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03-27

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Prospectus Feature: How the Astros do Spring Training
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Howard Megdal

03-18

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Every Team's Moneyball: Houston Astros: Luhnow Life Financial
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Zachary Levine

03-03

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Rumor Roundup: Shift Happenings
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Chris Mosch

02-19

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Painting the Black: The Last Shall Be First
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R.J. Anderson

02-16

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Transaction Analysis: The Major-League Relievers Signing Minor-League Deals
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R.J. Anderson

02-06

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Rumor Roundup: How Many Trades Would it Take to Makes Shields a Cub?
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Daniel Rathman

01-28

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Rumor Roundup: Only Half Of These Rumors Concern Kevin Correia
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Daniel Rathman

01-26

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Daisy Cutter: (A)nother (S)eason (T)hreatening (R)ecords (O)f (S)trikeouts
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Sahadev Sharma

01-26

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Rumor Roundup: Papelbon Not Proven Closer To Milwaukee
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Chris Mosch

01-22

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Rumor Roundup: Jonathan Singleton Is Probably Not the Breakout Candidate You're Looking For
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Chris Mosch

01-22

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Transaction Analysis: Colby Rasmus is the Astros
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R.J. Anderson

01-15

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Transaction Analysis: Astros Get Evan
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Carsley, Jordan Gorosh and Jeff Moore

01-07

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Skewed Left: An Astro for the Ages
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Zachary Levine

01-06

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Ninety Percent Mental: Fortune Favors The Bold
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Lewie Pollis

01-06

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19

Moonshot: The Changing Hall of Fame Criteria
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Robert Arthur

12-16

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Transaction Analysis: The Headley Weapon
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: League-Worst Bullpen No More
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R.J. Anderson

11-07

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Transaction Analysis: The Congering
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R.J. Anderson and Mauricio Rubio

10-31

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Fantasy Team Preview: Houston Astros
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Keith Cromer

10-01

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Transaction Analysis: Playing a Hinch
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R.J. Anderson

09-23

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Prospectus Feature: Colin Moran and the Matter of Draft Status
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Jeff Moore

09-09

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Baseball Therapy: Poisoned by Losing?
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Russell A. Carleton

09-08

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What You Need to Know: Sept. 8, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-02

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Transaction Analysis: Bo Gone
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Mark Anderson

08-02

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The Call-Up: Mike Foltynewicz
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Jason Parks and Mauricio Rubio

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Astros, Marlins, Swap Sell-Low Guys
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Zachary Levine, Jeff Moore, J.P. Breen and Jason Parks

07-25

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Notes from the Field: What's Wrong With Appel
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Chris Rodriguez

07-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 498: The Astros' Draft Postmortem
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-23

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2014 Draft
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Nick J. Faleris

07-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 494: Evan Drellich on the Astros' Aiken Pains
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Ben Lindbergh and Zachary Levine

07-17

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Painting the Black: The Stealth Steals
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R.J. Anderson

07-14

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 14, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

07-03

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BP Top 50
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Nick J. Faleris, Jason Parks and Ron Shah

07-02

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The Call-Up: Domingo Santana
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Ron Shah and Mauricio Rubio

07-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 482: The Astros' Leaked Trade Talks
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-27

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Raising Aces: Houston, We Have Lift-Off
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Doug Thorburn

06-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 480: The David Price Trading Game
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-05

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Skewed Left: The Economics of the Singleton Extension
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Zachary Levine

06-04

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The Call-Up: Jonathan Singleton
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Chris Rodriguez and Craig Goldstein

06-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 462: The Singleton Extension and the Franchise Player Draft
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-03

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Transaction Analysis: Single's Going Steady
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R.J. Anderson

06-02

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This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Days Five and Six: Houston
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 457: Do the Astros Have a Perception Problem?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-22

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Skewed Left: Dallas Keuchel Defies his Destiny
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Zachary Levine

05-21

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Eyewitness Accounts: May 21, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

05-07

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Painting the Black: Rites of Springer
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R.J. Anderson

04-28

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: April 28, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

04-18

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Skewed Left: How Service Time Dictates Top Prospect Promotions
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Zachary Levine

04-17

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The Call-Up: George Springer
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Nick J. Faleris and Craig Goldstein

04-14

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: April 14, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

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January 7, 2015 6:00 am

Skewed Left: An Astro for the Ages

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Zachary Levine

Craig Biggio is a well-deserving Hall of Famer and the first Astro to be enshrined, but it's odd that he may not even be the best player eligible for Cooperstown on his Astros teams.

Fifty-three years into a lifespan that’s included—to various degrees of infuriation—one decade of infantile ineptitude, two more of talent and teases, another of almost-excellence and a most recent of putridity, the Houston Astros have their first Hall-of-Famer.

Other Hall of Famers have played for the Astros – Nolan Ryan and Joe Morgan, who had significant time in Houston, did, as did some forgotten Astros and Colt .45s like Robin Roberts, Nellie Fox and now Randy Johnson—he of two months service.

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January 6, 2015 6:00 am

Ninety Percent Mental: Fortune Favors The Bold

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Lewie Pollis

Adding a win affects playoff odds by a higher magnitude than if a win is taken away. Why, and what does it mean for teams?

The first time you find yourself immersed in a group of sabermetricians is a magical experience. For me, it was the SABR Analytics Conference in March 2013. I have vivid memories of just about everything that happened that weekend: the roar of the crowd when the U.S. played Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, the patience of the numerous baseball luminaries who gave me the time of day even after talking to umpteen other kids, how lost I got on the first day when I assumed the streets of Phoenix were laid out in chronological order of the Presidents for which they were named.

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January 6, 2015 6:00 am

Moonshot: The Changing Hall of Fame Criteria

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Robert Arthur

In what direction are voting totals trending for marginal candidates, and are steroids actually to blame?

Every year, the Hall of Fame vote brings a great deal of vitriol to baseball. With each year’s ballot, we are confronted by the specter of the steroid era, always a sore subject. But even neglecting the steroid era candidates, the BBWAA voters manage to produce a handful of idiotic ballots, defended with harebrained rationales, sometimes leading to obvious omissions.

It would be easy to pin the Hall’s recent mismanagement solely on the steroid issue, but the problems do not stop there. There’s a clear backlog of players that’s been developing for more than ten years, leaving deserving stars (with no steroid evidence against them) like Tim Raines and Curt Schilling on the outside. The situation is especially dire for pitchers, where the voters seem to rely upon outdated benchmarks like 300 wins, which even the best modern pitchers simply cannot hope to reach. This failure is through no fault of their own—pitcher usage patterns and injuries have changed the game. Clinging to the old milestones has the effect of artificially increasing the standards for induction, so that only the most inner-circle, obvious Hall players can make it.

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December 16, 2014 12:04 am

Transaction Analysis: The Headley Weapon

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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

The Yankees re-sign Chase Headley, the Astros get a hitter to play shortstop, and Brett Anderson has incentives.

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December 11, 2014 12:45 am

Transaction Analysis: League-Worst Bullpen No More

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R.J. Anderson

The Astros pick up two relievers who should add some credibility to the team's late-inning efforts.

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November 7, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Congering

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R.J. Anderson and Mauricio Rubio

The Angels make a pair of trades to bolster their pitching staff; the Astros get a new pitch-framer who might make Jason Castro tradeable.



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October 31, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Houston Astros

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Keith Cromer

After showing a 19-game improvement in 2014, the slowly rebuilding Astros boast several intriguing fantasy options.

The 2017 World Series champs? Well, that’s what one publication boldly predicted earlier this year. Maybe that prediction was based on all the previous BP staffers on the current Astros payroll, maybe not, but while a 2017 World Series appearance may seem like a stretch for a team that has averaged 104 losses the past four seasons, and has only appeared in one World Series in their 53-year team history, there is reason for optimism for Astros fans. The next wave of top prospects—Carlos Correa, Mark Appel, Colin Moran, among others—should arrive in Houston over the next couple of years to join an already young nucleus of talented players.

The Astros did lose 92 games last year, but on the flipside, they improved by 19 games in 2014 with their core of young players. They also accomplished that 19-game improvement despite having players lose 902 games to the DL and a bullpen that blew a league-leading 25 saves. They are a young team that does swing and miss a bunch, but it’s an exciting roster and one that could yield multiple fantasy contributors.

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October 1, 2014 5:21 am

Transaction Analysis: Playing a Hinch

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R.J. Anderson

The Astros hire a new manager, the Twins fire an old one.

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What are we talking about when we talk about disappointment?

"(A box score) doesn't tell how big you are, what church you attend, what color you are, or how your father voted in the last election. It just tells what kind of baseball player you were on that particular day."Branch Rickey

If only it were still that simple. Back when Rickey was making personnel decisions for major-league organizations, and those last three traits were actually factors in how people were judged, it was a lot easier to evaluate a ballplayer without knowing too much about him. But with phones and tablets now as essential to the scouting toolbox as a stopwatch, with three different prospect rankings appearing on players’ Baseball-Reference pages, with signing bonuses public (and publicy debated), with the conversation about some players’ draft stock now rivaling the lifespan and intrigue of a presidential primary, that’s no longer the case.

Colin Moran is not a bad baseball player. The University of North Carolina doesn’t recruit bad baseball players. Bad baseball players don’t get popped sixth overall in the major-league draft. And bad baseball players don’t hit .296 between High- and Double-A, as Moran did in 2014, his first full year among the professional ranks.

Yet to hear many evaluators talk—to hear me at certain points during this season—you might think Moran is just terrible. Throughout a season of sitting behind home plate, I saw no player inspire more head shakes, shoulder shrugs and eye rolling than Moran. "How was this guy the sixth-best amateur player in the country last year,” I heard from more than one scout. I wasn't terribly kind in my initial write-up of Moran, saying "I came away feeling very underwhelmed with the player."

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The Astros have lost a lot by design. Are they going to pay an on-field price?

Well, the Astros made news again last week by firing manager Bo Porter. According to media reports, which is the adult way of saying “I heard it from Larry in algebra class,” it was due to disagreements between Porter and general manager Jeff Luhnow. There seems to be a lot of that around nowadays. The Astros will break their streak of consecutive 100 loss seasons this year, but there’s no doubt it’s been rough for the past few years on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Luhnow is now the wampeter of the baseball karass (a billion points for that reference) and, strangely for such a mild-mannered guy, might be the most polarizing figure in the game today. Whether it’s fair or not, a narrative has developed around the Astros that their ruthless rebuild, while it may eventually prove effective, is an exercise in masochism. Sure, they needed to be rebuilt and rebuilds involve pain, but aren’t they playing Breaking Madden with a real live baseball team?

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September 8, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Sept. 8, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Buster Posey goes for MVP consideration, the Angels pound their way to the top of one leaderboard, Nelson Cruz makes a run for a HR crown, and, in an Oakland ninth inning, the best fun fact of the month.

The Weekend Takeaway
After Friday’s game, Chris Carter now has 36 home runs on the year, putting him hot on the trails of Nelson Cruz and Giancarlo Stanton for the MLB lead. The A’s, who shipped Carter to the Astros on February 4, 2013, as part of a package to acquire Jed Lowrie, don’t mind that. They just kindly request that the 27-year-old Bay Area native stop going yard against them.


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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Bo Gone

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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Mark Anderson

The Astros fire their manager, the A's trade for Adam Dunn, Kelly Johnson becomes a pretty crazy trivia answer, and more.

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