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While the Astros were enjoying their day off, I was putting together some delightful links for your ingestion.


Minor Leagues

Astros set Minor League rosters " Tag's Lines
Brian McTaggart fills us in on who's going where in the Minor League system. Class A Lancaster looks the most interesting.

Ultimate Astros " Which THREE TO SEE will you See?
Mike Tauser a.k.a. farmstros looks at three players from each level who warrant some attention in 2011, providing a poll for you to vote. With the expected struggles of the Major League team a lot of fans will begin looking to the Minor Leagues for some hope. Personally I'll be keeping my eye on Dallas Keuchel, Jimmy Paredes, and J.D. Martinez. I can't believe he left Ben Heath off the high-A (Lancaster) level.

 

Statistics

Joe Blogs: An Interview With UZR
Joe Posnanski does an informative interview with the advanced statistic UZR.

Don’t Trust Stats This Week | FanGraphs Baseball
Is Carlos Lee back? He's batting .375 so far. Not so fast say Eric Seidman who says we should hold off giving weight to statistics until a specific number of plate appearances.

There’s nothing magic about age 27
Derek Carty at The Hardball Times does an interesting study on what some believe to be the peak age for a player.

 

Around Baseball

MLB, Players Union announce new 7-day DL - MLB Daily Dish
In case you missed it, right before the season began MLB, and the Players Union announced a new 7-day DL. Primarily for concussion related injuries it should also come in handy for times when a 15-day DL trip is just to much.

Opening weekend - The best of all possible worlds - Red Reporter
While the Astros were getting swept by the Phillies this past weekend, the Reds were sweeping the Brewers. The guys over at Red Reporter have a review of the good and even better for the Reds this past weekend.