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Astros protect 4 prospects from Rule 5 Draft

@kennlandry
November 19, 2021

The Astros added left-handed pitcher Jonathan Bermudez, right-handed pitcher Shawn Dubin and infielders Jeremy Peña and Joe Perez to their 40-man roster, protecting all four prospects from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, general manager James Click announced on Friday. The Rule 5 Draft allows clubs without a full 40-man roster

How the World Series teams were built

@JonathanMayo
October 26, 2021

One team is back in the World Series after a one-year absence, carried there largely by a productive core of homegrown players, with a surprising postseason star coming via a trade few paid attention to at the time. The other team is back in the World Series for the first

Peña hits trio of homers, including walk-off

@Spokes_Murphy
September 22, 2021

Jeremy Peña put together a home run smorgasbord for the Sugar Land Skeeters on Tuesday night. The Astros’ No. 4 prospect collected three homers -- including a walk-off, two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning to defeat the Albuquerque Isotopes, 8-7.

How will the Astros' expanded roster look?

August 28, 2021

ARLINGTON -- The days of lengthy rosters and stuffed clubhouses in September are a thing of the past in baseball. Instead of being able to expand rosters to include every player on the 40-man roster as in years past, the Astros will only be able to add two spots on

Lee, Leon atop new Astros prospect rankings

August 19, 2021

KANSAS CITY -- The Astros have a new top prospect. Korey Lee, a catcher selected with the 32nd overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, has assumed the team’s No. 1 ranking in MLB Pipeline's midseason Top 30 Prospect rankings unveiled on Thursday. Lee, 23, is slashing .288/.359/.464 with 11

Whitaker tops a balanced Day 2 for Astros

July 12, 2021

HOUSTON -- After sitting out the first day of the MLB Draft because they lost their first- and second-round picks as part of the punishment handed down by Major League Baseball last year in the wake of the sign-stealing scandal, the Astros jumped into the fray Monday. The Astros did

'Surprised' Ivey to make MLB debut Friday

May 19, 2021

HOUSTON – Astros pitching prospect Tyler Ivey walked into the clubhouse kitchen at Minute Maid Park last weekend and was greeted by pitching coach Brent Strom, who delivered some information that would leave the young right-hander stunned and bring his family to tears. Strom told Ivey he would be making

AL West Minor Leaguers set for big impact

@kennlandry
May 6, 2021

The American League West is loaded with star power at the big league level, and it’s no different in the Minor Leagues. Each club has a number of top prospects on track to make it to the The Show sooner than later. We take a look at which of those

New Minors parks, team names for '21

At long last, Trash Pandas, Cannon Ballers & more set to make on-field debuts
@BensBiz
May 4, 2021

The Minor League Baseball season begins Tuesday, marking the first time Minor League games have been played since September of 2019. There will be a lot to look forward to come Opening Night, including a robust slate of ballpark, team name and logo debuts. Six Minor League teams are set

Where Astros top prospects are starting '21

@JimCallisMLB
May 4, 2021

With the 2021 season getting started, here's a look at where the Astros' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season:

Astros Minor League Spring Training report

@JimCallisMLB
April 27, 2021

The Astros were excited to sign Cuban outfielder Pedro Leon in January for $4 million, the largest bonus any player received in the 2020-21 international class. They're even more thrilled after seeing him perform in their big league and Minor League camps during Spring Training. Houston's top position prospect, Leon

Fun facts for every Low-A East team

Explore a sprawling league that includes Augusta, Zebulon and plenty in-between
@BensBiz
April 26, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the ninth in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

Fun facts for all 12 High-A East teams

Bruce Springsteen, Mr. Celery and Couch Potatoes populate eclectic circuit
@BensBiz
April 19, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the seventh in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

Solomon gets callup with Taylor (ankle) on IL

'He could be one of those pleasant surprises that you didn’t count on,' Baker says
April 17, 2021

With another reliever headed to the injured list – lefty Blake Taylor sprained his ankle in the eighth inning Friday night -- the Astros recalled right-handed prospect Peter Solomon on Saturday. Solomon, the Astros’ No. 14-ranked prospect by MLB Pipeline, was already in Seattle as part of the Astros’ traveling

Fun facts for all 10 Double-A Central teams

Stan the Man, prairie dogs, possums, burger-inspired ballparks and so much more
@BensBiz
April 5, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the third in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

One fun fact for all 10 Triple-A West teams

Explore a league populated by zombies, rockers, insects and iconic Homers
@BensBiz
April 1, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly-named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the second in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique fact

Abreu making strides: 'It's huge for me'

March 22, 2021

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Astros right-hander Bryan Abreu delivered what manager Dusty Baker said was his best outing of the spring in Monday’s 5-4 win over the Mets at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, a positive step forward in his development. Abreu, who had a disastrous 2020 and saw

Notes: Peña HRs off deGrom; Solomon sharp

March 16, 2021

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Astros prospect Jeremy Peña had yet to check his phone by the time he spoke with reporters following the Astros’ 8-3 loss to the Mets on Tuesday afternoon at Clover Park, but he likely had a slew of messages from friends and family members after

Catching prospect Lee finds mentor in Castro

Veteran takes youngster under his wing, calls him 'intelligent and curious'
March 10, 2021

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Astros’ dearth of catching depth prompted them to select Korey Lee out of the University of California with the 32nd overall pick in the 2019 Draft, marking the first time the club nabbed a catcher in the first round since Stanford’s Jason Castro 11

Forrest Whitley to have Tommy John surgery

March 10, 2021

Astros top pitching prospect Forrest Whitley will undergo Tommy John surgery, manager Dusty Baker announced on Wednesday. Whitley, 23, began experiencing discomfort in his right elbow while throwing live batting practice last week at Astros camp in West Palm Beach, Fla. The No. 41-ranked prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline,

Inbox: What's timeline for top prospects?

March 8, 2021

Despite being diagnosed with a ligament sprain in his right elbow that could have him headed for Tommy John surgery, right-hander Forrest Whitley remained the Astros’ No. 1-ranked prospect by MLB Pipeline. He’s the No. 41 prospect overall and the only Astros player in the Top 100. Much of the

Here are the Astros' 2021 Top 30 prospects

@JimCallisMLB
March 8, 2021

The Astros won the World Series in 2017, nearly won another in 2019 and made their fourth straight American League Championship Series appearance last year -- but also finished with their first losing record in six seasons. Also on the negative side of the ledger, Gerrit Cole and George Springer

Astros' Whitley facing possible TJ surgery

March 7, 2021

Astros top pitching prospect Forrest Whitley has been diagnosed with a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, the club announced on Sunday. Whitley is seeking a second opinion before he finalizes his plans for treatment, but a UCL sprain typically requires Tommy John surgery. Whitley, 23,

Astros monitoring Whitley's sore arm

Greinke feels 'really good' after pitching one inning in spring debut
March 6, 2021

Forrest Whitley, the Astros’ top pitching prospect and the 41st-ranked prospect by MLB Pipeline, is dealing with another setback after developing a sore right arm while throwing a simulated game in the past few days, according to manager Dusty Baker. “He’s ailing a bit,” Baker said Saturday. “He threw the

Leon set to continue Astros' Cuban success 

March 4, 2021

The Astros have a strong recent track record of success with players from Cuba, beginning in 2016 with the signing of veteran infielder Yuli Gurriel, who was a core part of their 2017 championship team, to Yordan Alvarez, the 2019 American League Rookie of the Year whom they acquired in