While Richard Justice was planning his offseason I was putting together these delightful links.
The Minor Leagues
Astros prospect Jose Altuve thrilled to be named to World Team for Futures Game - Houston Houston Astros | Examiner.com
I love that people are figuring out about Jose Altuve. Stephen Goff talks about his election to the World's future team, what makes him tick and the awareness of his growing popularity. Yup he's read a few glowing articles about him, I wonder how much he reads TCB.
Farmstros: 2011 Farmstros Five- Week 11
Farmstros hit just about every one of my favorite players in the Minor Leagues in this weeks Farmstors Five.
Astros top-notch prospect Jonathan Villar sharpening skills at Double-A level - Houston Houston Astros | Examiner.com
Stephen Golf is on fire in the prospect world, this time it's Jonathan Villar talking about his opportunity in the Astros farm system.
Ultimate Astros " The Bourn Contempt may become The Bourn Quandary for Astros
Chip Bailey takes a look at Michael Bourn and what the Astros should do with him in a career year. I've harped on the fact that even with Boras the Astros could still get Bourn at a reasonable price for his value and I think I've come to a conclusion. George Postolos will figure this out to and recommend the Astros resign Bourn. So all you pro-Bourn traders can save your breath.
Around SB Nation
Stuff That Baseball Broadcasters Like - Royals Review
Looking at the actions and players that baseball broadcasters like. Brilliant post by Royals Review and I think it highlights why we're spoiled as Astro fans by J.D. and Brownie. Hit the comments for a continuation of the list.
Are Pitchers Getting Better, or Hitters Getting Worse? - Beyond the Box Score
Bill Petti | Scoring is down again this year, but is the root cause better pitching or simply less capable hitters?