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Astros prospect right-hander Mark Appel has tossed 12 scoreless innings over three starts in the Arizona Fall League.

Appel really struggled with High-A Lancaster this season, but he thrived after a promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi in late July and has kept it going so far in the Arizona Fall League. The 23-year-old tossed five scoreless innings in his latest outing on Monday and has allowed just four hits with a 12/3 K/BB ratio over his three starts. "I don't know if there's one thing I can pick out and say this is what I'm doing differently than in the season," said Appel. "I think it's a combination of continuing to work hard, not giving up and trusting my stuff. I've gotten here because I'd been doing some things the right way and I'm continuing on the same track I tried to finish the season on in Corpus Christi."
Source: MiLB.com
Oct 21 - 8:34 AM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch rounded out his coaching staff on Friday by adding Dave Hudgens as his hitting coach.

Hudgens formerly served in the same capacity for the Mets before being let go midway through the 2014 season. Hinch also announced Friday that Gary Pettis will serve as his third base coach and oufield/baserunning coach. Rich Dauer, who spent the past two seasons as the manager at Double-A San Antonio in the Padres organization, will work as the first base coach and infield instructor.
Oct 17 - 7:57 PM

During a Twitter chat on Wednesday, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow wrote that prospect Carlos Correa (fibula) is expected to be fully recovered and ready for spring training.

Correa suffered a fractured fibula in June while playing with High-A Lancaster, but he has already resumed doing baseball activities, including running and fielding grounders. The 20-year-old was on the fast track to the majors prior to the injury and remains one of the game's most promising prospects.
Oct 15 - 3:26 PM

Jesus Guzman has elected free agency.

Guzman refuses his outright assignment to Triple-A Fresno. His lone season in Houston wound up being an unmitigated disaster, slashing a putrid .182/.272/.248 with two homers, nine RBI and a 52/19 K/BB ratio in 165 at-bats. He has shown the ability in the past to mash left-handed pitching, but will likely have to settle for a minor league deal with a spring training invitation.
Oct 11 - 9:00 AM

Astros sent LHP Rudy Owens outright to Triple-A Fresno.

Owens was roughed up badly in his one appearance at the major league level this season and he registered a disappointing 4.33 ERA across 135 innings at Triple-A.
Oct 9 - 3:54 PM

Astros sent 1B Jesus Guzman outright to Triple-A Fresno.

Guzman is now off Houston's 40-man roster. He batted just .182/.272/.248 in 69 games this season.
Oct 9 - 3:52 PM

Astros declined RHP Matt Albers' $3 million player option for 2015.

Albers was limited to eight appearances in 2014 due to shoulder problems. He's had some success as a middle reliever in the past and will only be 32 years old when the 2015 season begins, so the right-hander should have little trouble finding a new team.
Oct 9 - 3:50 PM

Carlos Correa (fibula) said Monday that he expects to be "at full strength in the very near future."

Correa suffered a fractured fibula in June at High-A Lancaster and won't play in any games this fall, but he should have a relatively normal winter. The 20-year-old shortstop prospect was the first overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft and has shown tremendous promise both offensively and defensively in his short minor league career. He should reach the majors sometime in 2016.
Oct 6 - 12:29 PM

Josh Zeid is set to undergo surgery to repair bilateral sesamoiditis his right foot on Monday.

Zeid had the same surgical procedure done on his left foot in late July. This will put his availability for spring training in question for 2015, which could impact his chances of cracking the Opening Day bullpen.
Oct 3 - 8:18 PM

The Astros officially introduced A.J. Hinch as their new manager at a press conference Monday.

Hinch, who most recently served as vice president and assistant general manager with the Padres, previously managed the Diamondbacks during part of the 2009 and 2010 seasons, going 89-123. He interviewed with the Astros after the 2012 season before the team picked Bo Porter but this time beat out nine other candidates for the job. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says Hinch is "well-versed with the team’s emphasis on statistical analysis."
Sep 29 - 6:50 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros have hired A.J. Hinch as their new manager.

This confirms a report from Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, who wrote that Hinch was "close" to being hired. The Astros are expected to make an official announcement of the hiring at 6:30 p.m. ET. Tom Lawless finished out the season as manager after Bo Porter was fired in early September, but the Astros decided to go another direction for 2015. Hinch, who recently served as vice president and assistant GM with the Padres, previously managed the Diamondbacks from 2009 through the middle of 2010.
Sep 29 - 4:26 PM

Nick Tropeano was touched up for four runs on six hits and three walks over just five innings in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

He recorded just one strikeout, needing 85 pitches to cover the five frames. Tropeano didn't embarrass himself in his brief major league audition -- posting a 4.57 ERA over four starts -- but the 24-year-old could probably use a bit more seasoning at Triple-A.
Sep 28 - 4:40 PM

Jose Altuve had a double and an RBI single in four at-bats Sunday to finish with a major league-best .341 batting average for the season.

Altuve talked his way into the lineup and wound up extending his American League batting crown lead with Victor Martinez going 0-for-3. The tiny second baseman finishes the year with a fantastic .341/.377/.453 batting line, seven homers, 59 RBI and 56 stolen bases. He was easily the most valuable second baseman in fantasy this season and among the most valuable overall.
Sep 28 - 4:12 PM

Jose Altuve is starting at second base on Sunday after all.

Altuve originally wasn't in the lineup as an organizational decision in order to protect his American League batting title lead. However, the diminutive second baseman was passionate about wanting to play (and outrage on social media likely also played a part) and the Astros caved.
Sep 28 - 12:43 PM

Jose Altuve is not in the Astros' lineup Sunday.

He has started 156 games this season but will sit the last one out. Assuming he doesn't make a pinch-hitting appearance, Altuve will finish the year with a major league-leading .340 average and 223 hits (if Victor Martinez and his .337 mark doesn't catch him).
Sep 28 - 11:05 AM

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