Astros links 11/18/13


Tonight’s links include the Spring Training schedule, a scouting report on a recent draft pick, and more. Enjoy!

Ultimate Astros

"Minor-league ownership and franchise agreements are separate deals. For the Astros to move a team to The Woodlands area, the club must first buy a franchise. The Class AAA New Orleans Zephyrs have been reported as possible target for the Astros to acquire."


"I’m not convinced he’ll ever hit for a “good” average, but if he can raise his batting average to .250-.260 and keep the same power/patience profile, Chris Carter could have a chance to launch 40+ homers next season."

Call to the Pen

"As we have read, there is help on the way. With a stocked farm system (7 in MLB Pipeline’s Top 100), Houston will once again have the top pick in June’s draft. All the roads lead in a positive direction."

Tru School Sports

"He throws his curve with a tight rotation in the 73-76 mph range with a consistent release point. He uses this pitch very well to keep hitters off balance. He also doesn’t shy away from going back-door on left-handed hitters. His efficiency to locate his curveball will be a key to his success against hitters late into starts."

River Bandits

"We are incorporating the natural setting by the Mississippi and newest developments with amusements to highlight what makes Modern Woodmen Park unique and the country’s Best Minor League Ballpark."

MLB Trade Rumors

"A source tells MLBTR that while Oswalt prefers starting, he’s open to a late inning relief role.  In fact, he’s already been approached by multiple teams about that possibility.  Though Oswalt has struggled the last few seasons, it appears he is seeking a Major League deal."

Spring Training Schedule posted at Ultimate Astros click on the page below to view full screen.