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TCBP AB 99: Are We There Yet?
In this episode Sean Feist, Ryan Dunsmore and myself discuss
- Offseason outlook for the Astros
- Evaluating the Astros coaching staff
- Listener questions
Astros Active In Offseason?
It's been mentioned that the Astros will look for bullpen help this offseason and possibly a bat for the lineup. I sure hope so because this year and the past several years have been brutal. And I'm at a point now where I want my kids to grow up in a non-violent household.
"Mommy why did Daddy break his keyboard...again?"
The Astros Coaching Staff
We've talked about the coaching staff before and more specifically Doug Brocail. It's really hard to evaluate coaches by what has happened on the field. For every Jordan Lyles and Lucas Harrell you can knock Brocail for there's a Brad Peacock and Brett Oberholtzer. Still I think there's going to be some shifting in the Astros coaching staff and I have a feeling it's going to be Dave Clark and Doug Brocail.
Thanks to everyone who has ever sent us questions. If you have any leave them in the comment section below and you might just seem them in a future TCB Mailbag.
Jonathan Villar and Jimmy Paredes were two topics we discussed based on reader questions. Villar's dealt with base running and Paredes' dealt with being the anti-Ben Zobrist.
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TCB AMP 19: Arizona Fall League Preview
In this episode Brooks Parker, Anthony Boyer and myself discuss:
- Evaluating minor league coaches
- Previewing the Astros prospects in the Arizona Fall League
- AMP OUT!
Evaluating Minor League Coaches
If evaluating major league coaches is hard, evaluating minor league coaches is even harder. There has to be some process in the background to help the front office make decisions on coaches for next year. Either way the Astros minor league coaches have a lot of pluses to hang their hats on this year.
The Arizona Fall League
The AFL will run during October and November and it's another opportunity to watch prospects from the high minors. Delino DeShields and Nolan Fontana are two of the more interesting names. DeShields is transitioning back to the outfield and Fontana is getting a shot against tougher competition. Be sure to check in here for regular updates.
With no more minor leagues to talk about for a while, we are shutting down the AMP podcast for the offseason. Most minor league worthy news will be covered in the regular podcast so be sure to stay tuned in there. It was a good first run for the AMP podcast and I look forward to bringing it back for next season. Any feedback you guys would be greatly appreciated and can be left in the comments below. Also feel free to continue to leave minor league questions in the podcast comments and we'll get them answered on air or in a TCB AMP Mailbag.