2015 arrives and breathes new life into the Astros organization.
Jul 6, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Houston Astros right fielderPreston Tucker
(20) celebrates his solo home run with shortstop Carlos Correa (1) in the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
As the calendar turned, spring brought a new hope. The injuries that the franchise seemed to suffer in 2014 began to mend, some literally. George Springer and Carlos Correa were healthy, the Astros had made some offseason moves to improve the major league talent and the fans could now at least watch the team grow on television. Even those watching closely could tell that the 2014 draft had not been a complete disaster. A.J. Reed, J.D. Davis, Daniel Mengden and Derek Fisher, all college players, showed promise in their limited debuts and the prospects of moving quickly through the system.
Call to the Pen
Jeff Luhnow addressed the bullpen by signing Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek and claiming Will Harris off waivers. He traded for Luis Valbuena, Evan Gattis, Dan Straily and Hank Conger. Then he added more veterans by signing Jed Lowrie and Colby Rasmus. However, the biggest move he made was arguably the hiring of manager AJ Hinch. Hinch has proven that he is a perfect fit in the Houston clubhouse. He has the experience of his days playing the game, the knowledge from his abbreviated stay as Arizona general manager to understand Luhnow’s philosophy, the ability to combine those two and he is young enough to relate to the Astros players and foster a winning attitude without restricting the exuberance and swagger of the players.
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