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I've also decided to make a slight adjustment to the regular podcast. I am changing the name to the TCB Astros Baseball Podcast or AB for short. Honestly, this was done because I wanted to show better in podcast directory search results but it also helps with organization in podcast episode names. The major league podcast will show up as TCBP AB and the minor league podcast will show up as TCB AMP.
TCBP AB 90: Jarred Cosart Got Hosed By Tim Purpura
In this episode Terri Schlather and myself discuss:
- Jarred Cosarts amazing major league debut.
- Jose Altuve's four year $12.5M contract extension.
- Lucas Harrell and Jordan Lyles get into a clubhouse altercation
Jarred Cosart almost throws a no-hitters
What a fabulous start for Cosart. I'm not buying in just yet and I do have some concerns about the law of averages in regards to Cosart's next major league start but we'll cross that bridge when the time comes. No matter how you feel about Cosart as a prospect he gave something Astros fans haven't had in a long time at the major league level. Excitement. And for that I thank him.
Jose Altuve's signs an extension
I would have been happy paying Altuve double what the Astros ended up giving them. If you read Astros County they suggested he could sign for even more money, which just shows how much smarter the Astros baseball operation side is than us.
There's blood in the water and the sharks are circling Lucas Harrell
Let me start by saying that Harrell has brought all the vitriol commentary on himself. He's been vocal about many things with this team and he's paying for it now. That all said, there's blood in the water and the sharks are coming to eat. Anyone with an axe to grind against Harrell has, or will, be taking this opportunity to get their shots in. The perception of Harrell among the fan base has changed, which again was all brought on by the struggling pitcher, but my question is whether or not it will change again if Harrell figures it out and begins to pitch well again.
TCB AMP 10: Wojo's Mojo
In this episode Brooks Parker and myself discuss:
- MLB All-Star Future's Game: George Springer vs. Carlos Correa
- Left over draft money
- Asher Wojciechowski complete game shutout
- Underrated guys we're high on
- When does Correa get to Lancaster?
George Springer beats Carlos Correa
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The Astros had one million dollars left over after the draft signing deadline, HOW DARE THEY!
Last year was the first year that teams had to draft with set amounts of money at each draft slot and the Astros took advantage of the system beautifully. Could the fact that the Astros still had money left over from the draft signal that teams caught up to the Astros strategy this year or maybe even surpassed what they did. Calculating how much 40 picks are going to cost individually is hard enough. The Astros also had 29 other teams to worry about so I'm not upset that they didn't spend as much money as possible. Especially, in a weak draft.
Fantastic start by Wojciechowski. I had an opportunity to watch the game because of an Astros off day. He looked in complete control the entire time. Guys like Cosart, Mike Foltynewicz, Lance McCullers, Mark Appel, etc. are still ahead of Wojciechowski in the farm system in terms of talent; however, that doesn't mean he could surpass some or all of them as a pitcher at the major league level.
Underrated guys we're high on
Teoscar Hernandez and Micheal Feliz are the two guys I mentioned. Hernandez is a 20 year old sporting a .713 OPS in Quad Cities with tools that make you go, "goo goo gaa gaa." Feliz is someone I noticed last year when I was keeping the minor league game score database. This year he's taken off at Tri-City's. In 25.1 innings he has a 1.07 ERA and 32 strike outs as a 19 year old. He's pitching against guys who just spent three or more years in college. Hubba Hubba!
When does Correa get to Lancaster?
I think it'll be next year; Brooks thinks it will be August. Last year the front office decided to give guys the final month of the minor league season to play at the level they would be at next year. We could see them do the same thing this year with a guy like Correa and other top prospects.
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