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An Astros Themed Trip Around the Web: 12/05


Let’s take a look at what is being said about the Houston Astros around the worldwide web:

Earlier this off-season, the Astros named Brent Strom their new pitching coach. At this point, there is really not much known about Strom. In this interview that appeared on Fangraphs, we can learn a little more about Strom and his philosophy.

For the past seven seasons, Strom has been a part of The Cardinal Way. As the club’s minor league pitching coordinator, he helped nurture many of young arms that helped lead St. Louis to the World Series. His player development experience will be helpful in Houston, where there is no shortage of young arms.

Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs took a very insightful and analytic look at the recent Dexter Fowler trade. My main takeaway here is how valued young pitching truly is around the majors. Jordan Lyles, despite his struggles, is still regarded as a pitcher with talent and potential. It really takes a while for a pitcher to lose their prospect status, and the fact that Lyles is still only 23 does not hurt.

Lyles throws four pitches and two fastballs, sometimes getting one of them into the mid-90s. He’s a big righty at 6-foot-4, and he was drafted 38th overall. With his stuff and recent prospect reputation, it’s easy to understand that he could have long-term rotation upside. A couple years ago, people thought Lyles could be the real deal. It’s far from too late. The Rockies believe in his arm, and in their own player development.

Weighing in on the the deal for Sports Illustrated’s website, Albert Chen liked the deal more for the Astros than he did the Rockies. Chen also included some complimentary thoughts on Fowler from Jeff Luhnow.

“One of our goals this offseason was to bring in an outfielder who can spark our offense,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. “Dexter is an exciting player who can help with the bat, with his legs and with his glove.”

 

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