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11/26/12: Happy Thanksgiving 2012

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Well, the good news is that I ended up cooking only pies and cranberry sauce. Sons 1-3 cooked the cornbread (with a little help, yes) and roasted the turkey legs. The giant feast was held at my Mama and Daddy’s and they are recuperating on life support, as Daddy overdosed on sugared pecans and Mama on coffee. NOW they see why I got tired of doing this every year. And why we are stricter than Carrie Nation about our No Alcohol No Kidding rule (hint: alcohol does NOT make everyone who drinks it more fun, more pleasant and a better conversationalist…)

Remembering 06
remembering 07
remembering 08
remembering last year

And best of all, we are not STILL eating turkey and ham. Although my kidsss would most certainly not complain about getting turkey legs. They are, however, complaining about the end of endless desserts.

And speaking of just desserts,  JB Shuck signed a minor league contract with the Angels – not that he has much of any chance to play on their ML team with Trout, Bourjois and Mark Trumbo in the OF – not to mention the virtually worthless Vernon Wells taking the 4th OF spot on the bench because he costs so much. Brian Bixler (utility IF who is a AAAA guy) signed with the Mets.

We haven’t signed any FA, regardless of cost.

Brian Bogusevic signed a free agent contract (minor league) with the Cubs. I wish him luck. The Astros wasted THREE years of his young life. Stupid player development people. A lot of baseball success isn’t talent – it’s being in the right place at the right time and having the right people like you. And not having stupid player development people screw up your career.

And speaking of players to develop – prospect lists are out.

Here is Marc Hulet (Fangraphs) Top 15 (Singleton is #1) then Correa, DeShields, Springer, McCullers, Cosart, Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz, Carlos Perez (Brandon Lyon trade), Tropeano. Of those, 6 are Astros draft picks. You notice the absence of Jio Mier. Also Jonathan Villar, Domingo Santana, Ariel Ovando, and a whole bunch of guys who were pimped last year. Hulet’s reports are free, everyone else is subscription only.

Here is Baseball America’s Top 10 (Correa is #1) – then Singleton, Springer, McCullers, Foltynewicz, DeShields, Cosart, Ruiz, Tropeano, Fontana. Note that they don’t list anyone from the Bourn trade, anyone from the Wandy trade, anyone from the Chris Johnson trade, anyone from the Brett Myers or Brandon Lyon trade. Last year’s list had Jonathan Villar (uck), Brett Oberholzer (who the Organization likes, and is pimping and may very well make the ML team at some time this year, of not next) and Telvin Nash (who has incredible power, but strikes out most of the time and has a low BA as well).

Here is Baseball Prospectus’ Top 10 – they have Singleton #1. Then Correa, Springer, DeShields, Cosart, Jonathan Villar (????!!!!!!!), Domingo Santana, Ruiz, McCullers, Foltynewicz.

Here is BP’s Jason Parks’ (Kevin Goldstein’s replacement) scouting report on Carlos Correa (scroll halfway down.)

Nobody lists Paul Clemens, Ariel Ovando, Chia Jen Lo, Ross Seaton, Tanner Bushue (highly pimped, but sank beneath the waves into some kind of permanent Spring Training thing akin to the Yankees and Tampa), Austin Wates (with the minor league Catch Of The Year)

I have never understood how they do these prospect ratings, except that they have a thing about “potential” which is greater the younger the player. You notice they don’t list Jose Cisnero, AAA pitcher, who is more likely to make the ML roster in 2013 than anyone not named Singleton. I guess  having “potential” is more exciting than actually MAKING the major league team, even if it is as the 25th man or the last reliever.

Just a few more days until the non-tender deadline (Nov 30) and then is the Rule V draft on Dec 6.

The last 2 years, the Astros have done well in the Rule V – in 2011 with Aneury Rodriguez, and last year with Marwin Gonzalez. Let’s hope Kevin Goldstein’s scouting expertise will get some good, overlooked guys.

8/5/11: JB Shuck Gets His First ML Hit In His First PA

Friday, August 5th, 2011

He didn’t start the game, Bogusevic did, but J Happ only managed to last 4 innings – 6 runs given up and wasn’t none of it lousy fielding, just lousy pitching.

You KNOW if Happ had been picked by Purpura, he’s have been thrown out on his ass with Towles, CJ and Wallace. I just don’t know what to say about Happ that I haven’t already said. He throws an incredible number of pitches which get fouled off. He threw 100 pitches and 63 strikes. 5 of the strikes were swing and miss and 3 of those were from the pitcher.


I will say in his defense that he got squoze a little bit – 6 pitches that were strikes called balls – and 2 of em on his last batter faced, McGehee – pitches 2 and 4 were CLEARLY strikes.

Anyway, JB not only singled his first time at bat – and nice clean single up the middle – he stole his first ML base with Bourgeois batting, but Altuve didn’t drive him in from third, so no run scored.

Brownie and JD (now I guess I’m going to have to say Deshaeis seeing as how we now have a player named JD) said more than once that the Organization has already penciled in JB (all we need now is a JC) as a 4th OF because he doesn’t steal enough to play center (like Schafer does???) and he doesn’t hit with enough power to play right (and like they are thinking WHO hits with enough power to play right???). He looked pretty good in right with the glove, but arm wasn’t impressive.

The game – well, nothing much to report except that Gallardo was nails, the Astros left the bases loaded in the second, 1 out, and Corey Hart hit a homer to the Conoco Pump offn Aneury Rod (he sure nuff have given up some LONG homers, hasn’t he?) The young guys didn’t do real too much against Gallardo, but he IS a very VERY good ML pitcher and I wasn’t surprised.

Clank snapped his ofer 23 with a single – and speaking of ofers, Enerio was good enough to help Craig Counsell snap his 0fer 45. I remember that Brad Ausmus was like ofer 40 in June 06 – his BA dropped from over 300 to like 200.

And Matt Downs made the first really GOOD play I’ve ever seen him make, barehanding a ball at third to throw out Kotsay – and yeah, he’s not fast any more, but it was still a good play.

Tomorrow, we face Chris Narveson again – we faced him last week – he gave up 3 runs in 6.2 IP – we came back against K-rod, but Froddy blew the save and Astros, as usual, lost.

8/5/11: Astros Call Up Jack (JB) Shuck And Send Durango Back Down

Friday, August 5th, 2011

It is to laugh. Apparently, Millsie-poo was all Up Set that Durango bunted too much. This from the man that tells his #3 hitter to sac-bunt. In the FIRST inning.

JB (Jack) Shuck is one of Fast Eddie’s picks (thank goodness for him, hunh?) in 2008, round 6. He’s a small lefty, like Bourn, supposedly 5-11 (which means somewheres between 5-81/2 and 5-10) He’s a center fielder – insurance in case Jordan Schafer continues to suck as much in the Houston Organization as he did in all levels of the Braves Organization after A-ball. By the way, a few people I know who are Braves fans wrote and told me that Schafer hurt his wrist after A-ball and it is possible that he has just needed years to heal. Youneverknow.

Back to Shuck – he’s a high average hitter with medium walks, low K and VERY low GIDP who doesn’t really hit for power. Ignoring Lancaster (you can’t hit THERE, you got a problem) he hit .298/.372/.360/.732 last year at AA – he was promoted after 101 games/398 AB.

He didn’t do so well last year at AAA, but this year hit .302/.401/.370/.775 in 391 PA over 101 games: 100 H/ 10 doubles/ 7 triples. He’s fast, but not a real too particular good base stealer – 19 SB: 11 CS: he’s played CF all year and has made 5 errors. He had 54 BB: 29 K and 6 GIDP.

Let’s hope he’s in the lineup tonight – I’d sure like to see what he can do, seeing as how it is pretty obvious that no WAY is Bogusevic going to get a chance to play full time (he’s one of Purpura’s picks – can’t let HIM succeed. Bud Norris is bad enough)