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Astros | Mark Appel starting in Class AA

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:40:26 -0700

Houston Astros SP Mark Appel will begin the season with Double-A Corpus Christi.

Fantasy Tip: Appel topped out last season with Corpus Christi where he posted a 3.69 ERA with 38 strikeouts through 39 innings over six starts. Look for the 2013 No. 1 selection to receive a cup of coffee in the majors this season, as long as he progresses as expected. At this point, though, he only pushes the needle in deep AL-only leagues as a stash candidate.

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Astros | No primary 1B for Houston

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:31:46 -0700

Houston Astros DH Chris Carter and SS Marwin Gonzalez will be used at first base early in the season, according to manager A.J. Hinch. Hinch said the team has no primary first baseman or designated hitter.

Fantasy Tip: Carter is likely to receive frequent starts at first base, and he'll become eligible at the position in traditional leagues fairly early. This will enhance his value in leagues where he is only eligible at the utility spot. Gonzalez has little fantasy appeal.

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Astros | Chris Carter to begin at first

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:07:00 -0700

Houston Astros DH Chris Carter will likely open the season at first base after 1B Jon Singleton was sent to Triple-A Fresno.

Fantasy Tip: This doesn't have any effect on his FantasyScore value, but Carter ($5,100, 10.2% of your cap) only played 14 games at first last season. This made him restricted to the utility spot in some formats that require a player to play 15 games at a position. The early first base eligibility will be a welcomed enhancement in those leagues.

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Astros | Jon Singleton sent down

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:06:26 -0700

Houston Astros 1B Jon Singleton was optioned to Triple-A Fresno Wednesday, April 1.

Fantasy Tip: Singleton has plenty of power potential and is worth keeping in the back of your mind for a call-up. Chris Carter ($5,100, 10.2% of your cap) will likely be at first base and is a daily consideration on FantasyScore.

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Astros | Jed Lowrie hits first spring training HR

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:17:05 -0700

Houston Astros SS Jed Lowrie hit his first spring training home run Tuesday, March 31, while batting right-handed.

Fantasy Tip: In 2012, the switch-hitting Lowrie ($3,700, 7.4% of cap) clubbed 16 homers in just 387 plate appearances in his first tour of duty with the Astros. He makes for a good late-round target at middle infield and could reach the teens in homers.

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Astros | Luke Gregerson named Houston closer

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:10:33 -0700

Houston Astros RP Luke Gregerson has been named the team's closer.

Fantasy Tip: Gregerson being named the closer will surely make him a bit more expensive in fantasy drafts. Chad Qualls and Pat Neshek are now on the outside looking in, but they could see opportunities if Gregerson falters. Gregerson won't give you an edge in reliever K's, but he has proven to do a good job at keeping the ball down and limiting fly balls.

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Astros | Roberto Hernandez wins rotation job

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:44:49 -0700

Houston Astros SP Roberto Hernandez has won a spot in the team's rotation, and manager A.J. Hinch said Monday, March 30, that Hernandez will start either the third, fourth or fifth game of the regular season.

Fantasy Tip: Hernandez, the former Fausto Carmona, is worth grabbing in AL-only leagues in the final rounds. He is a little more useful in head-to-head leagues than rotisserie formats, as his ERA and WHIP can be a bit woeful. However, he could pick up some wins with an improved Houston offense.

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Astros | Joe Thatcher makes the club

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:09:30 -0700

Houston Astros RP Joe Thatcher has been added to the team's opening day roster, according to a source. He originally signed a minor-league deal with the club.

Fantasy Tip: Thatcher will serve as the left-handed specialist, and is a solid help for rotisserie fantasy owners in the ERA and WHIP categories.

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Astros | Matt Dominguez optioned

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:49:07 -0700

Houston Astros 3B Matt Dominguez was cut from the roster and sent to the minor leagues on Sunday, March 29. He had been the starting third baseman the last two years.

Fantasy Tip: When the Astros traded for Luis Valbuena, the clock began ticking on Dominguez's fantasy value. Dominguez had some value because of the 37 homers he hit in the last two seasons, but his batting average killed any further chances of staying on the roster. He should not be drafted at the moment.

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Astros | Carlos Correa sent down

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:42:31 -0700

Houston Astros SS Carlos Correa was sent down to Double-A Corpus Christi in a round of cuts made on Sunday, March 29.

Fantasy Tip: Correa was a former No. 1 draft pick who lost some significant time last year with injuries. If he can be stashed in a deep AL league he might be worth an end-of-draft pickup.

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Astros | George Springer to hit second?

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.

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Astros | Dan Straily sent down

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 05:51:44 -0700

Houston Astros SP Dan Straily was optioned to minor league camp Monday, March 23.

Fantasy Tip: Straily is a name you want to watch for a spot start on FantasyScore.

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Astros | Evan Gattis set to take batting practice

Sun, 22 Mar 2015 07:40:29 -0700

Houston Astros C/OF Evan Gattis (wrist) is feeling good and will take live batting practice Sunday, March 22, according to manager A.J. Hinch.

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.

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Astros | Luis Valbuena slugging in spring

Sat, 21 Mar 2015 06:13:06 -0700

Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena leads the Grapefruit League with a .786 slugging percentage this spring and hit his second home run Friday, March 20.

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Houston.Astros.MLB.com - Chris Peixoto

Astros | Evan Gattis has no structural damage

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.

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Houston Astros Player News

Abreu Erick P
Adamson Daniel OF
Adler Anthony P
Afenir Buck C
Affronti Mike SS
Alaniz Ruben P
Altuve Jose 2B
Amador Japhet 1B
Appel Mark SP
Arguello Douglas P
Aristil Jonnathan RP
Austin Jay OF
Averill Brandon INF
Baker Chris P
Baldee Jan INF
Barganier Luke OF
Basford Charles P
Bellorin Edwin C
Blankenship Travis P
Blazek Christopher P
Bostick Akeem P
Brite Jared P
Brown Casey P
Brown Matthew P
Buchanan Jake SP
Bulkley Aaron OF
Burgess Michael OF
Burnett Tyler 3B
Cain Colton P
Caipen Brandon INF
Carrasco Cesar 3B
Carter Chris DH
Castillo Jose 3B
Castro Jason C
Cavanagh Nick P
Cavers Eric C
Champion Adam P
Chapman Kevin RP
Chedister Bradley P
Chouinard Bobby P
Clark Chris C
Clark Cody C
Comer Kevin P
Conger Hank C
Cooper James OF
Corapsi Jason INF
Corpas Hector P
Correa Carlos SS
Cotton Jamaine P
Crowe Trevor OF
Cruz Cirilo INF
Cruz Jared INF
Cunningham Michael OF
Davidson Kevin C
Davis Cliff P
Deduno Samuel SP
Del Rosario Enerio RP
Devenski Chris SP
Dewitt Anthony P
DeYoung Kyle P
Diaz Kenny C
Diaz Michael INF
Dinelli David P
Disher Phil 1B
Dominguez Matt 3B
Downs Darin P
Drese Ryan SP
Dupont Will INF
Dydalewicz Brad P
Einertson Mitch OF
Escalona Sergio RP
Estrada Paul P
Fairchild Thomas P
Feldman Scott SP
Feliz Michael P
Ferreira Edgar P
Fick Chuck P
Fields Josh RP
Fisher Derek OF
Flores Adalberto P
Flores David 3B
Flores Joshua OF
Fontana Nolan SS
Franco Enderson P
Gant James P
Garcia Gabriel P
Garcia Junior P
Gattis Evan C
Geith Theron P
Gervacio Samuel RP
Gillingham Alex P
Ginter Matt P
Goethals Jeremy C
Gomez Edwin SS
Gonzalez Marwin SS
Gothreaux Jared P
Gouvea Murilo P
Graham Cole 1B
Gregerson Luke RP
Griffiths Jeremy P
Grossman Robbie OF
Hacker Michael P
Hader Josh P
Hallberg Bryan P
Harris Will RP
Hart Billy 3B
Heath Ben C
Heras Leonardo OF
Hernandez Roberto SP
Hicks Chris P
Hines Carlos P
Hines Drew P
Hoes L.J. OF
Holder Drew OF
Houser Adrian P
Hoyt James P
Huang Wei-Chieh P
Hudspeth Casey P
Humphries Justin C
Hurry Jacob P
Hyatt B.J. RP
Iorg Eli OF
James Brad P
Jimenez Hector C
Johnson Jeremy M. P
Johnson Timothy SS
Jorgensen Jeff OF
Keuchel Dallas SP
King Blake P
King Eric SS
Klassen Danny SS
Kroeker Andrew C
Laguna Mesac 1B
Lamb Cameron P
Landry Jacques OF
Langdon Allen OF
Lazu Carlos P
Locke Stephen P
Lopez Tomas P
Lowrie Jed SS
Lucati Andrea P
Magee Joshua 2B
Marisnick Jake OF
Marshall Mac P
Martes Francis P
Martinez Alexander P
McCullers Lance P
McHugh Collin SP
Meiners Jeremiah P
Mejia Yonathan INF
Meszaros Dan P
Meyer Drew INF
Meyer Jonathan 3B
Michelena Arturo SS
Mier Jiovanni SS
Miller Josh P
Moon Chan Jong INF
Morales Jobduan C
Moran Colin 3B
Mowdy Ashton P
Murdy Garrett P
Musgrove Joe P
Musick Wes RP
Nash Telvin OF
Navarro Oswaldo INF
Neshek Pat RP
Ness Michael P
Nix Jacob P
Norris Dax C
Norton Phil P
Oberholtzer Brett SP
Ori Mark 1B
Orie Kevin 3B
Paul Josh C
Paulino David P
Peacock Brad SP
Peguero Jailen RP
Pena Kilby P
Pena Roberto C
Perez Franklin P
Perez Tomas INF
Petit Gregorio INF
Presley Alex OF
Qualls Chad RP
Quezada Euris P
Rafael Ronny OF
Rasmus Colby OF
Reed Ryan OF
Reynoso Luis SS
Rodriguez Jose A. P
Rodriguez Mike OF
Rosales Orlando OF
Saccomanno Mark 3B
Saladin Miguel P
Sanchez Manuel P
Santana Domingo OF
Santana Edward OF
Santangelo Lou C
Sapp Maxwell C
Scott Jordan OF
Seaton Ross P
Seuss Adam OF
Sheldon Ole INF
Sierra Miguel SS
Singleton Jon 1B
Sipp Tony RP
Smith Jason INF
Smith Kyle Z. P
Solarte Alejandro P
Sotffel Jason P
Sotro Chris P
Springer Chris OF
Springer George OF
Stassi Max C
Steele T.J. OF
Stiver Justin P
Stoffel Jason P
Straily Dan SP
Streilein Brian P
Stricklen Brandon P
Sweeney Matt P
Switzer Jon P
Thatcher Joe RP
Thompson Jose Carlos 2B
Thompson Ryan OF
Tilghman Jack P
Tollberg Brian SP
Toney D'Andre OF
Torbert Beau OF
Torrence Devon OF
Torreyes Ronald 3B
Towles J.R. C
Trompiz Kristian SS
Tucker Preston OF
Uhle Chris INF
Valbuena Luis 3B
Vallejo Jose INF
Van Hekken Andy SP
Vasquez Carlos P
Vasquez Danry OF
Velasquez Vincent P
Vessella Tom P
Villar Henry P
Villar Jonathan SS
Wagler Chad P
Walker Brandt P
Walters Blair P
Warrick Nathan OF
Weber Ben RP
Weiland Kyle SP
Weston Matt OF
White Alex SP
Whiteman Tommy INF
Wigdahl Jeffrey P
Williams Aaron P
Williams Marques OF
Wojciechowski Asher SP
Wolf Shane P
Zinter Alan C

Bagwell Jeff TO
Berry Sean TO
Bjornson Craig TO
Brocail Doug PC
Brock Tarrik TO
Daurer Rich TO
DeFrancesco Tony MAN
DeFrancesco Tony TO
Dickenson Ralph TO
Gottfried Dave GM
Hillman Trey TO
Hinch A.J. MAN
Hudgens Dave TO
Lawless Tom MAN
Listach Pat TO
Luhnow Jeff GM
Martinez Dennis TO
Pettini Joe TO
Pettis Gary TO
Radison Dan TO
Roberts Leon TO
Ryan Nolan TO
Stearns David TO
Strom Brent PC

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