In a move that didn’t surprise many, the Houston Astros have finally given up on once top prospect Brett Wallace. After DFA’ing him earlier this offseason and bringing him back as a non-roster invitee this spring, the Astros chose to go elswhere at first base this season. Marc Krauss has been hitting the lights out, and with Japhet Amador and Jonathan Singleton close to the Majors, Wallace was not needed. Check out the rest of the links for more.
- Greg Thurston (Climbing Tal’s Hill) on Brett Wallace’s release.
he Astros gave Wallace every opportunity to get his game on track. Unfortunately, it just didn’t happen. Chances are he will catch on with another team and work his way back to the big leagues. At some point, we will probably see Jeff Luhnow’s former first round pick playing in Houston again. Only this time, he’ll be wearing a different uniform.
- Jose de Jesus Ortiz (Houston Chronicle) on Mark Appel returning to the mound.
- Ben Badler (Baseball America) (Subscribers only) reviewed the 2013 Astros international signings.
- Astros tweet of the day…
— Howard Chen (@ho_chenCSN) March 12, 2014
While there will never be a return to the “Linsanity” days in New York, that ability to strike inside and out, create for his teammates, get all the way to the rim and hit a critical shot from the outside is what can elevate Houston to being the most difficult offense to stop in the Western Conference.
- Rahat Huq (Red94) on the last week of James Harden, Dwight Howard, and Patrick Beverley.
- Jeff Caplan (NBA.com) says Patrick Beverley is a dirty defender.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
— Space City Sports (@LiveSCS) March 12, 2014
- Kiah Collier (Houston Chronicle) on the home of the Texans getting a new name.
“As the second largest generator in Texas since 2006 and Reliant’s parent company for four years, NRG Energy is no newcomer to Houston,” the statement said. “We are hopeful that the HCSCC votes to approve the change during its board meeting on March 19, and we look forward to continuing our support of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Houston Texans and all of the park’s events and activities.”
- Dave Zangaro (CSN Houston) on Joe Mays signing with the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Patrick D. Starr (State of the Texans) on the Texans working out five players.
- Texans tweet of the day…
— House Of Houston (@HouseOfHouston) March 12, 2014