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Astros Crawfish Boil: January 15th, 2019

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Arizona Fall League All Star Game Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Astros News

Mel Stottlemyre, former Astros pitching coach among other honors, has passed away at 77 (Houston Chronicle)
MLB Video has released top prospects videos, including one each for Kyle Tucker, Yordan Alvarez, and Forrest Whitley (MLB Video x 3)
Speaking of Whitley, the young hurler was named MLB Pipeline’s #1 RHP prospect (
If there’s one thing the 2018 Astros did well it was make contact, expect more of the same in 2019 (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
The Astros caravan gets underway next week so take a moment to double check times and locations if you’re interested (

Around the League

Kyler Murray will enter the NFL draft in spite of his contract with the A’s (Sports Illustrated)
Even though MLB offered to waive a rule and allow him to be signed to an MLB contract right away (Jeff Passan Twitter)
They probably want him so bad due to his connection with the Big Unit (Baseball Bros Twitter)
Derrek Holland will return to the Giants next year after something of a renaissance with them in 2018 (ESPN)
Avisail Garcia also got himself a one-year deal, signing with the Rays (MLB Trade Rumors)
The ghost of Jason Heyward’s contract might be haunting Manny Machado (FanGraphs)
The Yankees are still shopping Sonny Gray, with about 6 teams in the mix (Sporting News)
Here are the rookies who could make their mark in 2019 (The Athletic, $$$)
Manny Ramirez has the numbers to get into the hall, but his PED use is holding him back (CBS Sports)
The Tigers broadcaster’s kerfuffle from last season was more of a “baseball brawl” than a true fight (NY Post)