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Whitley's new strategy: Less work, more weight

February 16, 2020

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – It’s not often you see players report to Spring Training enthusiastic about gaining 40 pounds from where they were a couple of years earlier. Tired of running out of gas midseason, Astros pitching prospect Forrest Whitley came to camp packing 230 pounds on his 6-foot-7

Houston may have found its next Cuban star

February 10, 2020

The Astros might have discovered their next Cuban star. The club is the front-runner to sign Cuban outfielder Pedro Manuel Leon, 21, to a deal that is expected to be in the $4 million range, according to industry sources. Leon, who defected from Cuba in 2019, was declared a free

Examining impact of Houston’s lost Draft picks

January 13, 2020

Major League Baseball doled out the penalties for the Houston Astros on Monday as a result of the team’s illegal sign-stealing. Some of them will be felt immediately, like the suspension of manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, which led to their dismissal by the organization. But the

This is the state of the Astros' farm system

November 22, 2019

The Astros have gone all-in to win during the last three seasons, and it's impossible to argue with the results. They won their first World Series championship, two pennants and an MLB-best 311 games, becoming the sixth team to post 100 or more victories in three consecutive years. Houston's farm

Astros add 4 prospects to 40-man roster

Arauz, Dawson left unprotected ahead of Rule 5 Draft
November 20, 2019

HOUSTON -- The Astros added four players to their 40-man roster on Wednesday, several hours ahead of the 7 p.m. CT deadline to protect players from exposure to the Rule 5 Draft. Right-handed pitchers Cristian Javier, Enoli Paredes and Nivaldo Rodriguez as well as infielder Taylor Jones join the roster,

Whitley finishes AFL with 2.88 ERA

October 25, 2019

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
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

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

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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

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
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,’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

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
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

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
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