Houston Astros news, rumors and injuries
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:40:26 -0700
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.
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.
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:07:00 -0700
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.
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:06:26 -0700
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.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:17:05 -0700
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.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:10:33 -0700
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.
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.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:09:30 -0700
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.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:49:07 -0700
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.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:42:31 -0700
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.
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.
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