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Report: Astros players irked by special treatment of prospect

Top Houston Astros prospect Mark Appel has been fast tracked in the minors since being selected No. 1 overall in the 2013 MLB draft. The 24-year-old righty was just promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi despite putting up a 9.74 ERA in high Single-A ball.  That may or may not be the issue that some current Astros have with the way Houston is treating Appel at this point. The youngster...
Via Sportsnaut
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros players resent Mark Appel’s promotion to Double-A

Having a 9.74 ERA in the minor leagues would usually result in a pitcher being released. In Mark Appel’s case, it led to a promotion. And that has members of the Houston Astros peeved. Appel, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, was promoted from High-A Lancaster where he was struggling, […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Update: Collin McHugh, George Springer, Marwin Gonzalez

The Houston Astros have shortstop Marwin Gonzales back in the lineup after he missed Friday with a sore hamstring. They will soon also have starter Collin McHugh back, possibly Sunday. Right fielder George Springer, though, still needs more time to recover from his quad strain. Here are the latest updates on all three players via Houston Chronicle sports writer Jose De Jesus Ortiz...
Via Sports Injury Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel Thanks Heckler For Paying His Salary On Signed Ball (Photo)

Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel had the day off Thursday night from everything but engaging with hecklers. Keuchel took a page out of Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips’ playbook, and sent a chatty fan home with a souvenir. With the Astros taking on the Athletics in Oakland last night, Keuchel had heard enough from one heckler during his team’s 13...
Via NESN.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel zings heckler with ball that reads ‘Thanks for paying my salary’ (pic)

Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel had the last laugh in response to a heckler’s taunts during an off-day as his teammates faced the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on Thursday night. Apparently tired of the heckler but nevertheless engaging him — we’re assuming it was a man, although it could have been a woman (doubtful) […] The post Dallas Keuchel zings heckler with...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Rumors: Houston unlikely to trade Chad Qualls

The Houston Astros lost in a blowout to the Oakland A's yesterday by the score of 13-1. The loss dropped the Astros to 42-60, fourth in the American League West. Although 21 1/2 games behind the A's, the Astros are not looking to be as active being "sellers" as in previous seasons. The Astros have improved since last season, when they won only 51 games. Some moves...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Keuchel sends message to heckler with baseball

Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel had an excellent idea to get the final word in with a heckler during a game against the Athletics in Oakland on Wednesday night. The ball states: "Thanks for helping pay may salary for today - Keuchel, who is becoming a rising star after pitching well for the Astros this season, even got in his shot without rewarding the A's fan with...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros pitcher gives souvenir ball to heckler with funny note

It wasn’t a good day on Thursday for Houston Astros pitching against the Oakland A’s, as they suffered a 13-1 drubbing at the hands of MLB’s best team.  Wednesday wasn’t much better with 9 runs against the struggling Astros arms.   On Wednesday, one Oakland A’s fan was giving it to the tattered remains of the Astros hurlers, in particular #60 Dallas Keuchel.  Keuchel...
Via Reading Between The Seams
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros taking it slow with Fowler's recovery

Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler doesn't appear to be close to returning to action, and it's not a stretch to assume that he won't be available until after the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Fowler, who's been on the disabled list since June 27 with a right intercostal strain, still hasn't swung a bat or picked up a ball, which means he's got a long way...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros reluctant to trade young starters, listening on Qualls, Sipp

If anyone's looking for the Astros to make up for their well-documented misstep at the amateur signing deadline by making a big splash at the trade deadline, well, it's probably not happening. Veteran starter Scott Feldman's $30 million, three-year contract probably precludes him from being seen as a key piece (as he was a key ago), and rival executives say the Astros...
Via Pro Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros’ Failure to Sign No.1 Draft Pick Shows Team Still Hasn’t Turned Corner

The most famous line in the great film, Apollo 13, can also be used to describe the Astros as of late. But Houston doesn’t just have a single problem, they have many. Nine years removed from their lone World Series appearance, this team remains entrenched in its culture of failure. They went from 106 losses in 2011, to 107 in 2012 and ultimately reaching the high (or low) water...
Via The Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Need To Make Up Their Mind

The Houston Astros change uniforms like I change socks.  I started following the team religiously in 1985.  They’ve been through what, seven different unis since then?   Some good, some bad; the infamous “rainbow” jerseys were more costumes than uniforms.  Call me old fashion but it was much too clownish for baseball, a Technicolor assault on the eyes.  Admittedly, I...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros fail to sign number one overall pick

The 5:00 p.m. EDT deadline came and went without a deal, and 17-year-old LHP Brady Aiken, the number one overall pick in the 2014 June amateur draft was not signed by the Houston Astros, meaning he will not be eligible to play professionally this season.  While no official announcement has been made (as of 5:20 p.m. EDT), Jim Callis, Senior Writer for MLB.com, tweeted a “confirmation”...
Via Reading Between The Seams
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros may cost furniture store $4 million on promotion

The Houston Astros may cost a local furniture store $4 million on promotion.
Via Gamedayr
10 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Minor league park engulfed by Mississippi River

The San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates have shaped the identity of their ballpark based on its proximity to water. The Quad City River Bandits think that’s adorable. You see, the single-A affiliate of the Houston Astros play their home games at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa, which just happens to be a stones throw from the Mississippi River. And because of its...
Via Hall of Very Good
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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