The Astros 7-game winning streak is over. But it sure was nice while it lasted. The national media actually gave the team some good press for a couple of days.
Astros Manager Bo Porter talks with fans on the Edward Jones chatting cage.
McHugh has all but ditched his sinker in favor of allocating the usage to all his other pitches with the exception of the changeup. Not only has his repertoire changed, but McHugh has added zip on his fastball.
“If you want to be a competitive club in baseball today, it has to be done through the farm system,” he said. “That is sometimes a painful process, sometimes a tedious process … but this is the only way to do it.”
The Dallas Baptist University product is the first River Bandit to homer in four straight games since at least 1998. He said he won’t mind when the streak comes to an end, as long as the team keeps winning.
Elsewhere in the Astros’ Minor League system, outfielder Preston Tucker hit a double and two home runs for Double-A Corpus Christi, his 12th and Texas League-leading 13th homers of the season.
The team has narrowed its choices at No. 1 to six potential players, a person familiar with the club’s thinking said: college pitchers Carlos Rodon and Aaron Nola, high school pitchers Tyler Kolek and Brady Aiken, high school catcher Alex Jackson and high school shortstop Nick Gordon.