Tarleton State opened the 2018 Houston Winter Invitational with a thrilling 10-inning 11-9 victory over Henderson State on Friday that didn’t come easy despite an eight-run lead after 7 1/2 innings.
Freshman Donovan Ditto drove in four runs with a two-run home run and a two-run double to lift Central Missouri to an 8-3 win over St. Mary’s (Texas) in the third and final game Friday of the Houston Winter Invitational at Minute Maid Park.
As Black History Month commences, it’s worth noting that the Astros’ Robert Ford became only the second African-American broadcaster to call play-by-play during a World Series-clinching game.
Forrest Whitley, the hard-throwing right-handed pitcher the Astros drafted in the first round of the 2016 Draft, won’t be in Major League camp when Spring Training opens in two weeks, but the club’s top pitching prospect could get some limited Grapefruit League action.
This will be an important spring for Astros infielder Tyler White, who made impressive strides last year and has shown flashes of being a viable big league hitter. Finding a spot on the 25-man roster will be the biggest challenge for the 27-year-old.
The Astros will host the sixth annual Houston Winter Invitational this weekend at Minute Maid Park. Tickets for the tournament can be purchased at Astros.com/Invitational. The tournament will feature six NCAA Division II universities, squaring off in nine games across the three days.
Last year’s Houston lineup was easily the best in baseball and was actually one of the best in baseball history. Can they do it again in 2018 — or be even better? There’s a few reasons to think that they can, and one big reason why not.
If there was anyone in the room unclear why Carlos Correa was receiving the Joan Payson-Shannon Forde Humanitarian Award at the 95th annual New York Baseball Writers’ Association of America Dinner on Sunday night, the Astros’ shortstop erased any lingering doubt.
Despite dealing away a bevy of prospects in recent trades for pitchers Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole and catcher Brian McCann, the Astros’ farm system remains stocked with some high-end talent.
The Houston Astros announced several 2018 non-roster invites to Major League Spring Training today, which includes eight pitchers, three catchers, three infielders and five outfielders for a total of 19 players. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.
Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, who spent three of his 24 seasons playing for his hometown Astros, saw a small surge in his Hall of Fame voting numbers unveiled Wednesday, but remained well short of the 75 percent needed for induction.
It’s reasonable to expect Astros outfield prospect Kyle Tucker to be in the team’s Opening Day lineup in 2019 at 22 years old. And as well as Tucker as progressed through the Minor Leagues, he could make his big-league debut at some point this year.