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Super Sunday Astros Crawfish Boil - June 8, 2014

A look at the news around the Astros and the 2014 MLB draft.

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Rich Schultz

It's been a busy week in Astros baseball. Brady Aiken is an Astros and already signed. Here is a few Sunday stories before the boys get back to action in Minnesota -

Luhnow, pro scout explore opportunities in Japan | News
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow recently returned from a five-day trip to Japan with pro scouting director Kevin Goldstein, where they met with representatives from several teams to explore collaborative relationships, watched some games and interviewed candidates for a new scouting position.

The Astros Just Changed The Game For Big Prospects In Small Markets
Today, the Astros signed prospect Jon Singleton to a big contract extension before he's played a game in the majors. It's a bit of baseball history, but more than that, it's an undeniably great move for Houston, and a look at the future of how small market teams will attempt to stay competitive.

Brady Aiken looking to end drought of high school pitchers taken No. 1 - MLB Draft - ESPN
Brady Aiken might have the stuff to overcome not just hitters but also MLB teams' reservations about picking a high school pitcher No. 1 overall.

Jonathan Singleton Extension With Houston Astros a Sign of Things to Come? |
The Houston Astros signed Jonathan Singleton to a possible eight-year extension before he even made his big league debut. Is this something that will catch on?

River Bandits' Phillips named starter in All-Star Game
Brett Phillips returned to the Quad-Cities this season looking to build on the lessons learned a year ago, when the River Bandits outfielder got off to a slow start and

Will Austin Wates Make his MLB Debut Soon? - Climbing Tal's Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Austin Wates has hit at every level in his career. Will the Houston Astros upgrade their outfield by calling him up soon?

Wojciechowski taking two-week break from throwing | News
Right-hander Asher Wojciechowski, the Astros' No. 13 prospect, was sent back to Kissimmee, Fla., to continue his rehab after suffering a flexor muscle strain.

Hard knock life: Astros turn to plate discipline for success
LAKE ELSINORE, CALIF. -- In the unforgiving heat of another afternoon in the California League, Carlos Correa's cleats scrape the concrete floor on a dark passageway beneath the stands, this day's stop on his

It's time to stop laughing at the Astros - Athletics Nation
Those who show them mercy now will be spared when they take over the world in the next few years.