Houston Astros Fantasy Baseball Draft Primer
For the Astros, these are a few solid mid-round selections in fantasy baseball.
Although he could be aging, Brantley’s statistics will always be decent when it comes to average and runs scored on the high-powered Astros.
Gurriel will be a great pickup for first base in the middle rounds. After all the big bats at first are taken, he could be a sleeper in a head-to-head league. When he gets hot, the righty hits homers and drives in runs in bunches — great 14th or 15th rounder.
Although he is still an unknown, Garcia could shine in the mid rounds as a 13th or 14th round pickup for a guy who might be the third starter in the rotation for the first month or more.
Closers don’t get much love in fantasy and I find them almost useless in head-to-head leagues, but if you are in a rotisserie, Pressly will be a great snag in the middle rounds with a low ERA and WHIP along with a solid amount of save opportunities.
In the latest roster cuts, Enoli Paredes and Peter Solomon were optioned to Triple-A, while Parker Mushinski and Edwin Diaz were reassigned to the minors.
The Astros released 10 minor leaguers — Peter Zimmermann, Ramiro Rodriguez, Colton Shaver, Alex Holderbach, Michael Wielansky, Nate Perry, Kit Scheetz, Elian Rodriguez, Kyle Serrano, Carmen Benedetti and R.J. Freure.
The Mets will honor former Astros minor-league pitcher Johan Santana prior to a game in May for the 10-year anniversary of his no-hitter, they announced.