Houston Astros news, rumors and injuries
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:47:16 -0700
Houston Astros OF George Springer is likely to hit second in the batting order this year behind 2B Jose Altuve. Springer isn't a prototypical second hitter, but manager A.J. Hinch thinks Springer will do just fine there. Springer hit 20 home runs in 78 games in 2014 before a leg injury, and he showed patience at the plate despite striking out 114 times in 295 at-bats. He embraced a new, gymnastics-style training regimen in the offseason, and he's also very disciplined with his eating habits. Springer hit .333 with a .636 slugging percentage in his first 33 Grapefruit League at-bats.
Fantasy Tip: Springer has all the tools you'd like to see in a major league position player. Despite less than a full year in the big leagues, he won't come cheaply in drafts because of the hype surrounding him. Springer is eventually expected to become a perennial 20-20 candidate, and it could come as soon as 2015.
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 05:51:44 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Straily is a name you want to watch for a spot start on FantasyScore.
Sun, 22 Mar 2015 07:40:29 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Gattis has high-end power potential at a weak fantasy position, and he has relocated to a hitter-friendly ballpark. Add that Gattis is projected to receive near everyday at-bats and not spend much time behind the plate, and there is a lot to like about him in the early middle rounds. This injury is considered minor, but continue to check back for updates and monitor his progress leading up to opening day.
Sat, 21 Mar 2015 06:13:06 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Valbuena ($3,300, 6.6% of cap) has a career slugging percentage of .374 in 2,047 plate appearances, so it's tough to get too excited over his sudden surge, but it is somewhat promising with his slugging percentage and his ISO on the rise in each of the past three seasons. Valbuena saw more than 500 plate appearances last season for the first time in his career and hit 16 home runs. Currently slotted in as the Astros starting third baseman, Valbuena could be a nice corner or middle infield option late in drafts.
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:51:31 -0700
Houston Astros C/OF Evan Gattis (wrist) took roughly 15 to 20 swings off a tee Friday, March 20, and said he was pain-free. He underwent an MRI exam Thursday, March 19, that showed no structural damage in his wrist.
Fantasy Tip: This is pretty good news for Gattis, who relies heavily on power as part of his game. If he doesn't have any setbacks moving forward, he should be able to progress to playing in some spring games soon. If healthy, Gattis' value heading into the 2015 is high, as his power should translate well to the American League and a hitter-friendly park. The fact that he won't be catching in Houston makes him more attractive, as well, as it should keep him healthier.
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:06:33 -0700
Houston Astros C/OF Evan Gattis (wrist), who is day-to-day with pain in his right wrist, has yet to be cleared to swing a bat. However, manager A.J. Hinch is optimistic that Gattis will make progress this weekend. "He didn't make the trip. We're continuing to evaluate him every day. Wrists are sort of day-to-day when it comes to his activity level. I don't think he's planning on hitting today. We're hoping to introduce the tee and soft toss over the next day or two to see where his wrist tolerance is. For now, we're going to hold off for the day," Hinch said. Gattis has been able to do everything but hit in camp.
Fantasy Tip: Gattis' wrist issue is definitely worth monitoring, as wrist issues can often sap power, which is Gattis' best skill. Assuming he's ready for the season, Gattis is a rising fantasy commodity with a switch to the American League and a hitter-friendly park. The fact that he'll have catcher and outfield eligibility is a huge plus, too.
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:35:59 -0700
Fantasy Tip: While this comes as no surprise, it'll be interesting to see how McHugh follows up his breakout 2014 campaign. He returned 11 wins with a 2.73 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP and 157 strikeouts over 154 2/3 innings through his 25 starts last season. While his underlying stats checked out last season (3.83 K/BB, 0.8 HR/9, 3.17 FIP), regression should still be expected. He is worth considering in the late middle rounds of drafts as a mid-range fake starter.
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:27:58 -0700
Houston Astros C/OF Evan Gattis (wrist) hasn't been cleared to swing a bat and there is no timetable for his return as he deals with pain in his right wrist. Gattis was scratched from the spring game Sunday, March 15. However, he did some defensive work Monday, March 16, and plans to do more outfield drills Tuesday, March 17. "He's seen the doctor and we're going to keep evaluating him day to day," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He seems to be progressing nicely. We're going to ramp up his activities a little bit over the next couple of days, but he won't be doing a ton of activity. … We have the off-day (on Wednesday) and then we'll see how he feels on Thursday."
Fantasy Tip: It's a bit of concern for Gattis, especially since his game relies so heavily on his power stroke, which could be affected by wrist issues. Until we know more about the injury or that it's serious, though, his draft stock shouldn't be affected. Gattis is in line for serious production with his move to the AL in a hitter's park. It will also help that he's no longer catching.
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:42:16 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Keuchel went 12-9 last year but had five complete games and a decent walk (48) to strikeout (146) ratio. He is a healthy selection in most middle rounds of drafts, as Keuchel could win 15 games this year with an improved Astros lineup.
Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:11:38 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Springer burst onto the scene last season, and he showcased 40/20 potential, albeit while striking out 33% of the time. 2015 will be an interesting season for the 25-year-old outfielder, and fantasy owners will want to highly consider him in the early middle rounds on draft day. In a years time, he could easily be considered a first-round fantasy talent. However, there is risk, especially with the previously mentioned weak plate discipline which lead to a .34 BB/K mark. Be prepared for ups and downs throughout the season, too.
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:37:05 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Neshek has fantasy value as a set-up guy for Chad Qualls, because if Qualls falters then Neshek or Luke Gregerson could close. Wait and see where Neshek ends up before spending a late-round selection.
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:18:50 -0700
Houston Astros SP Mark Appel (forearm) visited with a doctor Tuesday, March 10, after he experienced tightness in his right forearm warming up Monday, March 9. Appel said he is healthy and ready to pitch after playing catch Tuesday. Appel, the No. 1 overall pick in 2013, isn't expected to break camp with the team, but he could pitch in a game in the next couple days.
Fantasy Tip: Appel seems to have dodged a bullet with his forearm tightness, and he should be fine for the 2015 season in the minors. After struggling in the beginning of 2014, Appel rebounded nicely with a 3.69 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 39 innings over six starts with Double-A Corpus Christi. There's a real chance that Appel could join the Astros this year. Consider him as a stash option in deep AL-only leagues.
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:25:56 -0700
Updating a previous report, Houston Astros SP Mark Appel's (forearm) forearm injury that scratched him from the outing Monday, March 9, is not believed to be serious. Appel said he felt "a tiny bit of tightness," but said he had "literally no pain." Manager A.J. Hinch doesn't seem concerned at all, although it's unclear what the team will do next. Appel doesn't plan on undergoing an MRI exam.
Fantasy Tip: Appel, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 draft, certainly is a candidate to come up to the majors this summer if he pitches well in the minors. He shouldn't be drafted in standard leagues, but dynasty and keeper league owners should be well aware of Appel. AL-only managers may feel compelled to take him as a flier and stash him in deep leagues.
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:04:22 -0700
Houston Astros C/OF Evan Gattis played left field for the first time this spring Monday, March 9, and admitted he still is not that comfortable fielding the position. "I think he's a better outfielder than he gets credit," Manager A.J. Hinch said. "Insecurities in players come out of when you're not comfortable with the volume that you've spent out there. It's one of the reasons we gave him primarily left field as an area of focus at the beginning of camp. It's not a glaring weakness as some people might portray, but we're going to have to let him get some experience in order to get him comfortable."
Fantasy Tip: The Astros will accept a few defensive hiccups, as long as Gattis is handling the stick well. His catcher eligibility is the most significant appeal of his fantasy stock, as Gattis has a real chance to pace the position in home runs and finish as a top-five fantasy backstop. Target Gattis in the early middle rounds of drafts for his immense power upside.
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 13:40:46 -0700
Houston Astros SP Mark Appel (forearm) was scratched from his spring outing Monday, March 9, due to mild tightness in his right forearm. Appel missed all of spring training last year after an appendectomy. He's likely to start the year at Class AA after he finished strong at Corpus Christi in 2014.
Fantasy Tip: Appel ranks 23rd on our list of baseball's top-30 fantasy prospects this year. His slow start last year could be attributed to his appendectomy. The former No. 1 overall pick of 2013 could be up later this year if he performs well in the minors. You can avoid him in all standard leagues, but he should already be on the radar of keeper and dynasty league owners.
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