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2014 Houston Astros Team Preview

The future of the Astros, Carlos Correa.
The future of the Astros, Carlos Correa.

Giving us a helping hand with the 2014 Astros Team Preview is Mike Hllywa. You might recognize Mike’s name from his work at Gammons Daily, Halo Hangout, or Off Base Percentage. He’s also been a guest host on The Baseball Show Podcast. You can follow him on twitter here.

I know what you are thinking, this post is about the Astros, so let’s get to the jokes already, right? Sadly, there will not be that many jokes at the expense of the Astros here thanks to a contract that my buddy MJ made me sign this past winter. Yes, the contract was written out on a cocktail napkin. Yes, I did sign said contract in mustard. No, I will not tell you how much alcohol was consumed. Yes, I should have a lawyer on standby so I stop doing stupid stuff like that. Don’t worry, MJ, if your buddy, Kevin Goldstein, gets upset, it won’t be because of this article.

Interestingly enough, however, the joke may be on all of us in a couple of years. Why is that, you say? That is because the future is bright in south-eastern Texas. Now, pipe down, no questions until the very end.

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Must-Click Link: Mike Rosenbaum’s Top 100 Prospect List

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Our buddy Mike Rosenbaum (lead writer at Bleacher Report’s Prospect Pipeline) is our resident prospect guru. There’s nothing we love more than a good young ballplayer without the wear and tear of years in the bigs.

When we have a question about a prospect we know little about, we often defer to Mike via text. He replies back with some good scout-speak, and just like that we know more about Mark Appel’s second pitch or Phillip Ervin’s estimated arrival time.

Mike’s Top 100 Prospects List is live over at Bleacher Report, and if you’re into baseball prospects you need to check it out.

Mike goes incredibly in-depth with snippets about each of the top 100 prospects in the game entering 2014. Here is a rundown of his top ten:

10. Noah Syndergaard, RHP, New York Mets
9. Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners
8. Addison Russell, SS, Oakland Athletics
7. Archie Bradley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
6. Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs
5. Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians
4. Oscar Taveras, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
3. Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros
2. Xander Bogaerts, SS/3B, Boston Red Sox
1. Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins

Robert Stephenson checks in at 21 overall and Phillip Ervin at 91 respectively for you Reds fans perusing the list. Billy Hamilton is 36th overall. That might be generous until we see Hamilton hit.

Personal thoughts are that I love Correa’s ranking on this list. This is as high as I’ve seen Correa after checking several spots on the net (he’s 8th on MLB.com’s list, 7th on Baseball America, and 9th on Fangraphs). We are really excited about Correa’s future in the game and feel this is a good ranking for him.

If you want to learn who the stars of tomorrow are going to be in this great game, you need to check out Mike’s list and take some notes, even if the notes are mentally.

2013 Houston Astros Team Preview

The Houston Astro embark on a new journey in the AL.  Many years ago (not that many, but more than some) the Milwaukee Brewers left the AL Central and ventured into the NL Central giving the NL 16 teams to the AL’s 14.  In order to rectify this great inequity, the Astros are being moved to the AL.  It’s not too tragic.  They were an expansion team, have never won the World Series for the NL, and will get a great regional rival with Texas.  Unfortunately, the rivalry won’t be much to speak of for the next few season.  While the Rangers have plenty of talent, the Astros are trying desperately to acquire it.  They have a minuscule payroll and their highest paid player makes $3M.  Felix Hernandez now makes $25M.

Let’s take a closer look at the Astros.

Major Off-Season Moves:

  • Cut salary.
  • Cut salary.
  • Cut salary.
  • Signed SP Erik Bedard.
  • Signed 1B Carlos Pena.
  • Acquired OF/DH Chris Carter from Oakland.

The Astros traded away what they could to acquire prospects.  It’s tough to evaluate an off season like this except that it was necessary.  The Astros have been going down hill for several years and it’s time to flip the switch.  They had nothing at the major league level that they could build around.  Carter is a good pickup but Pena and Bedard are stopgaps until they can get some newer players there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now on to who is going to take the field this year.

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