Astros 2014 Review

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May 29, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros right fielder George Springer (4) is congratulated by second baseman Jose Altuve (27) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


Just like George Springer Day in April, the Astros had another top prospect join the roster at the beginning of the month. Jon Singleton was the top ranked first base prospect in all of baseball, and he showed a good reason why in his first game. Singleton hit a bomb in his final at-bat to right-center field, and topped it off with a bat flip. Singleton would struggle though the rest of the month, and the rest of the season as he continued to adjust to the Major League competition.

Springer, who seemingly adjusted to the competition pretty well, graced the cover of Sports Illustrated on June 25th, with the lead article being about the Astros winning the 2017 World Series. The issue took the fan base by storm, and it made the fan base even more in love with what Springer can do on the field, and who is all waiting to join him. Earlier in the month, on June 5th, with the first pick in the Draft for the third consecutive year, the Astros drafted High School Left-Hander Brady Aiken in what was highly celebrated by the Astros office. They went on to draft his friend Jason Nix,  along with the 2014 College Player of the Year, A.J. Reed. Houston looked to have made their farm system even more loaded, and even though the team went 12-15 in the Month of May, all seemed to be well. Jose Altuve had become a hitting machine, batting .411 over the month, along with stealing 17 bases. He could not be stopped in the month of June.

As the month ended though, light was shed that the Astros front office had their system hacked, and numerous emails were released on their trade talks for two full years. This was just the beginning of a bigger headache that would present itself a few weeks later.