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Cosart, McCullers, Folty, Tropeano, and Wojo vs MLB's Top Starter Prospects

The above link will redirect you to a report I published at SBNation's and John Sickels' minorleagueball site that shows how these 5 Astros compare to Sickels' top pre-2013 prospects based on their 2013 performance at the 4 fielding- and ballpark-independent stats that I've been publishing data on here at The Crawfish Boxes.

Bedard on his no-hit game

Bedard talks to Marc Brassard of Le Droit (Canadian newspaper): "I do not understand people who criticize me about it. My pitch count was just too high and I had nothing in the arm. My fastball was increased from 92 to 93 mph early in the game to 85-86 at the end and I felt control problems. I guess it's easy when it's not you who starts, and when it is not you who underwent three surgeries on the shoulder." "I prefer to [play] two years [more] [than] to get a no-hitter of 150 [pitches] that would be my last career game, as it seems to have happened to Johan Santana," he notes. (via Google Translate)

The Great Bedardini

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SDCC + Bedards last outing = astros fanARt.

Astros Logo Idea

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I came up with this concept for an Astros logo after seeing a few other concepts online. I feel like it effectively captures our history while remaining modern and getting rid of that stupid circle. What do you guys think? Improvement?

Prospect Profile: Delino DeShields Jr.

Profile + interview...I wrote a profile on Houston Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr. Getting my feet wet into the player development/prospect side of baseball, so any feedback is welcome.

Murph's influence on Castro

I have to admit, this is a shameless plug for a family member. (Murph is my brother-in-law:-) Go Astros!

Bedard article from Canada

Bedard talks to a Canadian sportswriter. It's in French. He says some nice things about the Astros: (via Google Translate) "Me, I would not mind to stay, the team is pretty fun. This is a good group of guys and I also like to throw in a covered stadium where it always 75 degrees (Fahrenheit). But I have no idea what will happen, "he added.

Help JFK's Quote of the Day:

Hello, I’m jrockies and a member of Purple Row. Every day I post a baseball related quote to the site noted as "JFK’s Quote of the Day." I have, however, come up with a problem. Most of the quotes I have are from former players/coaches (Berra, Mayes, Hornsby, Peter Uueberroth, etc.) or older authors and sports writers (Boswell, Russell Baker, Kahn, etc.) and I don’t have many from players and writers of today’s period. As an attempt to build my list of quotes I have decided to ask the different baseball communities around SBNation to help me out. I don’t get to read local articles for non-Denver teams very often and I know that players have said something wise/funny/absurd that should be remembered somewhere ("These are thin mints. I put them in the freezer. My favorites. So good." ~Reds outfielder Adam Dunn, on the Girl Scout cookies he keeps in his locker) So here is the challenge: In the comments section post your all-time favorite baseball quotes (I don’t have all of them) and your favorite quotes you’ve heard from around the league in recent years. For the next two weeks I will post my quote of the day in the comments here. Thanks, jrockies JFK

Bud Norris: Diamond in the Rough

Take a look at how good Bud Norris has been over the past few seasons, especially at Minute Maid Park!

Some game notes on Astros prospects

Hi, I write for True Blue LA and am am getting my feet wet in the scouting/prospect world. I went on my first trip Wednesday and wrote about it here. There are several notes on Lancaster's players and I tweeted out a few as well (http://twitter.com/Rontrarian). I think you will like it quite a bit.

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