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Taking Stock - Joey Loperfido

Taking Stock - Joey Loperfido

George Walker IV / Tennessean.com Multi-position weapon was an upside play who needed mechanical updates as a 7th round pick. So far he has taken to them like a fish to water. Despite some intriguing tools, Joey Loperfido flew under the draft radar for the most part during his time at Duke. The Philadelphia native was a four year contributor for the Blue Devils, had the ability to play multiple positions in both the infield and outfield, and sported an impressive, projectable 6’4” frame, so there was plenty for scouts to dream on, but his 22% K rate was high for a...
19 hours ago
Oops! All Astros: Zach Dezenzo

Oops! All Astros: Zach Dezenzo

Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports Zach Dezenzo was Houston’s 12th round pick this year. We’re looking at all 316 players to appear in Houston’s system in 2022. Zach Dezenzo is a six-foot-four, 220 lb. right-handed infielder (mostly a third baseman) from Canton, OH. Born on May 11, 2000, he was Houston’s 12th round selection in 2022, 373rd off the board out of The Ohio State University. Twenty percent of draftees out of The Ohio State University make it to the majors, and eight players taken 373rd overall have made it as well. Nick Swisher (21.5 WAR) leads the...
23 hours ago
Astros Crawfish Boil: November 30, 2022

Astros Crawfish Boil: November 30, 2022

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports It’s your Wednesday Boil! Another Day, Another Boil. So it’s another day without baseball. Tomorrow starts December, the first month without any baseball at all since this past January. If you’re anything like me, you feel like it’s already been forever since you got to watch a live game. It’s only been three weeks. The Hot Stove has its moments, but nothing that rivals the excitement of scoring from first on a double. Houston Astros News Abreu already proving a good fit in Astros clubhouse (mlb.com) José Abreu Signing Helps...
Nov 29, 2022
Oops! All Astros: Kedaur Trujillo

Oops! All Astros: Kedaur Trujillo

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports Keduar Trujillo hit nearly .400 in a short look at the rookie level. We’re reviewing every player to appear in Houston’s system through the 2022 season. Keduar Trujillo is a five-foot-11, 188 lb. right-handed catcher and corner infielder from Maracay, VZ. Born on March 2, 2004, he signed on with Houston’s system for his first professional deal earlier this year. Trujillo was assigned to the Rookie-Level DSL Astros Orange on July 13. Although he only appeared in a total of 23 contests, he turned in six multiple-hit games, including on...
Nov 29, 2022
Looking Deeper Into José Abreu’s Signing And Payroll Factors

Looking Deeper Into José Abreu’s Signing And Payroll Factors

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports For the first time since the 2017 season, the Astros, effective next year, will have a starting first baseman not named Yuli Gurriel. It feels weird typing out that sentence as the 38-year-old Cuban has become one of the faces of the franchise during this so-called golden era of baseball in Houston. While it is certainly possible that the organization retains him in some utility capacity, the reported signing of free-agent slugger José Abreu effectively concludes that particular chapter of Gurriel's career with Houston as a full-time...
Nov 29, 2022
What does José Abreu add to the Astros’ puzzle?

What does José Abreu add to the Astros’ puzzle?

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/ The Astros signed the slugging first baseman to a three-year deal. Here’s what Abreu brings. The Yuli Gurriel era in Houston is behind us to make room for newly-signed José Abreu, the American League MVP of the shortened 2022 season. The Astros have finally found their new first baseman after signing Cuban Abreu for three years and $58.5 million ($19.5MM per season). But what does Abreu bring to the Astros’ table? Theoretically, acquiring Abreu represents an offensive upgrade at first. If you compare what the Astros got from Gurriel in...
Nov 29, 2022
Astros Minor League Position Review: Catcher

Astros Minor League Position Review: Catcher

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 04: Houston Astros catcher Yainer Diaz (63) is honored as the Houston Astros 2022 Minor League Player of the Year during the MLB game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros on October 4, 2022 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. | Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via See how the catching position performed down on the farm during the 2022 season. Now that the season is over we will review each position in the minor league system during the 2022 season. This week we will start with catcher position. TOP...
Nov 29, 2022
Astros Crawfish Boxes: November 29, 2022

Astros Crawfish Boxes: November 29, 2022

Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports Welcome José Abreu to the number six spot in the order! It’s your Tuesday Boil! The Astros finally made a dent in the free agent market by signing 2020 American League MVP José Abreu. The deal is reported at three years and $58.5 million, or a $19.5 million AAV. If you go by the 1 WAR = $8 million exchange, then the Astros are expecting roughly 2.5 WAR per season (average). Astros News Slugger Abreu joins champion Astros on three-year $58.5m (uk.sports.yahoo.com) Yankees could have competition from Astros to sign Andrew Benintendi...
Nov 28, 2022
BREAKING: Astros reach agreement with José Abreu

BREAKING: Astros reach agreement with José Abreu

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports The free-agent first baseman is reportedly signing with Houston. Even without a general manager, the Astros are still making moves as free-agent slugger José Abreu is reportedly finalizing a three-year contract with the club. (Author nervously refreshes Twitter while waiting for the exact contract details). The Houston #Astros are finalizing a deal for free-agent first baseman Jose Abreu.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 28, 2022 Abreu, 35, will likely become the full-time starter at first base for the defending champions...
Nov 28, 2022
Oops! All Astros: Alex Bregman

Oops! All Astros: Alex Bregman

Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports For the seventh time in seven seasons, Alex Bregman finished with an OPS+ of 113 or greater. We’re continuing our review of Houston’s system, wherein we recap each of the 316 players to play with the Astros in 2022. Alex Bregman is a six-foot, 192 lb. third baseman from Albuquerque, NM. Born on March 30, 1994, he was initially chosen by the Boston Red Sox in 2012, in the 29th round. He instead decided on collegiate ball, with Louisiana State University, and was rewarded with a number two overall pick three years later by Houston....
Nov 28, 2022
Astros Crawfish Boil: November 28, 2022

Astros Crawfish Boil: November 28, 2022

Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports The Monday Boil! It’s (another) that time of year. This is the part where we start to see the Hall of Fame ballots start to trickle in. The first one came back yesterday courtesy of Sadiel Lebron (see story below). Of particular note is not who Lebron voted for, but who he left off. You’ve already been hearing about trashcan-gate for...forever it seems. Well, prepare for another volley as pundits and professionals decry the inclusion or exclusion of the “ringmaster,” Mr. Carlos Beltrán. Lebron declined to include Beltran, even...
Nov 27, 2022
Oops! All Astros: Framber Valdez

Oops! All Astros: Framber Valdez

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Framber Valdez led the American League with 201 1⁄3 innings. We’re reviewing each player to appear in Houston’s system through 2022. Framber Valdez is a five-foot-11, 239 lb. left-handed pitcher from Sabana Grande de Palenque, DR. Born on November 19, 1993, he played his first professional ball in the Astros system in 2015. In 2018, he made his debut. From 2018 through 2021, Valdez pitched 313 innings and put up a 1.313 WHIP and 8.7 K/9. He walked 4.1 K/9, going 24-17 with a 3.74 ERA and a 4.04 FIP. Opponents put together a combined...
Nov 27, 2022
Astros Crawfish Boil: November 27, 2022

Astros Crawfish Boil: November 27, 2022

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports The Sunday Boil! Houston Astros News Four Houston Astros Earn All-MLB Team Honors from Baseball America (si.com) José Altuve a Co-Winner of Luis Aparicio Award (si.com) 3 sneaky MLB free agents Astros must target (clutchpoints.com) Alex Bregman Tweets Photo in Soccer Jersey, Supports USMNT in World Cup (si.com) Providence honors World Series MVP, Classical alum Jeremy Peña (turnto10.com) Can Christian Vázquez Make Up For Lost Production? (si.com) MLB News New York Yankees fans upset with report that team signed shortstop Isiah...
Nov 26, 2022
Oops! All Astros: Héctor Neris

Oops! All Astros: Héctor Neris

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Héctor Neris was a part of Houston’s record setting bullpen in 2022. We’re reviewing all 316 players to appear in Houston’s system in 2022. Héctor Neris is a six-foot-two, 227 lb. right-handed pitcher from Villa Altagracia, DR. Born on June 14, 1989, Neris signed his first professional contract with the Philadelphia Phillies at the age of 20. Neris worked his way up through Philadelphia’s system until making his debut in 2014. He pitched a perfect inning and earned a victory on August 5, striking out Jake Marisnick in a...
Nov 26, 2022
Should the Astros pursue Brandon Nimmo?

Should the Astros pursue Brandon Nimmo?

Photo by Adam Hunger/ To address their outfield need, the Astros could make a big splash in free agency by signing former Mets outfielder. After Michael Brantley’s departure, the Astros are said to be looking for a left-handed hitting corner outfielder according to The Athletic. With Brantley leaving an important void to fill in the lineup, there’s someone who can take his place, someone that actually is pretty similar to Uncle Mike and can bring great value to the Astros lineup. That man is Brandon Nimmo, who just put up a 5.1-bWAR season – that would have tied...