019 Houston Open will be held October 7-13 at the Golf Club of Houston. 

Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane and Giles Kibbe (President, Astros Golf Foundation) were joined at the press conference by Andy Pazder (Executive VP, PGA Tour), Greg Nielson (Regional Director, Escalante Golf), Steve Wright (Director, Houston Parks/Recreation), Colby Callaway (Houston Open Tournament Director) and Tom Doak (Memorial Park Golf Course Architect). 

HOUSTON, TX - In a press conference this morning in the Museum Room at Memorial Park, the Astros Golf Foundation unveiled new logos and branding and officially announced that the 2019 Houston Open will be held October 7-13 at the Golf Club of Houston. 

Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane and Giles Kibbe (President, Astros Golf Foundation) were joined at the press conference by Andy Pazder (Executive VP, PGA Tour), Greg Nielson (Regional Director, Escalante Golf), Steve Wright (Director, Houston Parks/Recreation), Colby Callaway (Houston Open Tournament Director) and Tom Doak (Memorial Park Golf Course Architect). 

Houston was in jeopardy of losing the Houston Open, which began in 1946, before Crane successfully spearheaded efforts to not only keep the tournament in Houston, but to also make it better. The tournament will be primarily underwritten by the Astros Foundation, per an agreement between the Foundation and the PGA Tour. The agreement is for five years (2019-23). 

"Our goal is to work hard and establish a first-class tournament that one day will be considered one of the best on Tour," Crane commented. "This tournament will benefit the City of Houston in many ways, creating revenue for the business community as well as generating significant dollars each year for the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and for the First Tee of Greater Houston. We appreciate the great support that we have received from so many for this tournament, including Mayor Sylvester Turner, City Council, the PGA Tour, Escalante Golf and the Memorial Park Conservancy."

The Astros Golf Foundation will make minimum donations each year of $1.0 million to the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and $500,000 to the First Tee of Greater Houston, a non-profit organization that encourages youth to be active with the game of golf, via the PGA Tour. All other net proceeds will be distributed throughout the Houston community by the Astros Foundation. 

THE NEW HOUSTON OPEN

The 2019 Houston Open will be held at the Golf Club of Houston, October 7-13, before moving permanently to the renovated Memorial Park Golf Course in 2020. 

"The Houston Open will have a new look and a new feel," Callaway said. "In addition to featuring an attractive field of golfers, we will also be adding some new elements for our spectators, including musical entertainment and a tailgate zone. "And, the Houston Open will have a purse ($7.5M) that will make it the premier fall event on the PGA TOUR in the U.S.A."  

Championship play for the tournament will begin on Thursday, October 10 and will culminate with the awarding of the championship trophy on Sunday, October 13. Pro-Am events and a Junior Golf event will be scheduled for the days

(Mon.-Wed.) leading up to Thursday's first round. 

For more information on the 2019 Houston Open, contact info@astrosgolf.com. Regular updates on the Houston Open can also be found via social media on Instagram Twitter, Facebook and SnapChat using @HouOpenGolf. The HoustonOpenGolf.com website will be launched at a later date.   

STAR-STUDDED TEAM TO OVERSEE MEMORIAL PARK RENOVATION 

Renowned golf course architect Tom Doak is overseeing the renovations and improvements to the Memorial Park Golf Course, which began January 10th, one day after City Council approved the project. Doak has designed several of the top golf courses in the country and around the globe. His lead consultant is Brooks Koepka, who is the reigning U.S. Open and PGA Champion, the 2017 U.S. Open Champion and began the 2019 season as the No. 1 ranked player in the world. 

The goal for the renovation will be to not only make it one of the best courses on the PGA Tour, but to also make it one of the most attractive courses in the nation.

"Our commitment is to improve the course, provide the City with storm water retention, and also ensure the course is maintained for all Houstonians to enjoy affordable golf at a PGA-caliber facility," Kibbe said. "It will be a great addition to the City's iconic park."

NEW BRANDING UNVEILED 

The logos and branding for the new Houston Open were also unveiled on Wednesday morning. The launch of the new Astros Golf Foundation and the Houston Open branding represents the official launch of the next generation of the Houston Open.   

"Our new brand reflects our desire to get a new generation excited about golf in Houston," Kibbe stated. "We want the tournament to bring together all walks of life for a great social experience, while watching the best athletes compete at an elite level. It is bright, bold and it reflects the values of the tournament - integrity, collaboration, passion, authenticity and fun."

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Astros agree to terms with seven players

Harris, Marisnick, McCullers Jr., McHugh, Osuna, Peacock, Pressly agree to one-year deals, avoiding arbitration

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with outfielder Jake Marisnick and right-handed pitchers Will Harris, Lance McCullers Jr., Collin McHugh, Roberto Osuna, Brad Peacock and Ryan Pressly. The announcement was made by Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow. All seven players were arbitration-eligible. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Marisnick, 27, appeared in 103 games for the Astros in 2018, including 57 starts in center field (63). He finished his season ranking seventh among all American League outfielders in runs saved (11) and committed only one error on the season (in 143 total chances). At the plate, Marisnick connected for eight doubles and 10 home runs in 213 at-bats. Originally acquired in a trade with Miami in 2014, Marisnick has played for the Astros in each of the last five seasons (2014-18).

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with outfielder Jake Marisnick and right-handed pitchers Will Harris, Lance McCullers Jr., Collin McHugh, Roberto Osuna, Brad Peacock and Ryan Pressly. The announcement was made by Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow. All seven players were arbitration-eligible. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Marisnick, 27, appeared in 103 games for the Astros in 2018, including 57 starts in center field (63). He finished his season ranking seventh among all American League outfielders in runs saved (11) and committed only one error on the season (in 143 total chances). At the plate, Marisnick connected for eight doubles and 10 home runs in 213 at-bats. Originally acquired in a trade with Miami in 2014, Marisnick has played for the Astros in each of the last five seasons (2014-18).

Harris, 34, appeared in 61 games for the Astros in 2018, posting a 5-3 record and a 3.49 ERA (22ER/56.2IP). He recorded career bests in both groundball rate (53.1%) and swing and miss rate (31.9%) and compiled a 2.48 FIP, good for 10th among American League relievers. A veteran of seven Major League seasons, Harris has pitched four seasons with the Astros, appearing in 241 games for Houston, with a 2.58 ERA (68ER/237IP).

McCullers Jr., 25, posted a 10-6 record with a 3.86 ERA (55ER/128.1IP) in 25 games, including 22 starts, in 2018. He set career highs in multiple categories, including strikeouts (142), innings pitched, wins and appearances. The 2017 All-Star underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Nov. 6, 2018, and is expected to miss the 2019 season. Selected by the Astros with the 41st overall pick in the first round of the 2012 draft, McCullers has gone 29-22 with a 3.67 ERA (185ER/453.2IP) and 509 strikeouts in four seasons with the Astros.

McHugh, 31, had a dominant season out of the bullpen for the Astros in 2018, going 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA (16ER/72.1IP) in 58 relief appearances. Among AL relievers, McHugh ranked fourth in ERA, fourth in WHIP (0.91), fourth in opponent OBP (.252), seventh in opponent batting average (.176) and tied for eighth in strikeouts (94). Originally a waiver claim by the Astros in the 2013-14 offseason, McHugh has gone 54-30 with a 3.51 ERA in five seasons in Houston.

Osuna, 23, appeared in 38 Major League games in 2018, posting a 2.37 ERA (10ER/38IP) with 21 saves. He split his 2018 campaign between the Blue Jays (15g) and Astros (23g), as Houston acquired him on July 30 from Toronto in exchange for three pitchers. In two months in the Astros bullpen, Osuna went 12-for-12 in save opportunities and posted a 1.99 ERA (5ER/22.2IP).

Peacock, 30, made a career-high 61 appearances in 2018, posting a 3.46 ERA (25ER/65IP) with 96 strikeouts in his 65.0 innings pitched. Among American League relievers, Peacock ranked sixth in strikeouts per 9.0 (13.36) and tied for eighth in strikeouts (94). The right-hander was originally acquired from Oakland as part of a five-player deal in 2013.

Pressly, 30, split his 2018 season between Houston (26g) and Minnesota (51g), combining to post a 2.54 ERA (20ER/71IP) in 77 appearances, which led the American League. He also ranked fourth among AL relievers in strikeouts (101), eighth in ERA and ninth in strikeouts per 9.0 (12.80). He was acquired by the Astros on July 27, 2018, in exchange for two prospects, and posted a 0.77 ERA (2ER/23.1IP) in 26 games down the stretch for Houston.

The deadline for clubs and arbitration-eligible players to exchange filing numbers was earlier today. Shortstop Carlos Correa and right-handed pitchers Gerrit Cole and Chris Devenski are the remaining unsigned, arbitration-eligible players on the Astros roster.

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Astros Agree to Terms with Seven Players

Harris, Marisnick, McCullers Jr., McHugh, Osuna, Peacock, Pressly agree to one-year deals, avoiding arbitration

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with outfielder Jake Marisnick and right-handed pitchers Will Harris, Lance McCullers Jr., Collin McHugh, Roberto Osuna, Brad Peacock and Ryan Pressly. The announcement was made by Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow. All seven players were arbitration-eligible. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Marisnick, 27, appeared in 103 games for the Astros in 2018, including 57 starts in center field (63). He finished his season ranking seventh among all American League outfielders in runs saved (11) and committed only one error on the season (in 143 total chances). At the plate, Marisnick connected for eight doubles and 10 home runs in 213 at-bats. Originally acquired in a trade with Miami in 2014, Marisnick has played for the Astros in each of the last five seasons (2014-18).

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with outfielder Jake Marisnick and right-handed pitchers Will Harris, Lance McCullers Jr., Collin McHugh, Roberto Osuna, Brad Peacock and Ryan Pressly. The announcement was made by Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow. All seven players were arbitration-eligible. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Marisnick, 27, appeared in 103 games for the Astros in 2018, including 57 starts in center field (63). He finished his season ranking seventh among all American League outfielders in runs saved (11) and committed only one error on the season (in 143 total chances). At the plate, Marisnick connected for eight doubles and 10 home runs in 213 at-bats. Originally acquired in a trade with Miami in 2014, Marisnick has played for the Astros in each of the last five seasons (2014-18).

Harris, 34, appeared in 61 games for the Astros in 2018, posting a 5-3 record and a 3.49 ERA (22ER/56.2IP). He recorded career bests in both groundball rate (53.1%) and swing and miss rate (31.9%) and compiled a 2.48 FIP, good for 10th among American League relievers. A veteran of seven Major League seasons, Harris has pitched four seasons with the Astros, appearing in 241 games for Houston, with a 2.58 ERA (68ER/237IP).

McCullers Jr., 25, posted a 10-6 record with a 3.86 ERA (55ER/128.1IP) in 25 games, including 22 starts, in 2018. He set career highs in multiple categories, including strikeouts (142), innings pitched, wins and appearances. The 2017 All-Star underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Nov. 6, 2018, and is expected to miss the 2019 season. Selected by the Astros with the 41st overall pick in the first round of the 2012 draft, McCullers has gone 29-22 with a 3.67 ERA (185ER/453.2IP) and 509 strikeouts in four seasons with the Astros.

McHugh, 31, had a dominant season out of the bullpen for the Astros in 2018, going 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA (16ER/72.1IP) in 58 relief appearances. Among AL relievers, McHugh ranked fourth in ERA, fourth in WHIP (0.91), fourth in opponent OBP (.252), seventh in opponent batting average (.176) and tied for eighth in strikeouts (94). Originally a waiver claim by the Astros in the 2013-14 offseason, McHugh has gone 54-30 with a 3.51 ERA in five seasons in Houston.

Osuna, 23, appeared in 38 Major League games in 2018, posting a 2.37 ERA (10ER/38IP) with 21 saves. He split his 2018 campaign between the Blue Jays (15g) and Astros (23g), as Houston acquired him on July 30 from Toronto in exchange for three pitchers. In two months in the Astros bullpen, Osuna went 12-for-12 in save opportunities and posted a 1.99 ERA (5ER/22.2IP).


Peacock, 30, made a career-high 61 appearances in 2018, posting a 3.46 ERA (25ER/65IP) with 96 strikeouts in his 65.0 innings pitched. Among American League relievers, Peacock ranked sixth in strikeouts per 9.0 (13.36) and tied for eighth in strikeouts (94). The right-hander was originally acquired from Oakland as part of a five-player deal in 2013.

Pressly, 30, split his 2018 season between Houston (26g) and Minnesota (51g), combining to post a 2.54 ERA (20ER/71IP) in 77 appearances, which led the American League. He also ranked fourth among AL relievers in strikeouts (101), eighth in ERA and ninth in strikeouts per 9.0 (12.80). He was acquired by the Astros on July 27, 2018, in exchange for two prospects, and posted a 0.77 ERA (2ER/23.1IP) in 26 games down the stretch for Houston.

The deadline for clubs and arbitration-eligible players to exchange filing numbers was earlier today. Shortstop Carlos Correa and right-handed pitchers Gerrit Cole and Chris Devenski are the remaining unsigned, arbitration-eligible players on the Astros roster.


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Bregman undergoes procedure on right elbow

HOUSTON, TX - Astros All-Star infielder Alex Bregman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow today to remove loose bodies, Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today. 
 
The procedure was performed by Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff this morning in Houston. Bregman, 24, will be limited at the start of Spring Training. He is expected to be ready to play prior to the start of the regular season, which begins on Mar. 28 at Tampa. 
 
Bregman was one of the top players in baseball in 2018, reaching career highs in every significant category. In his 157 games, he hit .286 with 51 doubles, 31 home runs, 103 RBI, 105 runs and 96 walks while posting a .926 OPS (.394 OBP, .532 SLG). One of his highlights was earning All-Star Game MVP honors after hitting a game-winning home run for the American League squad.

HOUSTON, TX - Astros All-Star infielder Alex Bregman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow today to remove loose bodies, Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today. 
 
The procedure was performed by Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff this morning in Houston. Bregman, 24, will be limited at the start of Spring Training. He is expected to be ready to play prior to the start of the regular season, which begins on Mar. 28 at Tampa. 
 
Bregman was one of the top players in baseball in 2018, reaching career highs in every significant category. In his 157 games, he hit .286 with 51 doubles, 31 home runs, 103 RBI, 105 runs and 96 walks while posting a .926 OPS (.394 OBP, .532 SLG). One of his highlights was earning All-Star Game MVP honors after hitting a game-winning home run for the American League squad.

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Astros announce 2019 caravan schedule

Caravan to make stops throughout Houston area, San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi; Fanfest set for Saturday, Jan. 26

HOUSTON, TX - The 2019 Houston Astros Caravan presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors will begin on Tuesday, January 22. The annual community outreach tour consists of several trips over the course of that week in the Houston area (Jan. 22, 24), Austin (Jan. 22), Corpus Christi (Jan. 23) and San Antonio (Jan. 24) and culminates with the annual Astros FanFest at Minute Maid Park on Saturday, Jan. 26

The Astros Caravan gives fans the opportunity to connect with current and former players, broadcasters and front office personnel at various locations throughout the week as the club approaches the start of Spring Training camp. 

HOUSTON, TX - The 2019 Houston Astros Caravan presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors will begin on Tuesday, January 22. The annual community outreach tour consists of several trips over the course of that week in the Houston area (Jan. 22, 24), Austin (Jan. 22), Corpus Christi (Jan. 23) and San Antonio (Jan. 24) and culminates with the annual Astros FanFest at Minute Maid Park on Saturday, Jan. 26

The Astros Caravan gives fans the opportunity to connect with current and former players, broadcasters and front office personnel at various locations throughout the week as the club approaches the start of Spring Training camp. 

The fan outreach tour will stop at several different community centers and visit military facilities, hospitals and local schools. There will also be several opportunities for fans to get free autographs from Astros players at select Academy Sports + Outdoors locations.

The Astros will once again host Caravan Jams in select markets throughout the week, which will feature music, inflatables and interaction with players through a public Q&A session.

The 2019 caravan consist of current and former players, prospects, broadcasters and front office personnel. Popular Astros mascot Orbit will also make appearances throughout the week. For more information and complete details, visit www.astros.com/caravan

Astros FanFest, will cap off the week-long Caravan at Minute Maid Park on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. with activities for all ages including autograph sessions with many current and former players, playing catch in the outfield, taking swings in the Astros batting cages, running the bases, bullpen throwing sessions, photo booths of all kinds, fan forums with front office staff and current players, run the bases for fans of all ages, and picture opportunities in the dugouts. All activity voucher proceeds benefit the Astros Foundation. For more information, visit www.astros.com/fanfest.

Current details for the Astros Caravan are as follows (please note that players are subject to change and the schedule will continue to be updated):

Tuesday, Jan. 22

West Houston (Katy) 
Players/broadcaster: Tyler White, Brady Rodgers, Steve Sparks
Chick-fil-A
• 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• Address: 369 South Mason Road, Katy, TX 77450 
• Open to media and public

Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Signing
• 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Address: 23155 Katy Freeway, Katy, TX 77449
• Open to media and public
* Note, players will only sign the commemorative autograph cards provided at each Academy Sports + Outdoors location.

Caravan Jam at La Centerra
• 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
• Address: 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, TX 77494
• Open to media and public

Austin/Round Rock
Players/broadcasters: Kyle Tucker, Josh James, Chris Devenski, Todd Kalas

Round Rock Express Luncheon
• 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
• Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, TX 78665
• Ticket info: 512-255-2255 or visit RoundRockExpress.com
• Open to media and ticketed public

Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Signing 
• 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
• Address: 1104 C-bar Ranch Trail, Cedar Park, TX 78613
• Open to media and public
* Note, players will only sign the commemorative autograph cards provided at each Academy Sports + Outdoors location. 

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Corpus Christi
Players/broadcaster: Myles Straw, Max Stassi, Corbin Martin, Robert Ford

Whataburger 
• 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 
• Address: TBD 
• Open to media and public - Note: This is not an autograph session

Caravan Jam at Whataburger Field
• 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
• Address: 734 East Port Ave., Corpus Christi, TX 78401 
• Open to media

Thursday, Jan. 24

North Houston - Woodlands Area
Player/Broadcaster List: Jake Marisnick, Tyler White, Geoff Blum

HEB
• 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
• Address: 20311 Champion Forest Dr., Spring, TX 77379
• Open to media and public

Caravan Jam at Fountains at Waterway Square
• 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
• Address: 31 Waterway Square Place, The Woodlands, TX 77380
• Open to media and public

Central Houston - Inner Loop
Players/broadcaster: Tony Kemp, Robinson Chirinos, AJ Hinch, Steve Sparks

Chick-fil-A 
• 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
• Address: 5325 South Rice Ave., Houston, TX 77081 
• Open to media and public

Academy Sports + Outdoors Autograph Signing
• 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
• Address: 2404 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77098 
• Open to media and public
* Note - Players will only sign the commemorative autograph cards provided at each Academy Sports + Outdoors location.

San Antonio
Players/broadcaster: TBA

Locations being confirmed

* NOTE - Next week, the Astros will release more information, including an updated and complete listing and schedule of players taking part in the Caravan and Fanfest. 

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Astros reliever Joe Smith undergoes surgery

Veteran suffered ruptured left Achilles tendon; Expected to be out of action 6-8 months

HOUSTON, TX - Houston Astros right-handed reliever Joe Smith underwent surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon on Tuesday, Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today. 

Smith sustained the injury while working out last week. The injury will keep Smith out of action for approximately 6-8 months. 

HOUSTON, TX - Houston Astros right-handed reliever Joe Smith underwent surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon on Tuesday, Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today. 

Smith sustained the injury while working out last week. The injury will keep Smith out of action for approximately 6-8 months. 

Smith, 34, was 5-1 in 56 relief appearances for the Astros in 2018 with a 3.74 ERA (19ER/45.2IP) and 46 strikeouts. He allowed just 34 hits in his 45.2 innings of work for a .207 opponent batting average while posting a 1.01 WHIP. For his career, Smith has a 3.02 ERA in 754 Major League appearances (all in relief) and a 1.69 ERA (1ER/5.1IP) in eight career postseason appearances. 


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