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LINGFIELD, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Jim Crowley riding Queen Of Cash (3rd L, light blue) win The Edenbrook Fillies' Handicap Stakes at Lingfield racecourse on June 02, 2011 in Lingfield, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)
LINGFIELD, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Jim Crowley riding Queen Of Cash (3rd L, light blue) win The Edenbrook Fillies' Handicap Stakes at Lingfield racecourse on June 02, 2011 in Lingfield, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)
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While the Astros were taking in a sunny day in beautiful San Diego California, I was putting together these links sponsored by Sunny Delight...actually not really. I don't know how Minute Maid would feel about that, it just sounded good.


Jordan "Beaker" Lyles

The Implications Of Jordan Lyles' Debut: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com

I know some have some reservations about calling up Lyles this early because of super two status, but it appears the Astros may have just skirted that issue. We won't know anything for sure at the moment, but over the next year or two things should begin to clear up.

Appy Astros: Jordan Lyles Makes Ten

I was a bit surprised by this list. It's easy to forget that while the farm system is bad, it's not entirely void of players who do eventually make it to the big leagues. 

Hitters beware: Lyles latest pitching stud - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

David Schoenfield combs through Jordan Lyles debuts and has a lot of positive things to say about the Astros rookie.

 

Michael "Speed" Bourn

Trade Targets: Center Field | FanGraphs Baseball

How would you feel about trading Michael Bourn to Cleveland?

Nats Looking For Center Fielder; Asked About Bourn: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com

In case you hadn't heard the Nationals checked in on Michael Bourn.

 

 

Minor League Awards for May

Ultimate Astros " Farmstros May Player of the Month Candidates

Go over and vote for the Farmstros Minor League player of the month for May.

Appy Astros: May AppyAstros Alumni of the Month

A look at pitcher and hitter of the month awards for Greeneville Alumni.

Astros County: The Only Astros Blog That Matters: Eddie's Farm Employees of the Month: May 2011

Monthly Awards for the Minors from Astros County

 

The Draft

2011 Baseball Draft: John's Current Draft Board - Minor League Ball

John Sickels shares the hundred names on his draft board. Interesting enough that he has Trevor Bauer ahead of Gerrit Cole. 

MLB.com's latest first-round projection of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft | MLB.com: News

John Mayo has his updated mock draft, with the Astros taking RHP Matt Barnes.