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Astros Crawfish Boil: January 29th, 2019

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Astros News

Lance McCullers Jr. has been checking off all the boxes as his rehab progresses (Houston Chronicle)
But he’ll still be out for 2019, making this a good time to size up the candidates for the Astros’ rotation (The Athletic, $$$)
Alex Bregman is also rehabbing and talked about the process with the Hot Stove crew (MLB Video)
Larry Dierker shared his thoughts on the Hall of Fame, both in Cooperstown and the planned one at MMP (49’s Fastball)
Let’s have a look at the top 50 prospects for Houston in 2019 (Prospects 1500)
Here’s a little more coverage of Tony Kemp’s new charity endeavor, Kemp’s Kids (ABC 13)
Turns out Astros fans are the best fans in Houston (Houston Press)

Around the League

It seems the Reds have emerged as a major player in the Realmuto sweepstakes (MLB.com)
MLB has planned a series of events for Jackie Robinson’s 100th birthday culminating in the opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum (Yahoo Sports)
Whit Merrifield’s new contract with the Royals is team friendly and might be the new norm for players looking for financial security (Sports Illustrated)
The Rangers have signed Shawn Kelley to a one-year deal (MLB Trade Rumors)
Ryan Braun has changed his swing in recent years, and analytics are at the heart of it (ESPN)
Home runs are on the rise and coming at a faster pace than ever thanks to a set of young power-hitting phenoms (The Hardball Times)
Ken Giles has his attitude problem under control now according to Ken Giles (The Athletic, $$$)