Houston in the top three among BA’s impact major leaguers in their farm system
The Houston Astros and general manager Jeff Luhnow have built a thriving minor league system over the past five seasons. For the umpteen time, baseball writers have confirmed that fact.
Baseball America ranked the Astros as the No.3 team in their 2017 organization talent rankings list.
The Astros have come a long way after being ranked 26th in 2011 when Luhnow took over but the team has been in the top 10 for the past five seasons.
The editors at Baseball America describes the thought process behind the list is built around how much impact talent is close to the major league while taking into account depth vs. starts. The BA staff talked about the list on their podcast, which can be listened to here.
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Photos from Sunday’s Astros-Braves game.
Here is a look at the action (All on the same page. Looking at your Bleacher Report):
Photos from Saturday’s Astros-Tigers game.
The Houston Astros took the first steps on the road toward the 2017 regular season on Saturday. The scoreboard did not go in the Astros favor. The Tigers won 11-4. But in the end, Spring Training doesn't matter - until it does.
Here is a look at some of the action from the game:
Houston picks up its first win of the Grapefruit League.
Spring Training games rarely if ever, go to extra innings. Sunday’s Astros-Braves game appeared primed to do just that (or end in a tie) until catcher Max Stassi stepped to the plate in the eighth inning.
Stassi smacked a two-run home run the opposite way over the right-center field wall at Champion Stadium — lifting the Astros to a 3-2 win over the Braves.
Astros pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Spring Training camp on Feb. 14, with workouts beginning Feb. 15. Position players report Feb. 17, with workouts beginning Feb. 18.In addition to the Grapefruit League games in Florida, the Astros will play two exhibition games at Minute Maid Park against the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs.
The Astros note in their press release about Spring Training tickets:
Fans can purchase Spring Training season tickets and tickets for suites and party decks for games at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in Florida beginning Nov. 28 at 8 a.m. CT by calling 844-676-2017. Spring Training tickets for individual games in Florida will be available in January.
Carlos Correa makes his first Spring Training start.
It would have been worse, someone could have been ejected in their first Spring Training game. Oh, wait.
It was ugly; it lasted over three hours; none of the stars played, and it wasn't even televised. What has two thumbs and doesn't care about all of that mess, because ASTROS BASEBALL IS FINALLY BACK?!?! This guy (James points to himself). Yes, a lot went wrong in the Astros' first Spring Training Game of the 2017 season, but if you care about spring training scores, I've got a couple bridges I'd like to sell you. More important than any score or stat line in an ST game is, how did the individual players look? Let's assess:
Edison Frias: He looked bad... He looked so bad that we dedicated an entirely separate article to his performance. Best not to relive it here.
Kevin Chapman: Again, it's only the first game of spring training, but if K-Chap wants to be the second lefty out of the bullpen (one of the few roster spots even up for grabs) he's going to have to bring a bit more to the table than 4 hits, 4 runs (2 earned), and 1 walk over two-thirds of an inning.
Alex Presley: Former Astro alert! Mr. Presley was able to turn a deep single during the Chapman inning into a little league home run, thanks to some "adventurous" fielding by Astros' prospect and defensive replacement, Ramon Laureano.
The Astros square off against the Braves tomorrow at 12:05 PM Central. You can listen on the radio or on the MLB At Bat app. The Astros get their first televised ST game on Monday when they face the Mets at 12:10 PM Central (New York feed only). ROOT SPORTS will carry Tuesday's Astros vs. Nats game.