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Astros pitching prospect Mark Appel will open the 2015 season at Double-A Corpus Christi.

That's where he ended the 2014 season (with a 3.69 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 38 strikeouts in 39 innings). Appel should make his major league debut at some point in 2015. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft and experienced some early-career struggles, but the 23-year-old right-hander is trending in the right direction now.
Apr 1 - 5:38 PM

Jake Marisnick doubled twice and drove in a run as the Astros edged the Tigers 3-2 on Wednesday.

The demotion of Jonathan Singleton on Wednesday has Marisnick's stock on the rise. He's set to be the Astros' primary center fielder, with Colby Rasmus primarily in left and Evan Gattis spending most of his time at DH. Marisnick probably won't be a factor in mixed leagues, but he's a likely 20-steal guy if he starts 120-130 games, giving him AL-only value.
Apr 1 - 5:18 PM

Dallas Keuchel pitched 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball Wednesday versus the Tigers.

Keuchel ends the spring with a 1.80 ERA in four starts. Next up for him is a showdown with the Indians' Corey Kluber on Monday.
Apr 1 - 5:16 PM

Astros prospect Kyle Smith underwent Tommy John surgery recently, according to the Houston Chronicle's Jose de Jesus Ortiz.

Smith, 22, had a 3.96 ERA and a 127/37 K/BB ratio in 122 2/3 innings last year between high-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi. The Astros got him from the Royals in 2013 in a trade for Justin Maxwell.
Apr 1 - 2:09 PM

Astros placed RHP Josh Fields on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with a right groin strain.

Fields is progressing in his recovery, but has not thrown off the mound in the last week. Once he begins throwing off the mound, it will be easier for the team to assess how quickly the right-hander might move toward major league readiness. As of now, there's no timetable for his return.
Apr 1 - 11:51 AM

Astros place RHP Brad Peacock on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 30, with a right hip injury.

This move was expected. Peacock's been working his way back from offseason hip surgery. He made his spring debut on Sunday, allowing four runs (three earned) in two-thirds of an inning. He'll rehab in the minors for the first month of the season.
Apr 1 - 10:40 AM

Astros placed LHP Brett Oberholtzer on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 31, with lat soreness.

Oberholtzer's lat soreness has set him back significantly. He entered March as a contender for a rotation spot, but ends it on the disabled list. He is scheduled to pitch in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game and has been throwing bullpen sessions. When healthy, he's slated to be the Astros fourth starter. He'll be replaced in the rotation by Asher Wojciechowski.
Apr 1 - 10:36 AM

Josh Fields (groin) indicated that he's close to returning from injury.

"I feel like things have been coming along pretty good," Fields said. Fields is likely to begin the season on the disabled list and has not thrown off the mound in the last week. He suffered the right groin strain in a Grapefruit League game on March 23. Despite the pitcher's confidence, there's still no timetable for his return.
Apr 1 - 10:11 AM

Astros designated OF Alex Presley for assignment.

The Astros would reportedly like to hang on to Presley, who can play all three outfield spots and offers flexibility, but it's possible that they attempt to trade him. While his bat is no great shakes (.244/.281/.346 last season), he's has value as a major league bench piece.
Apr 1 - 9:23 AM

Astros optioned 1B Jon Singleton to Triple-A Fresno.

Singleton hit just .213/.288/.340 during spring ball. He offers some pop in the bat (13 home runs in 310 at-bats in 2014). Singleton is still just 23 years old and has room to grow. Should he see a call-up later this season, he'll have value in deeper AL-only leagues.
Apr 1 - 9:10 AM

Astros optioned OF L.J. Hoes to Triple-A Fresno.

Hoes hit decently during spring training, but he doesn't amount to much more than a backup outfielder. He is a career .235/.288/.331 hitter.
Apr 1 - 9:03 AM

Astros optioned LHP Kevin Chapman to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Chapman pitched 21 and 1/3 innings for the Astros in 2014, putting up a 4.64 ERA and a WHIP of 1.547. While he's shown the ability to record solid numbers in the minors, the lefty isn't likely to see many high-leverage situations in the majors until he refines his control.
Apr 1 - 8:25 AM

Luke Gregerson has been named the Astros' closer.

It was a predictable decision. Gregerson posted a 2.12 ERA and 59/15 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings last season for the A's and should carry considerable fantasy value this year on a quickly-improving Astros team.
Mar 31 - 4:12 PM

Roberto Hernandez has been named the Astros' No. 5 starter.

Manager A.J. Hinch hasn't decided whether Hernandez will start the third, fourth or fifth game, but the veteran has been told he'll be part of the rotation. The veteran right-hander managed to post a decent 3.71 ERA this spring despite a 5/7 K/BB ratio over 17 innings. He's not a bad guy to have to eat innings, but there's no fantasy value to be had here.
Mar 30 - 9:03 PM

Astros purchased the contract of LHP Joe Thatcher from Triple-A Fresno.

Thatcher pretty much just had to not get hurt in order to make the team, and he cemented his case with a 1.23 ERA this spring. The veteran southpaw will be a lefty specialist.
Mar 30 - 8:32 PM


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