Houston’s long-ball approach in NBA playoffs brings memories of 2015 Astros

The Houston Rockets missed 27 three-pointers in a row in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, allowing the Golden State Warriors a come-from-behind win and missing yet another chance at the NBA Finals. Flashback to the 2015 Houston Astros, a team that got its runs almost exclusively via the home run and saw it all go awry as strikeouts eventually got the best of them in the ALDS.

McCullers’ blood lines a key to family success

KISSIMMEE, FLA. – Lance McCullers Jr. of the Houston Astros shares one of the most unique father-son stories from the MLB draft.A top 5 prospect in Houston, McCullers Jr. was drafted in the second round last year 41st overall, the exact same spot where his father, a major league pitcher from 1985 and 1992, was selected. […]

Holberton’s versatility could take him far

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Versatility seems to be the name of the game for Houston Astros minor league catcher Brian Holberton. Whether it is between his academic career and baseball, to what position Holberton takes when he hits the field, it seems the 21 year-old backstop from Cornelius, North Carolina will have a bright future wherever it may take him.

Astros prospect Sanudo wants to show dominant season was no fluke

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Reliever Gonzalo Sanudo hopes a dominant 2013 season can land him a big-league job. In 2013, the 22-year-old Mexican native was dominant at three different levels while playing for the Greeneville (Rookie league), Tri-City (Low Class A) and a short stint in Corpus Christi (Double A).

College ties run deep at Houston Astros’ training camp

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Originally drafted out of high school in the 19th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, left-handed pitcher Kent Emanuel decided instead to enroll at the University of North Carolina (UNC). The late-round pick was not due to a lack of skill but a stated desire to teams that he wanted to attend university. […]

Astros prospect Sogard looking to join big brother in majors

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Houston Astros prospect Alex Sogard has some work to do if he wants to join his brother Eric in the major leagues. The 26-year-old left hander has aspects of his game he needs to improve, but believes with the help of the Astros organization, and some advice from his brother, he will […]

Evan Grills offers a fresh perspective on baseball: just chill

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Baseball does not always have to be taken so seriously. Houston Astros pitching prospect Evan Grills preached this idea on his first day of spring training Monday at the team’s minor league facilities in Kissimmee, Fla. The left-handed pitcher from Whitby, Ont., said he hopes it’s his relaxed outlook rather than being […]

Astros pitcher Kyle Weiland overcoming rare shoulder infection

Kissimmee, Fla. – Houston Astros starting pitching prospect Kyle Weiland has spent the past two seasons recovering from a rare shoulder infection, hindered by the fact that his injury refused certain antibiotics and medications. The 27-year-old hopes to make his return to the big leagues this season. “Coming back is a slow process because it […]

Puerto Rican catcher working hard for a bright future in pro ball

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Born and raised in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, catcher Jobduan Morales was first selected by the Miami Marlins in the 2009 draft. Acquired by the Houston Astros in 2012, Morales is currently in Kissimmee, Florida for minor league spring training camp, entering his fifth year in professional baseball. The 22-year-old backstop says he’s […]

Patton has no problems with pundits

SARASOTA, FL– Baltimore Orioles reliever Troy Patton believes that last year’s magical success was no fluke. Patton was part of a young group of players who won a lot of one-run and extra inning games, leading the Orioles to the post-season for the first time since 1997. A big reason for the playoff run, Patton […]