Astros AM: Yulieski Gurriel Getting Promoted, To Triple-A Fresno
By Eric Huysman
News and Notes From August 15th
Will Jose Altuve reach 1,000 hits at home?
Yesterday on Talking Stros, we started comparing Altuve to Craig Biggio. Altuve still has a while to go to approach the overall career that Biggio did, but he could be on the pace to get close to the Hall of Famer’s best season. In 1997, Biggio had a WAR of 9.4. In the midst of his best season, Altuve has a 6.8 WAR in 2016. With 44 games left in the season, can he produce enough to overtake Biggio’s best season?
We will have to wait to see, but one thing is pretty certain, Altuve will reach 1,000 hits faster than any Astros player. Casey Candaele currently is the record holder, but Altuve is looking to pass him soon. During the two games versus the Cardinals at home, Altuve needs three more to reach 1,000. Astros fans would love for it to happen at home. Altuve can’t press because he may not get any hits if he puts pressure on himself.
With how he is hitting this year, I see him getting one hit tonight and then get three hits tomorrow to tie and pass 1,000 hits. He is 26-years-old, if he plays 12 more seasons at least, he should be able to reach 3,000 hits at this pace. Let’s focus on 1,000, the focus on 2,000.
Yulieski Gurriel promoted…to Triple-A.
Instead of being promoted to the Astros, Gurriel instead was promoted to Triple-A despite not earning it. In 17 at-bats with the Hooks, Gurriel had two hits and three runs batted in. He had not shown mastery of Double-A pitching, so why did he get the promotion? My co-host Brandon believed that they promoted him because he was expecting it, but his MLB debut will have to wait.
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While Whataburger Field is not the Astrodome, the Fresno Grizzlies park is very hitter friendly. If Gurriel is to get ready for MLB pitching, maybe facing Triple-A pitching will be better. Gurriel could use a change of scenery. For whatever reason, he never got into a roll in Double-A.
Once Gurriel finds his timing, he will start producing and will be called up to the Astros soon after. Listen to the positive things that Jeremy Booth of Program 15 had to say about Gurriel on last night’s Talking Stros.
Carlos Correa, AL Player of the Week.
Correa is fifth in the AL with 82 runs batted in, but more was expected from the young star in 2016. He has shown some aggressiveness at the plate recently and has become very reliable with runners in scoring position. People are noticing as he won the AL Player of the Week award again. Last week, Correa batted .429 with three homers and 12 RBI’s. He homered in both games of the doubleheader versus the Twins.
Next: Astros AM: Not So Fast, Gurriel Not Expected Tuesday
If you haven’t given Talking Stros a listen, please do so. Good luck to Altuve and the Stros versus the contenders they are facing this week.
***Stats from Baseball-Reference***