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Toro makes MLB debut; Correa targets return

Club's No. 6 prospect provides infield depth with veterans out
@brianmctaggart
12:47 AM CDT

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

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