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Astros Thoughts From An Astros Beat Writer


As the season wrapped up yesterday, Jose De Jesus Ortiz (Houston Chronicle’s Astros beat writer) took to twitter to give his thoughts on the Astros season as well as a few other notes. Let’s go tweet by tweet and discuss his thoughts.

 

I agree and I think most would. 111 losses and a 15-game losing streak leaves us with a sour taste in our mouths, but the improvement in the minor league system has been beyond promising.

See later tweets.

When Foltynewicz makes his debut it will be the most exciting pitching prospect debut since Jordan Lyles. Foltynewicz can reach triple digits, and his 3.06 ERA and 1.33 WHIP vaulted him onto top 100 prospect lists. Entering his age-22 season in 2014, I expect to see Foltynewicz sometime in during the 2014 season. George Springer was an obvious choice in this tweet. 37 home runs and 45 stolen bases is an amazing feat and Springer should be at MMP next year. Vincent Velasquez gets a nice shout-out here as well. I think he’s the most underrated pitching prospect in the system and is definitely a candidate to take a Foltynewicz-like jump into top prospect lists next season.

Agree for the most part. Bullpen pieces are a must and I don’t think that needs to be expounded upon. Between George Springer, Robbie Grossman, L.J. Hoes, J.D. Martinez, and others, the Astros outfield is already crowded but it depends on on the quality of the outfield bat. If it’s another Rick Ankiel I would politely pass. If it’s a legit improvement then it may be welcomed. Same goes for a veteran starter. Lots of young quality starters in the Astros organization that another starter may not be necessary, but that’s for Jeff Luhnow and the rest of the front office to figure out.

If I had to take a crack I’d say Doug Brocail, Dave Clark, and maybe a few others. Any members of the coaching staff that were retained from the Brad Mills era will likely be replaced. The Bo Porter guys will likely stay.

Sadly this is true. Can anyone think of a player that improved at the MLB level? I can’t. Guys like Brett Wallace (a bit), Robbie Grossman, and others improved when sent down to OKC to work on their hitting. Tony DeFrancesco and his staff did an excellent job in 2013 and the Astros may choose to promote a few of the coaches to replace the ones currently in Houston.

I think everyone would agree. Postolos was absolutely terrible at his job and is responsible for many of the business mistakes made by the Astros. Reid Ryan was an excellent hire and everyone believes he will help turn the Astros around. (Read Greg Thurston’s thoughts on Reid Ryan from Astros bloggers night a few weeks ago).

Wilc card in 2016? I think that’s realistic. The farm system is stacked with some premiere talent and by 2016 Carlos Correa should be ready to help out for a playoff run. However, I don’t think 78-83 wins will be reached in 2014. Obviously, everything depends on the offseason, and the beat-writer is more likely to know a team’s plans, but I just don’t see the Astros winning an extra 25-30 more wins than this past year. If they do, props Mr. Ortiz!

If I had to take a guess at who this “knucklehead” is, I would take Lucas Harrell. Many within the organization have been upset with his actions and I’d be a bit surprised if he was on the 2014 roster. He was the biggest disappointment of the 2013 season.

 

That’s about it from Mr. Ortiz last night. What do you think of his thoughts? Sound off in the comments below!

 

 

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  • Drew Thompson

    Great, jarring insight from Ortiz. However, the predictions are biased and a stretch at best. I find it hard to predict a 6 year playoff run, especially in today’s baseball. Look at the talent the Baltimore O’s had this year and where that got them. Not placing any blame on Bo Porter, but I can’t justify any prediction of playoffs or winning baseball for the Astros in the near future if I haven’t seen Bo and his staff making players better over the course of an MLB season. I mean, look at what Tito Francona did this year with the Tribe, Bob Melvin with the A’s and their young pitching.

  • coldgoldenfalstaff

    IMO, 1B/DH is the one place the Astros can get dramatically better. Time to cut Wallace loose and trade Carter to a team desperate for power with enough good hitters to handle his low average and strikeouts. I’m not convinced that Singleton is ready, so it behooves the Astros go get a good MLB bat (not just power hitter) for one of those spots.

    Also, adding a MLB OF, an inning-eating starter and some veteran bullpen help would be nice.

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