ASTROS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Astros' 3 HRs can't erase Fister's rough start

CC Sabathia won for the first time in more than a month by holding the Astros to two runs -- on solo homers by Marwin Gonzalez and Evan Gattis -- in seven innings to lead the Yankees to their eighth win in 10 games, 6-3, on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.
Via Astros.com
33 minutes ago

Valbuena exits with right hamstring strain

Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena left Tuesday night's game against the Yankees with a right hamstring strain. Valbuena is day to day, the team announced.
Via Astros.com
2 hours ago

Astros prospects Ramon Laureano, Garrett Stubbs earn promotions

Adelanto, Calif. — It can be difficult to evaluate hitters in the Cal League thanks to extreme, skewed ballpark environments in their favor—and doubly so for hitters specifically with the Lancaster JetHawks, the Houston Astros’ High-A affiliate in the league. Their home ballpark, The Hangar, is arguably the second-most extreme hitters’ park in full-season pro ball, […...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 hours ago

Astros: More International Rumors

The international market has been kind to the Astros this year. Per a report from MLB Pipeline, the Astros are reportedly interested in Cuban third baseman Yanio Perez. This feels like the same song, second chorus, right? Of course, this rumor comes on the heels of the Astros signing fellow Cuban infielders Yulieski Gurriel and […] Astros: More International Rumors - Climbing Tal...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
5 hours ago

Astros have created options with influx of talented pieces

It’s not possible to have too many good players, as time has shown over and over again. The Astros, however, might need to do a little bit of jigsaw fiddling to make sure everyone fits into place. Before last Monday, their major league roster may not have looked particularly exciting, but it was strong enough […] The post Astros have created options with influx of talented pieces...
Via Today's Knuckleball
6 hours ago

Astros rookie's dad had the best reaction to his son's standing ovation

The Houston Astros are loaded with young talent. From Carlos Correa to George Springer to Lance McCullers, they're stacked up and down the lineup and starting rotation. On Monday, they added another young stud to the mix in 2015 No. 2 overall pick Alex Bregman.The former LSU Tiger made his debut at third base against the New York Yankees, and he was welcomed by Astros fans with an...
Via FOX Sports
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros’ Fans, Don’t forget about Teoscar Hernandez!

The wait is finally over, Astros fans! Alex Bregman has officially been called up to join the Astros in Houston for the series against the Yankees. Bregman’s journey through the minors was just a calendar year, but man did he leave his mark. Preceding his call to the show, Bregman hit an accumulated .306 between […] Astros’ Fans, Don’t forget about Teoscar Hernandez! - Climbing...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
10 hours ago

Astros’ Hooks Hope to Use Extra Inning Theatrics to Spur Winning Streak

Saturday night might prove to be the catalyst the Astros’ Corpus Christi Hooks need to get back on the right foot and climb out of a five-game deficit in the South division. Ready for first pitch in Midland pic.twitter.com/Z5rGdnUYBq — Corpus Christi Hooks (@cchooks) July 19, 2016 Down by a run to the Frisco Roughriders in […] Astros’ Hooks Hope to Use Extra Inning Theatrics...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
12 hours ago

Keuchel's tough-luck stretch continues vs. NY

Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel continues to perform like he did for all of last season, when he won the American League Cy Young award. The only thing missing was a win over the Yankees, a team he's dominated in his career.
Via Astros.com
23 hours ago

Astros prospect Bregman gets call to majors year out of LSU

HOUSTON (AP) It was just over a year ago that Alex Bregman finished his career at LSU. Now, he's a major leaguer. Bregman made his big league debut for the Astros on Monday night against the New York Yankees after flying through the minors. He was drafted No. 2 overall in the 2015 draft and is considered one of the top prospects in baseball by many. ''It's been a fun last year...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros give $1.5M deal with Cuban shortstop Anibal Sierra

HOUSTON (AP) Cuban shortstop Anibal Sierra will receive a $1.5 million signing bonus as part of his minor league contract with the Houston Astros. The 22-year-old played for Avispas de Santiago from 2012-14 in Cuba. He appeared in 91 games, playing 47 games at second base and 26 games at shortstop. ''Anibal is an athletic shortstop who can hit and play multiple positions, and...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Astros, Rangers minor leaguers get into brawl

The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers have had a nice little rivalry since the Astros moved over to the American League, and it appears the hate between the two organizations runs through the veins of the minor league system. On Sunday, players and coaches from the Double-A affiliates of the Astros and Rangers threw punches and more during a second-inning bench-clearing brawl. The...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Scouting Astros Call-Up Alex Bregman

At birth, Alex Bregman was touched by the Baseball Gods. He is not very big, not very fast, not especially graceful, and yet he somehow finds a way to do everything you can ask of a baseball player. He turned an unassisted triple play at age four. He was already very clearly the best high-school baseball player in the history of New Mexico before his senior year when a bad hop broke...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Baseball's top prospect called up to majors by Astros

On Sunday, the Astros called up top prospect Alex Bregman to the big leagues. The 22-year-old Bregman is expected to make his major league debut on Monday in Houston against the New York Yankees. The only question left to answer is where exactly he will be playing defensively. Though primarily a shortstop, Bregman has the ability to play multiple infield positions. Each spot on...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Altuve's 2 homers, 6 RBIs lead Astros over Angels 13-3

HOUSTON (AP) Jose Altuve hit two of Houston's season-high five homers and had a career-high six RBIs to lead the Houston Astros to a 13-3 win on Sunday for a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. Luis Valbuena, Preston Tucker and Evan Gattis also homered for the Astros, who extended their winning streak against the Angels to 11 games. There were runners at first and second...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Prince Fielder could be done for the season

The Texas Rangers were dealt bad news on Wednesday. Prince Fielder’s 2016 season may be over. Prince Fielder has another neck herniation....may be done for the season....know more after Friday exam — TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) July 20, 2016 Any time neck injuries enter into the equation, the news in very bad. In the case of Fielder, it’s even worse. He missed nearly...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Correa Looks Historically Great

Carlos Correa placed second last week on the trade-value list that Dave Cameron puts together every season. That placement seemed to surprise some, given that Correa is having a very good, but not great season. Correa’s 120 wRC+ is hardly spectacular, even if that number increases to 150 if you start with the latter part of May. He has improved over the last few months, but even...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros announcer is mesmerized by… sideline reporter’s blue eyes?

During a normal regular season matchup between the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics, something definitely abnormal happened on the Astros telecast. In-game reporter Julia Morales of Root Sports filed a piece during the bottom of the 8th inning. The response from the Astros broadcast booth and play by play announcer Alan Ashby was to comment on how enchanted he was with Morales’...
Via Awful Announcing
7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ryan Blakney gives overly enthusiastic strike two call

It’s not uncommon to see a Major League Baseball umpire with an emphatic motion to signal strike three. Some have their own signature moves. On Sunday, Ryan Blakney gave an overly enthusiastic call for a strike that wasn’t the third one. With a two ball, one strike count during the top of the fifth inning of a game between the Astros and Mariners, Mike Montgomery delivered a...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Yulieski Gurriel and Houston’s Rotation

He is 32 years old. He will always be a Cuban legend. His name is Yulieski Gurriel, and for the next five years—ideally—he will be a member of the Houston Astros. As for where he will fit, as for his production—well, that remains to be seen. From the age of 17, when Gurriel first stepped foot onto the field for Sancti Spiritus, the Cuban National Series had a star on their...
Via The Sports Post
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Yulieski Gurriel is a Smart Addition for the Houston Astros

The Houston Astros made a splash move by signing cuban talent Yulieski Gurriel to a five-year $47.5 million contract. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has had his eye on Gurriel for over a decade now when he first saw him play in a tournament in Amsterdam. Lunhow is thrilled to finally bring Gurriel to the Astros after having the dream of this for so long. “To be able to...
Via The Sports Journal
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Astros phenom Carlos Correa blaze around the bases and score from 2B on a wild pitch

Still need proof that Carlos Correa is among the game's brightest young stars?The Houston Astros' shortstop is in just his second major-league season, but he has the instincts of a veteran. His speed doesn't hurt, either, as he showed in the 7-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.Correa was on second base when Mariners lefty James Paxton uncorked a wild pitch -- one of...
Via FOX Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros inks Cuban star for 5-year, $47.5 million

The Yulieski Gourriel sweepstakes has a winner. The Houston Astros reached an agreement with the Cuban infielder on a sizable 5-year, $47.5 million deal Friday afternoon. Source: INF Yulieski Gurriel agrees to 5-year, $47.5 million deal with #Astros #Cuba More on https://t.co/mkcBseoZWQ pic.twitter.com/6uj12AgGGL — Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) July 15, 2016 Gourriel...
Via The Comeback
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Resurgence of Ken Giles

There’s a maddening midseason tradition of realizing April performances have subconsciously impacted our perceptions of players in foolish ways. No matter how many times we tell ourselves that the baseball season is long and small sample sizes are fickle tricksters, we inevitably look up in July to find out that a player written off for dead in April is actually doing quite well...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Former MLB pitcher accuses Altuve of PED use

Rob Dibble is skeptical of Jose Altuve. During Tuesday’s All-Star game, the former pitcher took to Twitter to say that he doesn’t believe Altuve’s power numbers are entirely clean. Yea Altuve was hitting 5 or 7 HRs a year, now he has 14 in 89 games? So No PEDs and No Juiced Balls...Please — Rob Dibble (@robdibble49) July 13, 2016 When a fan accused Dibble of juicing...
Via Sportsnaut
12 days ago  |  Discuss
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