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Updated: 2016-12-08T12:45:57-06:00


Astros select two minor league players in Rule 5 Draft



Houston selects catcher, right-handed pitcher in the Triple-A phase of Rule 5 Draft.

The Houston Astros were ineligible to select a player in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft. But they were free to make selections in the minor league phase.

The Astros selected catcher Eduardo De Oleo from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round and right-handed pitcher Jared Mortenson from the Tampa Bay Rays in the second in the Triple-A phase.

Now all we have to wait for is Beltran coming out of the dugout in Astros colors again in April.

Starting Nine: Astros 2017 Lineup


TCB staff discusses positioning and lineups for the 2017 Astros I’m not sure about you, but all of these early off-season acquisitions have me a little anxious for the 2017 season to begin. Can we just skip ahead to April 3rd or have we STILL not figured out time travel? Actually, I like Christmas. But once Christmas is over, let’s skip ahead to April. With the all the roster changes, it’s anybody’s guess what the lineup will look like in 2017. So I asked the TCB writers to weigh in on how how they would assemble a lineup versus RHP and LHP in 2017. With multiple options at a few positions, there was bound to be some disagreement. There was one thing all the writers agreed on though: whatever lineup Hinch goes with, it will be the most potent lineup Astros fans have seen in a long time. With the additions of Nori Aoki, Brian McCann, Josh Reddick, and Carlos Beltran, Hinch has plenty of options for positioning and lineup in 2017. If you were Hinch, what would your typical lineup look like against RHP and LHP? Irish Pete: Using 2016 wRC+ to help visualize this a little bit. Gurriel and Bregman are both working on pretty small sample sizes vs LHP, so it's reasonable to suspect that those two will see better production there. I went ahead and started Tyler White with the big club to give them another hitter against LHP. I could easily see AJ Reed up in his spot according to how spring training goes. However, I believe the Astros would rather have Tyler White be a part time player and let AJ Reed get plenty of work down in Triple A. Those lineups are a far cry from where this team was last year, especially after the Valbuena injury. CRPerry13: This is a difficult topic, below the surface. Last season, the Astros used 143 different lineup combinations. If that isn't most in the major leagues, it must be darn close. The platonic ideal of an everyday lineup is no more than a construction of the deluded fan's mind. So of course, I can't resist participating, if only to feed the myth! Note, this isn't what I think the Astros will actually do, but what I would do, or at least try. Actually, I just want to be different. vs RHP: CF: Springer (R) RF: Reddick (L) 2B: Altuve (R) SS: Correa (R) DH: Beltran (S) 3B: Bregman (R) C: McCann (L) 1B: Gurriel (R) LF: Aoki (L) There are several things I like about this lineup. Reddick crushes RHP. His average exit velocity against righties is well into the mid-90's (see ML savant image below), and he has a better launch angle. I want that in the 2-hole where it can do the most damage. I like switch-hitting Beltran hitting fifth behind Correa and ahead of Bregman to give pitchers different looks, and likewise I prefer the lefty McCann to hit 7th, since he has been historically better against Right-Handers. Aoki is a natural table setter at the bottom of the lineup. vs LHP: CF: Springer (R) 3B: Bregman (R) 2B: Altuve (R) SS: Correa (R) RF: Beltran (S) 1B: Gurriel (R) C: Gattis (R) DH: McCann (L) LF: Aoki I don't love this lineup quite as much, but it still has the potential to be devastating. I think Bregman is the ideal 2-hole hitter in either lineup, but particularly against lefties. Playing Beltran in RF isn't ideal, but he did play almost 70 games there last season. I don't believe (as some pundits speculate) that he was signed to be a DH-only player. And this lineup gets Reddick's anemic bat out of the lineup when facing lefties. The LHP lineup depends a lot on the pitcher on the mound. With a fly ball pitcher like Fiers, I would opt for Marisnick in Center and Springer in RF, moving Beltran to DH instead of McCann. But with a groundballer on the mound like Keuchel or Morton, I prefer to have McCann's stick at the plate than Marisnick's. HOF4BGO: I agree with Seth's lineups for the most part, but would make a couple changes. I like the idea of always having the same hitters in the same order at 1-4 in the lineup. I don't have any fancy sabermetric stats to back this up, but I think players like knowing where they [...]

Houston Astros News: December 7, 2016



Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

Astros News

Astros plan for Chris Devenski to begin spring training as a starter - Houston Chronicle
The Astros plan to stretch out Chris Devenski as a starter in spring training before deciding whether to include him in their rotation or utilize him in relief.

Chris Sale trade shows why price of pitching likely prohibitive for Astros - Houston Chronicle
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - This is the price of elite starting pitching on the trade market: a 21-year-old infielder who is arguably the best prospect in baseball, a 20-year-old starter who reportedly has hit 105 mph on a radar gun, and two lower-level but well-regarded minor leaguers.

Astros' Michael Feliz 'more than likely' to stay in bullpen in 2017 - Houston Chronicle
Michael Feliz "more than likely" will be utilized out of the bullpen next season, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said on Tuesday, setting the stage for the Dominican righthander to occupy a role similar to what he did in 2016.

MLB News

Chris Sale traded to Red Sox for Yoan Moncada, 3 other prospects -
The southpaw stud will be swapping out his ‘sox.’

The Red Sox traded for Chris Sale, and they’re going to be ridiculously loaded for a long time -
The Sale trade doesn’t mean that they’ve won the 2017 World Series, but they’re building a juggernaut in Boston.

A quick look at Moncada, Kopech, Basabe, and Diaz - South Side Sox
White Sox get the top prospect in baseball and a whole lot more.