Astros acquire Justin Verlander in surprising move.

The Houston Astros have acquired a big prize just before the trading deadline of September 1st. In exchange for three top talented minor leaguers, the American League West team hauled in Justin Verlander. By getting the 34-year old right hander before September 1st, he can be placed on the Astros' post season roster. Another nice …

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Astros fans call for removal of Texan flag from Rangers uniform

The Houston Astros were forced to move their series against the Texas Rangers to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The reason was the refusal of the Texas Rangers to swap a set of series. The Astros asked the Rangers to take the series, that was eventually played at Tropicana Field, as their home series …

Astros affiliate will get its stadium

The A Advanced affiliated of the Houston Astros, now playing in Buies Creek, will get its new stadium in Fayetteville. Today the groundbreaking will take place at 11.00 AM local time. While the rest of the state of North Carolina is waiting for the solar eclipse, people in Fayetteville have more important things to do. …

Astrodome will be around for ever

Yesterday, the Texas Historical Commmission voted in favor of the Houston Astrodome to designate the stadium as a State Antiquities Landmark, joining the ranks of the Alamo, the State Capitol, the Cotton Bowl and other notable sites. Like we all know, the Astrodome was the home of the Houston Astros from its opening in 1965 …

Grizzlies, 20 seasons in Fresno

The Fresno Grizzlies will be in Fresno for their twentieth season this year. The team landed in Fresno in 1998 where the team played at the stadium of the University of Fresno in the first four years before they moved to Chukchansi Park. The history of the Grizzlies started in Tucson AZ. The Phoenix Firebirds …

A Advanced Astros to play in temporary home

The A Advanced affiliation of the Houston Astros in the Carolina League will play in a temporary home for the 2017 and 2018 season. Only after the 2018 season the team will move to a projected facility in Fayetteville. The team will move to Jim Perry Stadium of the Campbell University Campus, home of the …

High Desert and Bakersfield to Carolina League

Sad news today. According to a source within Minor League Baseball, the California League will announce the contraction of the Bakersfield Blaze and the High Desert Mavericks later today. In the past few months, you could read here several posts with speculations about possible moves. Now it appears that those speculations were pretty close to …

More Astros PDC news

The Houston Astros and their A Short Season affiliate, the Tri-City ValleyCats have extended their player development contract with two more years through the 2018 season. The announcement was made by Bill Gladstone, the ValleyCats President / Principal Owner and Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan at a press conference on Saturday afternoon. The cooperation between …

Fayetteville a step closer to MiLB ballpark

The city council of the city of Fayetteville has unanimously agreed on a memorandum of understanding with the Houston Astros, continuing the city’s and the MLB team’s discussion about a new ballpark to support an Advanced A Carolina League team and outlining a basic framework as they move towards a more permanent agreement. In the agreement …

Cal League affiliation change in the making

A surprising move by the Seattle Mariners. The team acquired a 51% stake in the Modesto Nuts, now the Advanced A team of the Colorado Rockies. The Mariners on their turn are affiliated with the Bakersfield Blaze, which is currently leading the California League North Division. The reason behind this move is that the Mariners …

Heavenly PDC news

The Anaheim Angels and the Houston Astros have extended the Player Development contract with one of their minor league affiliates. The Angels extended their PDC with their A Full Season affiliate in the Midwest League, the Burlington Bees. The both parties are cooperating since 2013 and this time the contract has been extended through the …

Astros PDC news

Another blog post about a PDC extension. Yes it's that time of the year again. The Quad Cities RiverBandits (A Full Season, Midwest League) and the Houston Astros have extended their cooperation for two more years, through 2018. The Quad Cities is a region of four counties in northwest Illinois and Southeastern Iowa.The urban core consists …

Impressive Appalachian League debut for Van der Meer

It doesn't look like Stijn van der Meer is impressed by the opposing pitchers so far. In two games at Gulf Coast League level, Van der Meer collected four hit in six at bats, of which one was a triple. Next to his .667 BA he put up the following numbers: OBP .667, slugging percentage …

Stijn van der Meer debuts with GCL Astros

Dutch shortstop Stijn van der Meer has made his professional debut in the organization of the Houston Astros. Unlike the recent announcement on this blog that he would be playing with the Tri-City ValleyCats, Stijn debuted with the Gulf Coast League Astros, the low rookie team of the Houston based MLB club. The intention is …

Stijn van der Meer signs with Astros

In the meantime this is kinda old news as it was published on the Facebook page of Curacao Neptunus, but I totally missed it. The Dutch shortstop Stijn van der Meer, who was drafted in the 34h round of this year's amateur draft, has signed a deal with the Houston Astros. According to the article …

Stadium in Fayetteville feasible, dark clouds above Cal League teams

A feasibility study about the possibility of a minor league ballpark in Fayetteville had a positive outcome for the city. According to the study 4,500 seat ballpark could be created. The study also stated that 88% of the interviewed persons said that they would likely go to a game in the new ballpark in the …

Mavericks California League days seem to be numbered

Yesterday it became clear that the city of Kinston in North Carolina has signed a stadium lease deal with the Texas Rangers to bring a A Advanced team to historic Grainger Stadium, former home of the Kinston Indians. According to the lease, signed in July 2015, the Rangers had two years until the start of …

Offensive outburst conceals poor outing by Pineda

Last night, the Yankees rebounded from their flat performance on the previous night. In that game the team looked rather uninspired as they fell 5-3 to the Houston Astros. Last night the outcome was way better as the Yankees beat the Astros 16-6. A slugfest showed exactly the opposite of what the Yanks showed on Tuesday. …