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Gonzalez working to strengthen his righty bat Sunday, 25 February 2018, 7:10 pm

A versatile player who can play as many as six positions, switch hitter Marwin Gonzalez is working this spring to become a more proficient hitter from the right side of the plate.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

Prospect Tucker clubs 3-run HR in first start Sunday, 25 February 2018, 5:55 pm

Making his first start of the spring, Astros outfield prospect Kyle Tucker clubbed a three-run home run off Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas in the first inning of Sunday's Grapefruit League game at Roger Dean Stadium.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

Astros pitching prospects combine to excel Sunday, 25 February 2018, 1:12 am

Shohei Ohtani covered the headlines on Saturday, but the No. 1 overall prospect wasn't the only one to impress on the second full day of Spring Training.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Deesha Thosar

McHugh fans five in crisp spring debut Saturday, 24 February 2018, 10:51 pm

Considering Collin McHugh didn't make a Spring Training start last year until late March, his crisp performance in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Braves in his Grapefruit League debut was full of encouragement.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

Kemp keeps positive attitude in battle for roster Saturday, 24 February 2018, 9:17 pm

Tony Kemp got married in Jamaica in the offseason and purchased his first house in Nashville, Tenn. He watched Game 7 of the World Series nervously from his in-laws' house, cheering for his teammates and refusing to draw an easy breath until the final out was made.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

Armenteros brings heat in spring opener Friday, 23 February 2018, 8:09 pm

His reputation of being a strikeout machine showed early for Astros prospect Rogelio Armenteros when he struck out the first two batters he faced in Friday's 3-2 win over the Nationals in the Grapefruit League opener at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

Glove Day brings new leather for Astros Friday, 23 February 2018, 7:24 pm

One of the few chances a baseball player gets to express himself on the field is with his glove, which is why so many players can't wait for Wilson Sporting Goods -- the official glove of Major League Baseball -- to come through camp.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

Astros welcome Douglas HS coach, sons Friday, 23 February 2018, 5:44 pm

There may never be a return to true normalcy for the students and faculty at Stoneman Douglas High School. Not after the tragedy that struck the school in nearby Parkland, Fla., last week, when 17 people were killed in a horrific shooting.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

Despite graduations, trades, Top 30 strong Friday, 23 February 2018, 3:51 pm

Despite recent graduations and trade departures, the Astros' farm system remains in good shape.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Jim Callis

Astros have quartet of dark-horse candidates Thursday, 22 February 2018, 2:56 pm

As the games get underway, let's take a look a few dark-horse candidates to make the team's 25-man roster, which is all but set barring injuries:

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

Astros, Nats announce new name for ST park Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 11:47 pm

The Nationals and Astros unveiled their new Spring Training facility a year ago. Now, on the eve of its second season, the two clubs are announcing a new naming rights partner, unveiling the new name and logo for the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Wednesday afternoon.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Jamal Collier

Starter at 1B, Gurriel will play all over diamond Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 5:03 pm

He made a name for himself as an international superstar while playing third base for the Cuban national team, and this season, Yuli Gurriel will get a chance to return more frequently to the left side of the diamond.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

Prospect Whitley suspended for 50 games Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 4:52 pm

Astros right-handed Minor League pitcher Forrest Whitley, the No. 9-ranked prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline, has been suspended for 50 games without pay by the Commissioner's Office for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

Opportunity for Reed to earn roster spot Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 6:51 pm

The Astros still have confidence in first base prospect A.J. Reed, and the club's second round pick in the 2014 Draft remains a viable piece of the 2018 puzzle. Another left-handed bat with power is what Reed hopes to provide for the Astros this season.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Glenn Sattell

Back from thumb injury, Marisnick raring to go Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 5:42 pm

After posting career highs during the regular season, then being relegated to watching from the sidelines with a fractured thumb as Houston won the World Series, center fielder Jake Marisnick might be the most anxious of all Astros to begin Spring Training.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Glenn Sattell

Bregman's new regimen: No dad-bod diet Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 3:31 am

It's all about what you eat.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Adrian Garro

Altuve striving for perfection after MVP, WS Monday, 19 February 2018, 9:39 pm

One by one, Jose Altuve's teammates were asked about his impact on the Astros, prompting glowing responses from every corner of the clubhouse. It's easy to measure Altuve's influence by looking at his gaudy numbers, but his importance is better defined by what his peers think about him.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

Luhnow: 'I really like the group we have here' Monday, 19 February 2018, 6:19 pm

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow on Monday said he doesn't anticipate his team adding players, despite several top free agents still without jobs. He said bluntly that he doesn't think the Astros need anybody else right now. Most of the club's key pieces from its World Series club returned, and the team added pitchers Gerrit Cole, Joe Smith and Hector Rondon in the offseason.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

MLB announces pace of play initiatives for '18 Monday, 19 February 2018, 5:41 pm

Major League Baseball will implement new pace of play rules for the 2018 season, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday, but there will be no pitch clock this season.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | David Adler

When Verlander speaks, Astros hurlers listen Sunday, 18 February 2018, 5:34 pm

In his first Spring Training with the Astros, pitcher Justin Verlander has been spreading tons of knowledge. He was spotted Saturday getting hands-on with pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. during his bullpen session, and on Sunday, he was at his locker talking pitching with Dallas Keuchel and Gerrit Cole.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

New year, new outlook for Houston's Giles Sunday, 18 February 2018, 4:43 pm

When the final out of the World Series was recorded last year, it was starter-turned-reliever Charlie Morton -- and not closer Ken Giles -- who was getting the final out and being mobbed by his Astros teammates in the middle of the diamond.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

Hinch: Cole only needs 'tweaks,' not overhaul Saturday, 17 February 2018, 8:45 pm

Gerrit Cole has impressive credentials, which is why the Astros traded for right-hander in January. A former first-round pick, Cole won 19 games in 2015 and can throw in the upper 90s with his fastball.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

Svelte Martes impressing with velocity, focus Saturday, 17 February 2018, 5:46 pm

Francis Martes has stood out in the early days of Astros camp for how hard he's throwing the ball, but that isn't the only thing manager A.J. Hinch noticed about him. The right-hander shred a few pounds in the offseason, and he's focusing on slowing down his delivery.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

Sharon Robinson inspires with father's legacy Friday, 16 February 2018, 11:29 pm

It would be impossible to accurately count the number of young people Sharon Robinson has personally encountered during her two-plus decades as an educational programming consultant for Major League Baseball.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Alyson Footer

Astros, Nats reach spring naming rights deal Friday, 16 February 2018, 11:09 pm

Executives from the Astros, Nationals and FITTEAM Global will announce FITTEAM as the naming-rights partner of The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Wednesday in a ceremony at home plate.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

Watson celebrated with youth outreach center Friday, 16 February 2018, 9:43 pm

Bob Watson's life and career were celebrated in grand style in Houston on Friday, with the announcement that soon, a facility dedicated to educating young people will bear his name.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Alyson Footer

Astros weighing left-handed relief options Friday, 16 February 2018, 8:39 pm

There will be an open competition in camp for the Astros to find a left-handed relief pitcher, though there's no guarantees they would carry one.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

Out of options, Stassi aiming for roster spot Friday, 16 February 2018, 6:00 pm

It appears the Astros will have one roster spot open for a position player come Opening Day. Max Stassi is hoping to claim it.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

Gose brings confidence, 100-mph heat to camp Thursday, 15 February 2018, 8:56 pm

Anthony Gose, the former Major League outfielder, is hoping his electric left arm can keep his career alive in an unlikely second act as a relief pitcher. The Astros took him in the Rule 5 Draft from the Rangers in December, hoping Gose can harness his 100-mph fastball to win a job in the defending World Series champs' bullpen.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

McHugh wins arb case; to compete for rotation Thursday, 15 February 2018, 6:29 pm

For the second year in a row, right-hander Collin McHugh won his arbitration case against the Astros. McHugh, who had his hearing in Phoenix on Tuesday, found out Thursday afternoon the arbitration panel had ruled in his favor. He will make $5 million this year; the Astros were offering $4.55 million.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

Verlander: 'American League goes through us' Thursday, 15 February 2018, 2:00 pm

Justin Verlander doesn't care for your opinion. He also doesn't care who the Yankees picked up -- 2017 National League Most Valuable Player Giancarlo Stanton, by the way -- or that the Indians will be a deep and dangerous club. "I think the American League goes through us," Verlander said Wednesday.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Brian McTaggart

Bregman's Valentine's delivery: iPads for kids Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 11:47 pm

It's almost time for Alex Bregman to head to Florida for Spring Training, but on Wednesday, he dropped by Central Elementary in Angleton, Texas, where he delivered free iPads to a group of young students with special needs.

Source: HOU Homepage News HOU Homepage News | Alyson Footer

'18 Player Preview: Dominate your fantasy draft Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 9:17 pm

From baseball's brightest stars to the next great fantasy steal lurking on the Astros' depth chart, everything you need to know is one click away.

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Astros' Top 30 Prospects list Saturday, 18 February 2017, 1:25 am

Who do the Astros have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Houston's Top 30 Prospects on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Watch.

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