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Astros right-handed pitching prospect Vince Velasquez threw five innings for High-A Lancaster on Monday, scattering two hits, one walk, and two hit batsman while allowing two runs.

Velasquez was solid in his return from a groin injury, teaming with Josh Hader to shut down the High Desert Mavericks. Velasquez employs a low-mid-90s fastball and a well above-average change-up to keep batters off balance, and has the potential to be a solid No. 3 pitcher. He could see time in Houston as soon as late-2015, and may be in line for a promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi if he can stay healthy.
Jul 29 - 10:34 AM

Astros left-handed pitching prospect Josh Hader struck out three batters over four shutout innings, scattering two hits and one walk for High-A Lancaster on Monday.

Hader relieved Vince Velasquez and picked up the four inning save, which included holding Mariners prospect Gabriel Guerrero hitless in two at bats while striking him out once. Hader has silently dominated California League hitters in 2014, holding them to a .201/.286/.319 line while putting up a 10.1 K/9. He was picked in the 19th round in 2012, and was acquired from the Orioles with L.J. Hoes in exchange for Bud Norris during 2013, so he was not viewed as a top prospect prior to the season.
Jul 29 - 10:30 AM

Astros right-handed pitching prospect Michael Foltynewicz struck out 10 over six innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday.

Foltynewicz also allowed three hits (all singles), five walks, and two hit batsman. He has struggled since the middle of June, as opposing batters have hit .316/.418/.513 against him, good for a 1.860 WHIP. Foltynewicz's primary out pitch is his mid-90s fastball that touches triple digits, but his below-average command and lack of a second pitch that is average will likely turn him into a 7th or 8th inning option.
Jul 29 - 8:56 AM

Brett Oberholtzer picked up his third win after allowing three runs in 6 2/3 innings Monday against the A's.

Oberholtzer has given the Astros three straight quality starts, though the win tonight was his first since May 30 (he went on to spend most of June in the minors). He's back looking like a legitimate AL-only option, though he's not to be touched in mixed leagues.
Jul 28 - 11:57 PM

Chris Carter hit a three-run homer off Jesse Chavez on Monday, giving him 21 homers this year.

He hit the first of the Astros' four homers tonight. Carter is 10-for-29 in his last eight games, raising his average from .200 to .214.
Jul 28 - 11:51 PM

Jon Singleton has been working with hitting coach John Mallee on shortening his swing.

Mallee said the results so far have been "absolutely amazing" and Singleton just has to trust his new swing in game action. "I'm trying to get better each and every day," Singleton said. "I'm trying to make small adjustments and trying to adjust to what they throw me and stuff like that and trying to time the ball better. Nothing too major. Just daily adjustments." Singleton has homered seven times but is batting just .178 in 163 at-bats with the big club.
Jul 28 - 8:51 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal Monday that he's willing to trade one of the team's starters if he can "get back a big-league piece, preferably a bat."

Rosenthal lists Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh and Jarred Cosart as starters that could be on the move for the right price. "We do seem to have an excess of pretty good young starters so we wouldn’t rule anything out," Luhnow said. "We’d have to get back a big-league piece, preferably a bat, in a package that makes sense for the future and present." As Rosenthal points out, Keuchel, McHugh and Cosart all have fewer than two years of major-league service time, so the Astros will want something pretty good in return.
Jul 28 - 6:41 PM

Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with a home run and a stolen base in a loss to the Marlins on Sunday.

Altuve has been hitting out of his mind since the All-Star break -- which is saying something, considering he led the American League in average heading into the break -- going 18-for-42 (.429) with two homers and six runs scored. He also stole his 42nd base in the game, a good development after he'd been caught stealing in his only two attempts since the midsummer classic. The second baseman is now hitting an impressive .344/.378/.451 for the lowly Astros.
Jul 27 - 6:08 PM

Jon Singleton hit his seventh home run of the season in Sunday's loss to the Marlins.

Singleton took Marlins closer Steve Cishek deep in the ninth inning, just the second home run Cishek has allowed this season. It was Singleton's only hit in two at-bats, as he also walked twice. He's got seven home runs in 46 games but has struggled mightily at the dish, hitting .178/.266/.350 in his first taste of major league pitching.
Jul 27 - 6:00 PM

Collin McHugh struck out nine but allowed four runs over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Marlins on Sunday.

Making his first start since July 6, McHugh showed some rust in a three-run first inning. Despite allowing only a solo home run over the rest of his outing, McHugh took the loss, his sixth straight. The right-hander is 4-9 but owns a 3.45 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 102/34 K/BB ratio over 88 2/3 innings this year. He'll face off with the Blue Jays on Friday.
Jul 27 - 5:45 PM

Josh Zeid (foot) will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Zeid was placed on the disabled list Saturday with what's being called bilateral sesamoiditis in his left foot, but the Astros want to get a better look at the injury. Consider him out indefinitely for now.
Jul 27 - 11:48 AM

Astros prospect outfielder Delino DeShields went 1-for-3 with a home run and walk for Double-A Corpus Christi on Saturday.

DeShields has struggled in 2014, hitting .213/.342/.265 since the beginning of June and .238/.344/.336 for the season. DeShields has done well in center field and has a good eye at the plate, but he lacks over-the-wall power and has struggled when he was not hitting in the hitter-friendly environment of the California League. DeShields has been passed by George Springer, Domingo Santana, and Teoscar Hernandez, and projects as little more than a fourth outfielder.
Jul 27 - 11:37 AM

Astros recalled RHP Paul Clemens from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Clemens owns an ugly 6.08 ERA over 12 appearances with the Astros this season. He'll be used in middle relief.
Jul 27 - 10:57 AM

Astros prospect right-handed pitcher Mark Appel was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi.

Appel made a few mechanical tweaks prior to his start on Saturday, and had his best outing of the season, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out seven batters. Appel was the first overall pick in the 2013 draft and has struggled mightily in 2014, but the Astros are keeping the faith in the process and clearly feel that Appel's most recent start shows that he is ready for a new challenge.
Jul 27 - 10:32 AM

Astros activated RHP Collin McHugh from the 15-day disabled list.

McHugh will rejoin the rotation on Sunday against the Marlins. The right-hander missed the last couple weeks with a right fingernail avulsion but was cleared to return after tossing five innings of one-run ball in a rehab start. McHugh isn't a bad streaming option against the Fish.
Jul 27 - 8:33 AM


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