Category Archives: Houston Astros
I know what the title suggests, but no the talent isn’t from boys town, but that does remind me of when going to Mexico used to be good times for Texans. Have a few beers, eat some amazing Mexican food (not Tex Mex), and maybe catch a cock fight or two. Of course it is now one of the most dangerous places in the world, and going south of the boarder is a different kind of adventure if you dare. But when you’re the worst team in baseball, sometimes it’s worth the risk.
The Astros, in dire need of some talent have gone to Mexico for some players. The Astros did sign two Mexican League players, the first being outfielder Leo Heras. Heras will play right away in Corpus Christi. The other player is a monster of a man, 6 foot 3 and 315 pounds of a monster named Japhet Amador. As you’d expect, he’s not a shortstop, but rather a 1st basemen. He’s not running out any bunts, but he does clearly hit for power. Amador hit 36 home runs in the Mexican league, but no word if any were off former Charros pitcher Kenny Powers. Amador will play in Triple A for Oklahoma City.
Time will tell if the Astros Mexican mining trip will produce some starters, but when you’re the Astros you at least have to try. And as long as none of the scouts came down with Montezuma’s revenge, it never hurts to give it a shot.
The rebuilding process of the Houston Astros took another step in that direction, as the Stros traded reliever Jose Veras to the Detroit Tigers. Veras has 19 saves this season, with as 2.93 ERA. Veras is 32, and doesn’t figure to fit into the Stros long term plans.
In return the Astros get 19yr old prospect Danry Vasquez. Baseball America ranks him as the Tigers 6th best prospect. Danry is hitting .281 with 5 home runs and 39 RBI while playing outfield for the Tigers class A team.
The Houston Astros had the #1 overall pick for the second consecutive year, and this time around they used it on Stanford pitcher Mark Appel. Appel grew up in Houston, before moving to California when he was 12 years old. After he was drafted, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow welcomed him “home”. Appel was drafted last season, with the #8 pick by Pittsburgh but they couldn’t agree on terms. Appel returned to Stanford, and is now the #1 pick.
The quick search for a new President is over, Nolan Ryan’s son, Reid Ryan will be announced on friday morning, per ESPN Dallas. Reid currently runs Triple A Round Rock Express, a Rangers farm team, and double A Corpus Christi Hooks, an Astros farm team. The rumors of Nolan Ryan being a target for the Stros was alittle off, just by one generation. Time will tell if the Ryan vs Ryan lone star battle will ignite the new AL west rivalry between the Rangers and the Stros.