With all the organizational top 10 lists and top 100 MiLB prospect lists going around these days, it’s hard to keep track of who said what. Yesterday, Jim Callis (MLB.com) put out a unique list of best position player/pitching prospect combination in all of the minor-leagues. You guessed it (though the title gave it away)! Callis chose the combination of Carlos Correa and Mark Appel as the top combination amongst 30 teams. Sure, that was expected with both being the first overall pick in the last two drafts, but it’s a nice reminder that brighter times are ahead in Houston. Check out the rest of the links for more!
- Brian McTaggart (MLB.com) says George Springer will play in Houston in 2014. It’s a matter of when?
Springer, 24, wasn’t promoted to the Majors Leagues last year because the Astros didn’t need to put him on the 40-man roster just yet and wanted to save that roster spot. Luhnow didn’t rule out Springer making the Opening Day roster in 2014, but he emphasized that Springer is an everyday player and would have to win a starting job.
- Alex (AstrosTurf) on FanFest and talking with Reid Ryan.
- Jim Callis (MLB.com) ranks Correa and Appel as the best hitting/pitching prospect combination in baseball.
- Astros tweet of the day…
— MiLB.com (@MiLB) January 28, 2014
- Jonathan Feigen (Houston Chronicle) says the Rockets got a taste of playoff basketball against the Grizzlies.
“We have a lot of young guys just learning how to play this game,” Howard said. “Everything comes in time. We’re going to have our growing pains. We can’t look at anything in a negative way. Just stay positive. We still have to play hard, go out there, play aggressive, but still understand we’re a team, a great team in progress. It doesn’t happen overnight. We’re going to have really good games. We’re going to have really bad games. That’s what happens when you play 82 games. But we have to learn from each mistake we make.
- Jonathan Feigen (Houston Chronicle) on the Rockets needing a win.
- CSN Houston (Video) on Clutch running the Houston marathon.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
— Rocketgirl (@00rocketgirl) January 29, 2014
- Dave Zangaro (CSN Houston) on former teammates’ reaction to coach Vrabel.
The Texans’ new linebackers coach played in the NFL for 14 seasons, and according to his former teammates, he wasn’t just one of the most knowledgeable players in the game, he was a teacher too.
- Tania Ganguli (ESPN) rounds up the coaches on the defensive side of the ball.
- Dave Zangaro/James Palmer (CSN Houston) take a look at the Texans quarterback position in 2013.
- Texans tweet of the day…
— Nick Mathews (@Nick_Mathews) January 27, 2014