Player News - Astros

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A.J. Reed will DH and bat sixth Saturday in his major league debut against the Royals.

He has an enticing matchup against light-throwing veteran Chris Young. Reed was called up to the majors after hitting .266 with 11 HR and 36 RBI in 59 games for Triple-A Fresno. He was among the top hitters in minor league baseball last season when he clobbered 34 HR in 135 games between High-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi. Reed could stay in the majors for good if he gets off to a hot start.
Jun 25 - 4:25 PM

Astros designated C Alfredo Gonzalez for assignment.

The move clears a spot for A.J. Reed on the 40-man roster. Gonzalez was batting .158/.236/.205 over 44 games in Double-A and has a decent chance to pass through waivers.
Jun 25 - 3:33 PM

Astros purchased the contract of 1B A.J. Reed from Triple-A Fresno.

The move is now official. Reed is expected to make his major league debut as the designated hitter Saturday against the Royals. The 23-year-old didn't exactly put up monster numbers in Triple-A this year (.266/.345/.509 with 11 home runs through 59 games), but he was riding an eight-game hitting streak and hit three homers along the way. The Astros could sit him against left-handers initially, but his power and patience makes him worth adding in most fantasy formats.
Jun 25 - 10:52 AM

George Springer blasted a grand slam as part of a three hit day, leading the Astros to a 13-4 victory over the Royals on Friday.

Springer led off the game with a triple and followed it up with the grand slam the same inning. He finished the game 3-for-5 with a walk, five RBI and two runs scored. Springer has been a near-elite fantasy force with 16 home runs, 51 runs scored, 46 RBI, six steals and a .266 batting average.
Jun 25 - 1:54 AM

Dallas Keuchel earned a win by hurling 6 1/3 innings of four-run baseball on Friday in Kansas City.

Keuchel struck out only two batters and also walked two. He gave up 11 hits, two of which escaped the yard. It was not a very encouraging outing for his bedraggled fantasy owners. The win improves his record to 4-9 with a 5.35 ERA. That is not at all what his owners paid for in drafts this Spring. His 3.44 xFIP hints at better things on the horizon.
Jun 25 - 1:48 AM

Colby Rasmus filled the box score by going 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored on Friday versus the Royals.

Rasmus played like an MVP for the first three weeks of the season but had been awful ever since. Tonight he cheered his owners up immensely. Rasmus has been very streaky throughout his career, so perhaps this game is the start of something good. He now has a .245 batting average with ten home runs, 26 runs, 39 RBI and four steals.
Jun 25 - 1:26 AM

The Astros announced that A.J. Reed will be called up from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday.

The move was reported earlier in the evening on Friday and now the Astros have confirmed it, as Tony Kemp was sent down to Triple-A Fresno to clear a spot on the active roster. Reed figures to see most of his at-bats at first base, but Julia Morales of ROOT Sports hears that he'll serve as the designated hitter in his major league debut on Saturday.
Jun 24 - 11:30 PM

Astros optioned INF/OF Tony Kemp to Triple-A Fresno.

A.J. Reed will take his place on the roster when he is officially called up on Saturday. Kemp batted .238/.340/.357 in 22 games during his first stint in the majors and figures to get another chance later this summer.
Jun 24 - 11:26 PM

Luis Valbuena exited Friday's game against the Royals with lower back tightness.

Valbuena went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored before exiting in the second inning. It's probably safe to call him day-to-day.
Jun 24 - 10:02 PM

Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle confirms that the Astros are calling up prospect first baseman A.J. Reed.

This confirms a report from 1250 AM WLRT in Lexington, Kentucky. The Astros have yet to make an official announcement, but Reed is expected to join the team on Saturday. The 23-year-old is batting .266/.345/.509 with 11 home runs through 59 games this season with Triple-A Fresno. While those numbers aren't quite on par with what he did last year between High-A and Double-A, he has been on a major tear of late, hitting .372 with three homers and five doubles over his last 10 games. The Astros could sit him against some southpaws, but he should get most of the playing time at first base. His power makes him worth adding in most fantasy formats.
Jun 24 - 8:08 PM

Will Harris tallied his sixth save of the season Wednesday in the Astros' 3-2 defeat of the Angels.

Harris gave up three singles and one earned run before ending the game on a Mike Trout lineout with Houston still leading 3-2. It was only the third run allowed by Harris this season. He has a shiny 0.83 ERA and 32/6 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 total innings.
Jun 22 - 5:35 PM

Lance McCullers tossed 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a no-decision against the Angels.

McCullers gave up an RBI single to Yunel Escobar in the top of the third, but he did well in the other jams created by his three walks and six hits allowed. McCullers struck out six Anaheim hitters and now boasts 56 strikeouts in 46 innings for the year. His ERA is down to 3.91. Up next for the 22-year-old right-hander is a road start against these same Angels.
Jun 22 - 5:31 PM

According to the Houston Chronicle, the Astros have agreed to terms with first-round pick Forrest Whitley.

He got a well-above-slot $3,148,000 signing bonus. Whitley was drafted 17th overall on June 9 after posting a 0.31 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 68 innings this year for a high school in San Antonio. He is 6-foot-7 with a mid-90s fastball and decent off-speed stuff, but we wouldn't expect the 18-year-old right-hander to rise very quickly. Whitley will probably begin his pro career in a short-season league.
Jun 22 - 12:42 PM

Carlos Correa went 2-for-4 with a home run and a two-run, walk-off single to give the Astros a 3-2 win over the Angels on Tuesday.

Correa hit a solo home run in the fifth inning before coming to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the ninth. He roped a Huston Street pitch to the right-center field wall to plate two and give the Astros the come-from-behind win. Correa has heated up considerably in recent days, going 8-for-21 with three homers, seven RBI and five runs scored in his last six games. The 21-year-old is batting .263/.361/.452 in 68 games overall.
Jun 22 - 12:50 AM

Collin McHugh held the Angels to two runs over seven innings but didn't factor in the decision Tuesday.

McHugh gave up five hits and a walk while striking out six in the start. Despite pitching well, he left in line for his sixth loss before the Astros came back to win it in the ninth. McHugh has pitched well enough to win his last two starts but remains 5-5 with a 4.70 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through 15 starts. He'll get another shot at the Angels when the two teams meet again on Monday.
Jun 22 - 12:39 AM


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