The Houston Astros made another move to gear up for the 2014 season by claiming Alex Presley off waivers. Presley comes from the Minnesota Twins where he hit just .189 in 37 at bats this spring. The 28-year old has also seen time with the Pittsburgh Pirates in his career, and he owns a .264/.304/.411 triple slash line in four seasons at the Major League level. Presley will serve as the team’s backup outfielder for the time being. Check out the rest of the links for more.
- Craig Calcaterra (Hardball Talk) previews the 2014 Astros.
While every fan likes to think of their team’s prospects as the answers to all of the team’s problems, they usually aren’t. The guys in the bigs are better and they’re there for a reason. That isn’t quite so cut-and-dried with the Astros. Yes, adding Dexter Fowlerand Scott Feldman improve this club, as does revamping the worst bullpen in all of baseball. But it really is the case that the team’s top prospects could not only provide hope for the future, but cold make the team better than it would otherwise be without them.
- Evan Drellich (Houston Chronicle) on the role of Brad Peacock and Jerome Williams.
- Greg Thurston (Climbing Tal’s Hill) on phase one of rebuilding.
- Astros tweet of the day…
Literally took five minutes for someone to compare Cabrera to the Astros. https://t.co/YzBjv8KhWN
— Tyler Stafford (@JeffBlogwell) March 27, 2014
The statistics have been there. Harden leads NBA shooting guards in points and assists per game and in “clutch” scoring, along with the advanced analytics of player efficiency rating and win shares. In 12 games in March, Harden has made 50.8 percent of his shots and 45.6 of his 3-pointers, averaging 26.5 points and 6.7 assists.
- Dave Leonardis (Bleacher Report) goes over the team’s best and worst case playoff opponents.
- Rahat Huq (Red94) took a look at where the Western Conference stands.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
Curious to see if local sports radio will almost entirely ignore the #Rockets when they reach the playoffs like they do now.
— Jeff Balke (@jeffbalke) March 27, 2014
- Jim Corbett (USA Today) spoke with Rick Smith who think the Texans can find a franchise QB in this year’s draft.
“I can’t say it anymore clear. This group has some guys. I don’t talk individuals,” Smith told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. “It’s a deep board at a number of positions. And the quarterback position is one of them.”
- John McClain (Houston Chronicle) says the Texans were impressed with Johnny Manziel’s Pro Day.
- Stephen Forsha (Toro Times) on Manziel’s performance.
- Texans tweet of the day…
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) March 27, 2014