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Saturday Morning Hot Links

Astros County (Astros County) — *Check out MLB.com's Top 30 Astros Prospects list. No real surprises at the top, but some interesting names towards the bottom, such as Colin Moran slipping to #25. *#1 prospect Francis Martes...
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Friday Morning Hot Links

Astros County (Astros County) — * With team payroll as high as ever , will Jim Crane allow Luhnow to add pieces at the deadline if needed? I don't think there's a ton (of money) there, but if we need to add one or two more...
  • 1 day 15 hr ago

How much of an upgrade at Catcher did the Astros make?

Astros County (Astros County) — So I'm late on this. Here's to a lot of time passing before having a decent reflection. It's the hottest cold take. Whatever. I was perusing FanGraphs' Depth Charts at lunch today, alone at my...
  • 2 days ago

Wednesday Morning Hot Links

Astros County (Astros County) — *Roy Oswalt was in camp yesterday, preaching durability and the need to throw 200IP. When I was in Spring Training, I told the guys all the time, 'I prepare myself to throw 300 innings and then...
  • 3 days ago

Tuesday Morning Hot Links

Astros County (Astros County) — *Is this the year an AL West front-runner wins the World Series ? *Pitchers threw live BP for the first time yesterday. *Collin McHugh is looking to start the season stronger than he did in...
  • 4 days ago

Just how "controversial" was Jon Singleton's deal?

Astros County (Astros County) — Jake Kaplan talked to Jon Singleton yesterday about his removal from the 40-Man roster. Singleton was predictably pragmatic about the transaction after hitting .202/.337/.390 in Fresno... I...
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Sunday Morning Hot Links

Astros County (Astros County) — *Brian T. Smith wrote about A.J. Hinch in Year 3 : Jim and Jeff have been great to me. But I know this sport - sports - is about winning. I know that the expectations, as they raise, the...
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Saturday Morning Hot Links

Astros County (Astros County) — Today is the first full-squad workout of the season! *Lance McCullers is experimenting with a couple of new grips on his changeup, a pitch he hasn't thrown much in his first two seasons with...
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Some thoughts at the opening of Spring Training

Astros County (Astros County) — This is the year for which we have been waiting. Three years removed from the famous Sports Illustrated "2017 World Series Champion" cover*, five years removed from the draft that brought Carlos...
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Friday Morning Hot Links

Astros County (Astros County) — * The Astros put Springer's locker right next to Carlos Beltran's locker. Springer: There really isn't a thing that I say that I'm not going to try to learn from somebody like (Beltran). I...
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Thursday Morning Hot Links

Astros County (Astros County) — It's the first full Spring Training edition of 2017! *A.J. Hinch's Spring Training plan  is designed to make players tired and sore. *Hinch is excited about the balance of the 2017...
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Monday Morning Hot Links

Astros County (Astros County) — Pitchers & Catchers report on Wednesday so, if you were participating in the Astros County Fitness Challenge, Stage 1 ends Wednesday. Be sure to send me a message with an update to be eligible to...
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Saturday Morning Hot Links

Astros County (James) — *The Astros and Collin McHugh went to an arbitration hearing over the difference of $500,000. McHugh wanted $3.85m, the Astros wanted to pay him $3.35m.  * Luhnow : "If we can avoid...
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Thursday Morning Hot Links

Astros County (Astros County) — I'm home from work with the flu, so let's pass the time with some hot Astros content.  *It is five days until Pitchers & Catchers report.  *Jose Altuve is " the epitome of...
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Tuesday Morning Hot Links

Astros County (Astros County) — *The truck left for Spring Training yesterday. If I was driving the truck, I'd stop in Kissimmee out of habit and also because I'm sort of dim. *The Rangers are the least likely team to repeat...
  • 18 days ago
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Friday Morning Hot Links

Astros County (Astros County) — *Jim Crane expects to be in the playoffs this year, writes USA Today's Bob Nightengale . Also, Crane: You always need more pitching. We would have loved to have Chapman and Sale, too. But we're...
  • 22 days ago
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Tuesday Morning Hot Links

Astros County (Astros County) — *The Astros will receive the Cardinals' bonus pool money for the extra picks in the 2017 draft. The Astros don't get the Cardinals' 1st Round pick, because they had already forfeited that to the...
  • 25 days ago
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Cheatin'-ass Cardinals popped for Ground Control breach

Astros County (Astros County) — YOOOOO the cheatin'-ass Cardinals have - at long last - been punished by MLB for their breach into Ground Control. Chris Cotillo is reporting that the Cardinals will forfeit their top two draft...
  • 26 days ago
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Non-Roster Invitees: The Pitchers

Astros County (Astros County) — As we creep closer to Spring Training - 15 days until Pitchers & Catchers report - it's time to take a look at the guys not on the 40-Man roster who have been invited to Spring Training. With the...
  • 26 days ago
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Monday Morning Hot Links

Astros County (Astros County) — *On Thursday Dallas Keuchel will throw off a mound for the first time since getting shut down in late August, pinning his shoulder issues on his 2015 season and off-season: Last year was a...
  • 26 days ago
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