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Super Astros Crawfish Boil: July 12, 2015

Astros news and notes from the past week.

Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning boys and girls, here is your Sunday reading material.

Luis Valbuena Is Having A Very Weird Season With The Astros | FiveThirtyEight
Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about politics, sports, science, economics and lifestyle.

Hinch uses consistency to right Astros ship - Houston Chronicle
The podium at Minute Maid Park is just steps from A.J. Hinch's office, across a dull hallway into a room alternately used for interview sessions with reporters and yoga sessions for the players.

Houston Astros promote ex-Cat AJ Reed to Double-A Corpus Christi | ExCats |
Former University of Kentucky star AJ Reed, a Houston Astros prospect who was named the Class A Advanced California League's top player for both the month of May and June, was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi on Saturday.

Elias says Astros got ‘optimal’ haul in 2015 following unfortunate 2014 draft - Ultimate Astros
The Astros have every player in the top-10 rounds signed after an impressive 2015 amateur draft. The medicals are done, and there’s been plenty of praise for the haul the Astros brought in — particularly with their first three picks.

Astros report: Qualls as good as new after stint on DL - Houston Chronicle
Righthanded reliever Chad Qualls returned to the Astros on Friday on the first day he was eligible to be activated from the disabled list, recovered from a pinched nerve in his neck.

George Springer eager to get back after injury |
ST. PETERSBURG -- Astros outfielder George Springer spent most of the second half of last season watching from the dugout while he nursed a left quad strain, and he ended up not playing the final two months. Springer is expected to return for the stretch drive this year after fracturing his right wrist 10 days ago, but having to watch isn't in his nature. Springer expects to have his wrist evaluated over the All-Star break, which would be the two-week mark since he was struck by a pitch and fractured the wrist July 1. He's wearing a protective brace on the wrist and hasn't been able to do any activities except cheer on his teammates.

Lowrie set for Kissimmee stint, could ease first base puzzle - Ultimate Astros
More and more as the Astros hit a skid offensively, it’s clear how much they could use Jed Lowrie — both the expected positional versatility he should bring upon his return, and his bat.

Houston Astros: A.J. Reed is the next Mega Prospect
Houston Astros' AJ Reed is the next in a line of super prospects for the team