Astros Podcast - Hall of Fame, Jesse Crain and Tyler Heineman

Fixing the Hall of Fame, discussing the Astros signing of Jesse Crain and what it means for the bullpen in 2014 and an interview with Astros catching prospect Tyler Heineman.

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In this episode Sean, Ryan and Tim:

  • Discuss the Hall of Fame announcement
  • Talk about the Astros signing of right-handed reliever Jesse Crain
  • Interview Astros catching prospect Tyler Heineman

Hall of Fame

I'm so over this.

Astros Sign right-handed reliever Jesse Crain

The Crain signing is the flashest signing Jeff Luhnow has made this offseason. There was a lot of anticipation and #want from the TCB community in regards to the possibility of the Astros signing Crain and with good reason. In 2013 Crain posted a 0.74 ERA and a 1.52 FIP in 36 2/3 innings for the White Sox. Pretty fantastic numbers, unfortunately, Crain's season was over by July. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays with the idea that he would be healthy enough to pitch at the end of the season, but that feel through. Now, there's hope he'll be ready for Opening Day but he's behind on his offseason throwing program and it's likely that he misses the first part of the season.

When he does finally pitch for Houston will he instantly become the teams closer? I think so, but we'll have to see how the rest of the revamped bullpen works out.

Tyler Heineman Interview

Astros catching prospect Tyler Heineman joins us to talk about some of the nuances of catching, what he and some of the Lancaster pitchers talk about on the mound, what it's like playing for Morgan Ensberg, who his favorite Hollywood catcher is and more. Tyler is a really great interview despite some of my awful questions.

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Next Scheduled Podcast Recording: December 14, 2013, 6 p.m. CT

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