Morgan Ensberg has become the Astros’ first Minor League mindset coach. It was a position created this offseason, and it puts Ensberg in the role of traveling around the system to make sure everyone is on the same page from a philosophical standpoint.
Less than a year after the Astros made him the second overall pick in the 2015 Draft, shortstop Alex Bregman will come to Major League camp with Houston this spring.
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Instead of ending the year with enough questions to fill an afternoon game show, the Astros — fresh off their surprising run to the postseason in 2015 — have positioned themselves to contend in the American League for the next few years.
The Astros were baseball’s biggest surprise team in 2015 and nearly took down eventual World Series champion Kansas City in the ALDS. Still, Houston’s out-of-nowhere rise to prominence signaled the start of what should be a prosperous era.
The Astros have agreed to a deal with Cuban right-hander Carlos Sierra, a source told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez on Thursday. Sierra, 21, is subject to international signing rules.
It’s been a whirlwind few months for Ken Giles. He settled nicely into the role as the closer for the Phillies, got married and went on a honeymoon in November, and then had to deal with a week of trade rumors before being sent to the Astros in a seven-player deal earlier this month.
The exact year the Astros’ long-term rebuilding plan was to start paying dividends had been up for debate for a while. But even the most optimistic of the prognosticators didn’t pick 2015 as the Astros’ probable re-entry into the postseason.
The Astros on Wednesday claimed right-hander Danny Reynolds off waivers from the Dodgers.
Astros No. 28 prospect Tyler White has been the driving force for Estrellas de Oriente, pacing all qualified hitters in the league with a .918 OPS, seven home runs, 30 RBIs, 76 total bases and 32 walks.
The Astros’ deal to acquire Ken Giles from the Phillies in a trade that sent five players to Philadelphia, including former No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel, demonstrates just how deep Houston’s farm system has become.
In multiple interviews after winning the 2015 American League Cy Young Award, left-hander Dallas Keuchel repeatedly gave credit to pitching coach Brent Strom and bullpen coach Craig Bjornson for helping him become one of the top pitchers in the game.