Player News - Astros

Date: Team: Pos:

Astros recalled OF Jake Marisnick from Triple-A Fresno.

Marisnick was demoted to the minor leagues on May 16 after batting just .141/.151/.282 over his first 87 plate appearances, but the Astros need him right now with Josh Reddick battling a leg infection.
May 23 - 10:54 AM

Astros placed OF Josh Reddick on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 21, with a leg infection.

This has been a lingering thing for Reddick, though he should be able to return from the DL when first eligible late next week. Jake Marisnick will replace him on the Astros' roster for now. Reddick, 31, has a .740 OPS with six homers and one stolen base in 42 games this year.
May 23 - 10:53 AM

Tony Kemp went 2-for-2 and drove in five runs on Tuesday, leading the Astros' offense in an 11-2 thrashing of the Giants.

Kemp strolled to the plate with the bases loaded in the fourth inning and delivered a two-run single that increased the Astros' lead to 5-0. He would add a sacrifice fly in the sixth and an RBI single in the seventh before it's all said and done. The 26-year-old is hitting a robust .429/.438/.500 with six RBI in his first 17 plate appearances with the Astros this season. There's fantasy upside here for those in leagues that allow daily lineup changes.
May 23 - 12:53 AM

Alex Bregman went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI as the Astros routed the Giants on Tuesday.

Bregman capped off the damage in the three-run third inning with a run-scoring double. He then contributed another RBI double as part of a second three-run uprising in the sixth inning. The 24-year-old is now slashing .270/.381/.427 with four homers and 19 RBI. He also stole his fourth base of the season in Tuesday's victory.
May 23 - 12:53 AM

J.D. Davis drew three walks and came around to score three times as the Astros routed the Giants on Tuesday.

Officially, Davis finished the night 0-for-1 with a strikeout. The 25-year-old started in left field in this one, but his clearest path to everyday at-bats with the Astros would probably be at the designated hitter spot in place of the struggling Evan Gattis. Keep an eye on him, as he could become an interesting commodity if cracking the lineup regularly.
May 23 - 12:53 AM

Gerrit Cole continued his dominance on Tuesday, allowing just two runs on four hits over six innings in a victory over the Giants.

The right-hander racked up another eight strikeouts in this one against three walks. The only success against him came on Brandon Crawford's two-run homer in the fifth inning. Next to teammate Justin Verlander, there hasn't been a better pitcher in all of baseball this season. Cole now sits at 5-1 with a microscopic 1.86 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 101/17 K/BB ratio in his 67 2/3 innings (13.43 K/9). He'll do battle against the Indians his next time out in Cleveland on Sunday.
May 23 - 12:53 AM

Astros top pitching prospect Forrest Whitley is due to join the rotation at Double-A Corpus Christi the second week of June.

Whitley was handed a 50-game suspension back in February for a violation of the minor league drug program and he came down with a minor lat injury a couple weeks ago while ramping up his throwing program. The 20-year-old right-hander posted a promising 2.83 ERA with 143 strikeouts in 92 1/3 innings (18 starts, five relief appearances) last season between three different levels of the Astros' minor league system. He could still make his MLB debut at some point in late 2018.
Source: The Athletic
May 22 - 10:06 PM

Astros OF prospect Drew Ferguson went 3-for-4 with a run scored on Monday for Triple-A Fresno.

Ferguson also walked, and by reaching four times he raises his on-base percentage to a rather healthy .448 on the season. He's hitting for average, too (.329), and his .450 slugging percentage shows that he's making hard contact, as well. Ferguson has a line-drive stroke, and he's a stolen base threat with his above-average speed as well. It will be hard for him to find a ton of playing time as long as he's in the Houston system, but there's enough talent here for him to become a regular. He just might need a trade in order for it to become reality.
May 22 - 12:41 PM

Astros RHP prospect Christian Javier struck out nine over four shutout innings on Monday for Low-A Quad Cities.

Javier, 21, scattered three hits and walked one hitter. Signing for $10,000 in June of 2015, Javier has been excellent for the River Bandits in 2018; with a 2.18 ERA and 56 strikeouts in just 33 innings so far. He locates a low 90s fastball with movement, and he has two pitches that can miss bats in his slider and curve. He likely won't pile up the strikeouts like this at the highest level, but his command and movement could make him a mid-rotation starter when he's ready to go in a couple of seasons.
May 22 - 11:57 AM

Astros released 1B Jon Singleton.

The former top prospect batted just .171/.290/.331 over 420 plate appearances with the Astros from 2014-15 and didn't hit much the last two years in the minors, either. He was suspended 100 games in January following a third positive test for a drug of abuse. Singleton is still just 26 and should resurface somewhere, but obviously his future outlook is cloudy.
May 21 - 8:29 PM

Brian McCann blasted a two-run homer on Sunday, powering the Astros to a 3-1 victory over the Indians on Sunday night.

His two-run shot off of Indians' starter Carlos Carrasco broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning. It was McCann's lone hit in three at-bats on the night and he's now hitting .248/.347/.396 with four homers and 14 RBI on the season.
May 20 - 11:02 PM

Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 and swiped his third base of the season as the Astros defeated the Indians on Sunday night in Houston.

While Altuve hasn't been running wild on the bases like he had in previous seasons, he's still hitting a terrific .316/.367/.420 with two homers and 20 RBI. From a fantasy perspective though, owners are surely expecting more power and speed out of a player that they invested an early first-round selection in.
May 20 - 11:02 PM

Ken Giles slammed the door on the Indians in the ninth inning on Sunday, recording the final two outs to earn his eighth save of the season.

Giles came on with a man at third and one out in the ninth, allowing the inherited runner to score before closing out the ballgame. He has now converted each of his first eight save chances on the season while compiling a 3.60 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 12/0 K/BB ratio in his 15 innings of work.
May 20 - 11:00 PM

Lance McCullers was dominant in Sunday's victory over the Indians, allowing just one hit and a pair of walks over seven shutout innings.

McCullers racked up eight strikeouts on the night. The right-hander retired the first 15 hitters that he faced until Jason Kipnis lined a single into right field to lead off the sixth inning. With the victory, McCullers improves to 6-2 on the season to go along with a 3.20 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 66/23 K/BB ratio across 59 innings. He'll look to replicate this fine effort on Saturday in a rematch against these same Indians in Cleveland.
May 20 - 11:00 PM

Josh Reddick (leg) returned to the Astros' starting lineup on Sunday.

Reddick missed the previous two games due to leg irritation. He's batting fifth against Carlos Carrasco and the Indians on Sunday night.
May 20 - 4:41 PM


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