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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

In return to MLB, Perez notches 1st career win

Multiple injured players preparing for rehab assignments
@brianmctaggart
June 7, 2019

HOUSTON -- The Astros called up left-hander Cionel Pérez prior to Friday’s game against the Orioles in search of a fresh arm to help their beleaguered bullpen. Perez delivered a clutch performance by retiring the final nine batters of the game to pick up his first Major League win in

Astros stock up on college talent, RHPs in Draft

@brianmctaggart
June 5, 2019

HOUSTON -- In keeping with trends of recent years, the Astros stocked up on college talent in this year’s MLB Draft by selecting 35 players from the collegiate ranks, including 16 of their first 17 picks, and only five from high school. The Astros selected 18 right-handed pitchers, three left-handed

Astros address catcher depth with Cal backstop

Lee hit 15 home runs in 50 games during junior season
@brianmctaggart
June 3, 2019

HOUSTON – In his only season as the starting catcher at the University of California, Korey Lee burst onto the scene as a junior in 2019 with impressive bat speed and power while flashing an arm that allowed him to lead the nation in throwing out attempted base stealers. The

Youth movement: Astros may opt for prep stars

Houston looking to draft high school players, including righty Goss
@brianmctaggart
June 3, 2019

HOUSTON -- Five years after the Astros' third straight No. 1 overall Draft pick -- and five years after they were unable to sign prep pitcher Brady Aiken -- Houston will have the final pick in the first round tonight, when they select at No. 32 overall. Unlike in recent

Astros top prospect Whitley goes on Minors IL

Righty dealing with shoulder fatigue during trying Triple-A season
@brianmctaggart
May 29, 2019

HOUSTON – After struggling mightily at Triple-A Round Rock, Astros top pitching prospect Forrest Whitley has been placed on the seven-day injured list with shoulder fatigue and will be sent to the team’s facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., to begin a rehab regimen. The 21-year-old right-hander is rated Houston's

Stubbs makes most of MLB debut with Astros

No. 12 prospect doubles in first AB, hits RBI single, catches 5 pitchers
@brianmctaggart
May 29, 2019

HOUSTON – Garrett Stubbs had to wait two days to make his Major League debut after he was called up from Triple-A Round Rock. He looks like he belonged all along. Stubbs, starting at catcher and batting ninth in his first game in the big leagues, went 2-for-4 with a

Astros call up prospect Stubbs; Stassi to IL

@brianmctaggart
May 26, 2019

HOUSTON -- When Mickey Storey, the manager at Triple-A Round Rock, pinch-hit for catcher Garrett Stubbs in the seventh inning on Saturday night in Nashville, Tenn., Stubbs knew immediately what was going on. “I kind of smirked because there’s only one reason you get taken out,” Stubbs said. “He said,

Martin earns win in debut: 'It was a good feeling'

@brianmctaggart
May 12, 2019

HOUSTON -- His heart was pounding through his chest and the nerves were building. Just as Corbin Martin had gathered his emotions while warming up in the Minute Maid Park bullpen prior to his first start, he took the mound in the middle of the field and saw more than

Martin gives mom the ultimate Mother's Day gift

@brianmctaggart
May 12, 2019

HOUSTON -- Corbin Martin may never be able to give his mother a better Mother’s Day present than watching him make his big league debut. Martin’s mother, Barbara Bennett, and his 87-year-old grandmother, Barbara Gay, were on hand to see Martin earn his first career win in the Astros' 15-5

What to expect from Astros' Corbin Martin

@JimCallisMLB
May 12, 2019

The Astros already own a 5 1/2-game lead in the American League West, yet they're looking to get better. Collin McHugh's return to the rotation this year began well but has resulted in 24 earned runs in 18 innings over his last four starts, so Houston seeks an alternative. With

Altuve (hamstring strain) officially placed on IL

All-Star dealing with left hamstring strain; Martin expected to make big league debut
@brianmctaggart
May 12, 2019

HOUSTON -- All-Star second baseman José Altuve was officially placed on the 10-day injured list on Saturday night, a day after leaving in the first inning of a game against the Rangers with what manager AJ Hinch called a slight left hamstring strain. Right-hander Corbin Martin, the Astros' No. 5

Hinch: 26th man for Mexico is on 40-man roster

@brianmctaggart
May 1, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Astros will be able to add a 26th player to their roster for this weekend’s games against the Angels in Monterrey, Mexico. The teams will play on Saturday and Sunday at Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey, home of the Sultanes de Monterrey of the Mexican League. Manager AJ

Luhnow on Alvarez: 'He's not that far away'

Astros GM said Cuban slugger will hopefully debut this summer
@brianmctaggart
April 24, 2019

HOUSTON -- The Astros don’t appear to be close to calling up slugging outfielder Yordan Alvarez, though he’s certainly put himself in position to make his big league debut later this summer. Alvarez became the first player in the Minors to reach 10 homers when he homered Monday and entered

After brief Triple-A stint, Valdez rejoins bullpen

@brianmctaggart
April 21, 2019

HOUSTON -- Left-hander Framber Valdez rejoined the Astros on Sunday after getting called up from Triple-A Round Rock, where he was on what manager AJ Hinch described as a de facto rehab assignment, even though he wasn’t hurt. Lefty Reymin Guduan was optioned to Round Rock. Valdez, who was on

5 AL West prospects to watch early in 2019

@RhettBollinger
April 11, 2019

The Minor League baseball season is under way and now is the time to start monitoring prospects, as many could have an impact this season in the American League West. Of MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospects, 17 are with organizations in the division, but even those not ranked among the

Astros No. 3 prospect Alvarez belts 3 home runs

@MannyOnMLB
April 6, 2019

Astros No. 3 prospect Yordan Alvarez, the No. 43 prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline, had a huge game at the plate for Triple-A Round Rock in the Express' 7-5 win over New Orleans in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. • Gameday | Astros prospect stats

Astros liken Abreu curve to that of McCullers

@JimCallisMLB
March 18, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Astros are loaded with pitching prospects. Forrest Whitley ranks as the best in baseball, and Josh James, Corbin Martin and J.B. Bukauskas join him as MLB Pipeline Top 100 Prospects who will be ready to contribute in Houston at some point in 2019. Right-hander

Astros' success in MLB, on farm is unmatched

@JimCallisMLB
March 18, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Astros are succeeding at the Major League and Minor League levels more than any organization. They not only won the 2017 World Series and rank third with 374 victories in the last four seasons, but they also have one of the game's stronger farm

Top prospect Whitley among Astros' spring cuts

@alysonfooter
March 12, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Astros made a third round of roster cuts on Tuesday that included most of the club's top pitching prospects, including right-handers Forrest Whitley, Corbin Martin and J.B. Bukauskas, and top outfield prospect Kyle Tucker. Seven players were sent to Minor League camp. The two

Verlander, Whitley use spring debut as prep

Veteran refines changeup, prospect uses fastball as out pitch
@alysonfooter
February 25, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Justin Verlander has been through more than a dozen Spring Trainings, but this time of year is not exactly a mundane one for the ace right-hander. Verlander sets goals for himself each time he starts, even during Grapefruit League games that serve only one purpose

Hinch wants to challenge pitching prospects

Young arms will enter early in spring to face big league hitters
@alysonfooter
February 24, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- When asked about what he wants to see from the plethora of young prospects this spring, Astros manager AJ Hinch recently said that in addition to helping them learn something while in big league camp, he wants to "make them uncomfortable." Hinch isn't hoping the

Whitley, Tucker lead 6 Astros on Prospects list

January 26, 2019

HOUSTON -- The Astros' ascent to being considered Major League Baseball royalty, culminating with the 2017 World Series championship and including a club-record 103 wins last year, hasn't stopped them from having one of the game's top farm systems.As the Astros prepare to head to Spring Training next month with