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Astros Arizona Fall League updates

11:39 PM CDT

Seven Astros prospects are playing for the Peoria Javelinas in the 2019 Arizona Fall League: Right-hander Forrest Whitley (No. 1, MLB No. 16), shortstop Jeremy Pena (No. 8), first baseman J.J. Matijevic (No. 17), right-hander Cody Deason, right-hander Carlos Sanabria, catcher Colton Shaver and right-hander Jojanse Torres.

Whitley sees AFL as step toward 2020 success

Houston's No. 2 prospect starts strong, giving up one hit in 4 2/3
@JimCallisMLB
September 25, 2019

Forrest Whitley began 2018 as one of the best pitching prospects in baseball and figured to end his season by helping the Astros try to win another World Series. Instead, he wound up in the Arizona Fall League. Similarly, Whitley started 2019 as one of the best pitching prospects in

Whitley sits down six in impressive AFL start

@JesseSanchezMLB
September 22, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- Pete Alonso played here last year. So did Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Two years ago, Ronald Acuña Jr. tore up the Arizona Fall League. There have been close to 3,000 former AFL players make it to the Major Leagues, a list that includes 296 All-Stars, 19 Most Valuable

Matijevic has big night at the plate in AFL

@JesseSanchezMLB
September 21, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- If Astros prospect J.J. Matijevic looks comfortable playing under the bright lights and hot sun in Arizona, it’s because he is. The former University of Arizona star is off to a strong start in Arizona Fall League play and on Friday, his hot bat led to a

Pipeline names Astros Prospects of the Year

@brianmctaggart
September 19, 2019

HOUSTON -- Neither infielder Abraham Toro nor right-handed pitcher Cristian Javier were considered to be among the elite Astros prospects to begin the season, but their 2019 performances -- coupled with injuries at the big league level and other prospects being dealt away in trades -- opened the door for

Urquidy impresses in 10-K outing for Astros

Hinch sticks with plan of holding prospect to 5 innings in spot start
@brianmctaggart
September 12, 2019

HOUSTON -- Has rookie right-hander Jose Urquidy put himself on the map for a possible spot in the Astros' postseason bullpen? Considering the struggles of some of Houston's other relief pitchers, Urquidy's crisp outing Wednesday might force him into the conversation. Urquidy, pitching for the first time since throwing four

James' activation only roster move -- for now

September 1, 2019

TORONTO -- The calendar has flipped to September, which means rosters around the Majors are expanding beyond the 25-player limit. Astros manager AJ Hinch said the team’s September call-ups will come in waves -- but the first wave hasn’t hit just yet. “We’ll have a couple guys tomorrow [in Milwaukee],

Toro's 1st HR Astros' last gasp as streak ends

Prospect's milestone comes at end of hard-fought loss vs. Rays
@brianmctaggart
August 29, 2019

HOUSTON -- Astros rookie infielder Abraham Toro will return home to Canada with a souvenir. Toro, who was called up from Triple-A Round Rock a week ago, slugged his first career homer in the ninth inning of the Astros’ 9-8 loss to the Rays on Thursday afternoon at Minute Maid

Family, friends await Astros prospect in Canada

Toro among storylines as club heads north of border to face Jays
@brianmctaggart
August 29, 2019

HOUSTON – This weekend’s series against the Blue Jays will be a homecoming of sorts for Astros rookie infielder Abraham Toro, who was born in a suburb of Montreal. His parents moved to Canada from Venezuela shortly before he was born. He can speak French, Spanish and English. Toro, who

Toro makes MLB debut; Correa targets return

Club's No. 6 prospect provides infield depth with veterans out
@brianmctaggart
August 23, 2019

HOUSTON -- Speaking to the media for the first time since he left the Astros’ game Monday with a stiff lower back, shortstop Carlos Correa said Thursday he believes he’ll be back on the field within the next couple of weeks and be a driving force in Houston’s quest for

Armenteros to be recalled for Saturday start

Cole, Peacock nearing returns to mound for Astros
@brianmctaggart
August 16, 2019

OAKLAND -- Rookie right-hander Rogelio Armenteros will be called up from Triple-A Round Rock to start Saturday’s game against the A’s at the Coliseum, Astros manager AJ Hinch said Friday. Armenteros will fill the spot in the rotation that became vacant when Monday’s game against the White Sox was rained

Alvarez passes Pujols with rookie RBI milestone

Phenom drives in 35th run in 30th game as Astros win sixth straight
@brianmctaggart
July 23, 2019

HOUSTON -- Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez got some advice from Albert Pujols of the Angels when he reached first base last week. The future Hall of Famer had clearly been paying attention to what Alvarez had been doing early in his career and told the rookie to keep working

Armenteros to get another turn in rotation

@SarahWexler32
July 17, 2019

ANAHEIM -- It’s mostly a matter of circumstance, but Rogelio Armenteros will get another turn in the Astros’ rotation against the Rangers this weekend. It’s not that Armenteros wasn’t effective in the first appearance of his second Major League stint, as he allowed just one unearned run in four innings

Armenteros rejoins rotation-strapped Astros

@SarahWexler32
July 17, 2019

ANAHEIM -- The Astros recalled right-hander Rogelio Armenteros from Triple-A Round Rock to pitch in Tuesday’s game at Angel Stadium. Armenteros worked four innings, holding the Angels to one unearned run on two hits and a walk in four innings with three strikeouts in a 7-2 Astros loss. Armenteros threw

Prospect Corbin Martin undergoes TJ surgery

July 5, 2019

HOUSTON -- Corbin Martin is in for a long recovery following Wednesday’s successful Tommy John surgery and could be out for a majority of the 2020 season as well. The right-hander, ranked as Houston's No. 4 prospect, made five Major League starts this season before being sent to Triple-A Round

Astros sign No. 14 int’l prospect Lorenzo

Dominican SS leads 13-player haul to start international signing period
@brianmctaggart
July 2, 2019

DENVER -- The Astros agreed to terms Tuesday with 13 international prospects, including shortstop Dauri Lorenzo, No. 14 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 International Prospects list, for $1.8 million, MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reported. The Astros, who didn’t announce signing bonuses, came to terms with nine players from the Dominican Republic,

Righty Urquidy coming up to debut for Astros

@brianmctaggart
July 1, 2019

HOUSTON -- A flurry of injuries and some underperformances among their pitchers is forcing the Astros to turn to right-handed prospect Jose Urquidy -- the team’s 29th-ranked prospect by MLB Pipeline -- to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Rockies at Coors Field. It will be his Major League debut.

Bukauskas to pitch in Futures Game

Astros' No. 5 prospect will be club's lone representative
@brianmctaggart
June 29, 2019

HOUSTON -- Astros pitching prospect J.B. Bukauskas will be the club’s lone representative at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which this year will feature the American League vs. the National League. The game will take place at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday, July 7, at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Bukauskas,

Alvarez day to day with left knee discomfort

@brianmctaggart
June 27, 2019

HOUSTON -- Rookie slugger Yordan Alvarez is expected to miss a game or two after leaving Thursday’s 10-0 loss to the Pirates after three innings with what the team called left knee discomfort. Alvarez fouled a ball off that knee Tuesday and then felt something while stopping to catch a

Alvarez on record pace with 7 HRs, 16 RBIs

Astros' phenom is first to reach those totals through 12 MLB games
@feinsand
June 23, 2019

NEW YORK -- Watching Yordan Alvarez hit, it's difficult to believe he's a rookie with only two weeks of big league experience under his belt. The Astros' 21-year-old slugger continued to impress Sunday, drilling a two-run home run against lefty J.A. Happ, the knockout punch that ended the Yankees starter's

Alvarez's blast unable to lift 'snakebitten' Astros

Reddick also homers as Houston drops 7th straight game
@feinsand
June 23, 2019

NEW YORK -- When Yordan Alvarez's ball sailed over the wall in right-center field to give the Astros their first lead of the weekend, things were beginning to feel different in Houston's dugout. Josh Reddick had delivered a big swing in the sixth to tie the game, and even after

Here are future All-Stars from the AL West

@alysonfooter
June 20, 2019

We're pretty close to finding out who this year's All-Stars will be, and while there may be some surprise elections and selections revealed, it's not that difficult to figure out which worthy candidates are most likely to hear their names called. But what about next year's All-Stars? Predicting that may

Astros sign first-round Draft pick Korey Lee

@brianmctaggart
June 13, 2019

HOUSTON -- When the Astros asked first-round pick Korey Lee whether he wanted to take batting practice with the big leaguers Wednesday afternoon, he said yes without hesitation. The Astros hope it’s only a matter of time before he’s doing it on a regular basis at Minute Maid Park. Lee,

MiLB HR leader Alvarez homers in MLB debut

Astros' No. 3 prospect goes deep in 2nd AB; quintet of arms blanks O's
@brianmctaggart
June 9, 2019

HOUSTON -- It didn’t take long for Yordan Alvarez to make his mark in the big leagues. Alvarez, the team’s No. 3 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, who was called up prior to Sunday’s game, hit an impressive two-run homer in his second Major League at-bat in the fourth inning

What to expect from Astros' Alvarez in bigs

@JimCallisMLB
June 9, 2019

The Astros pulled off what could prove to be one of the most one-sided trades of all time on July 31, 2016. They sent Josh Fields to the Dodgers in exchange for a player who had just signed out of Cuba and had yet to make his pro debut. Fields