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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 22nd, 2019

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Astros News

Alex Bregman took batting practice for the second straight day, but is bored with the slow process of his recovery (Houston Chronicle)
He’s not just on the road to recovery but also to becoming the face of baseball (House of Houston)
Speaking of batting practice, let’s go into the cage with Carlos Correa (MLB Video)
Who might have a few things to think about in light of Machado’s big payday (Houston Sportsmap)
Josh James’ and Tyler White’s stocks have been rising, but who is more likely to breakout this season? (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
They’re just one part of the team though, which has a laser-like focus on their goals this season (Texas Sports Nation)
Which looks like it will include a platoon at the catcher position for 2019 (
Hinch and Crane agree that pace of play has become a concern in baseball (Texas Sports Nation)
The Astros have set their starting rotation for upcoming Spring Training games (Houston Chronicle)
Now seems like a good time to project payroll for the Astros (MLB Trade Rumors)
Maybe that’ll include you if you qualify for one of these three R&D positions open for the team (Baseball Prospectus)
And if it pays well enough you can afford one of these sweet fauxback jerseys that the Express will be wearing this season (Twitter)

Around the League

Well, yesterday almost featured the first exhibition game of Spring until Mother Nature got in the way (Houston Chronicle)
Good on Machado for getting his big contract, and I’m sure Harper will get his as well, but Mike Trout is better (FanGraphs)
Kershaw got a day off after a discouraging start to his Spring (
It looks like the Twins are kicking the tires on Marwin Gonzalez (MLB Trade Rumors)
The Cubs scoff (scoff I tell you!) at the formula having them under .500 and last place in the division this year (ESPN)
Baseball scouts are among the unintended victims of the analytics movement (The Athletic, $$$)
This is a great story about how Roberte Clemente helped a young Manny Sanguillen fit into MLB (La Vida Baseball)
Famed Boston Globe baseball columnist Nick Cafardo has passed away at 62 (The Boston Globe)