The final leg of the Lone Star Series gets underway, but I won't dignify it with a link about it:
- The Astos have signed 22 of their 51 selections from the draft including just about all of our top picks. Tag's post also has this to say about Mier:
- JJO checks in with Chris Johnson, who apparently truly understands the value of plate discipline and his lack thereof. Plus JJO throws out this interesting tidbit, which hadn't occurred to be, but is pretty much par for the course:
- Miguel Tejada needs help in getting to the All Star game...geeze leading the NL in batting doesn't get you any respect these days...or is it playing for an rather relevant team...
- Why FIP isn't a the best, or even a very good, measure of a pitcher's true talent level. Well written and it informs us that Roy Oswalt has been slightly undervalued this year, while Wandy Rodriguez is, apparently, pretty overvalued—suck.
- BtB wants you, or at least some suggestions.
Heck and scout Doug Deutsch are still negotiating with first-round pick Jiovanni Mier, a high school shortstop from southern California. "It's been very positive," Heck said. "Doug Deutsch has had multiple meetings with the family since his selection, and we've been given all indicators it's going to happen sooner than later.
In fact, the Astros are the only team in the National League not to have a player make his major league debut this year.