So You Want Singleton and Correa with the Astros?
Mar 24, 2015; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Chris Carter (23) prior to the game against the New York Mets at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
We hear you Astros fans. We hear you every time Chris Carter swings and misses on strike three. We hear you every time Jonathan Villar makes an error? Everyone in baseball knows how much Astros fans want Carlos Correa and Jon Singleton on the Astros 25-man roster. The problem is that Jeff Luhnow did an excellent job by filling in the holes for the 2015 season because we don’t have any roster flexibility to call up one of the studs. Therefore, the Fresno Grizzly fans will continue to watch the two future pieces of the Astros a little longer.
Jeff Luhnow Visits Fresno
This past weekend Jeff Luhnow visited the Astros Triple-A club to watch them play, but I feel like there was probably a little more purpose. The following quote is from Brian McTaggart’s article Luhnow checks in with top prospects at Triple-A.
"“We’ve got plenty of players there that could play a role up here this summer and it was good to connect with them,” Luhnow said. “They’ve got a good thing going. They’ve got a really fun team and a lot of guys with Major League experience and a lot of guys that wish they were here in Houston with us and some guys that could be here this summer.”"
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I think Luhnow’s purpose of visiting was to watch Fresno play, but also talk to several players about what their roles are at the moment. In past seasons, the Astros would be calling several of these players up because of struggles with the major league team. That’s not the case this year, even thoughLance McCullers
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have joined the team over the past two weeks.
I’m not going to go conspiracy theory and say that Luhnow was there to work on long-term contract with Carlos Correa, but he probably was there to let him know that his time is coming. He probably had a discussion with Jon Singleton while informing him of the roster situation and the Chris Carter Conundrum. Yes, Singleton was hot at Triple-A when he made his debut last year, but there is something different about him this year. Could he outhit Carter on the Astros right now, maybe?
His name was not mentioned, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Luhnow talked to Dan Straily, as he is working hard to get back to the majors. Straily has found something in his delivery, and that has led to better results recently. However, he watched McCullers leapfrog him to the majors.
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