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Astros’ Yuli Gurriel reportedly ‘moving toward’ deal with another team (chron.com)
Yordan’s idol Abreu excited to join World Series champs (mlb.com)
Bill Doran and Bill Brown inducted into Astros Hall of Fame (climbingtalshill.com)
Nightengale’s Notebook: Enough is enough, Carlos Beltran deserves to be in the Hall of Fame (usatoday.com)
Houston Astros Expect Brantley Healthy for Opening Day (si.com)
Adding two greats to the HOF. pic.twitter.com/PO0Q5v825X— Houston Astros (@astros) January 21, 2023
Sal Bando, former MLB All-Star and World Series champion, dies at 78 (cnn.com)
Wild Thing! Strider switches to No. 99
2023 Baseball Hall of Fame: Seven storylines to watch and a prediction ahead of Tuesday’s announcement (cbssports.com)
This is each team’s coolest current jersey (mlb.com)
Trout on USA goals for Classic: ‘Win this whole thing’ (mlb.com)
Oops! All Astros: Scott Manea
Scott Manea is a five-foot-11, 237 lb. catcher and first baseman from Shrewsbury, MA. Born on December 21, 1995, he was a 40th round choice of the Seattle Mariners in 2014 out of St. John’s HS. Despite getting chosen 1,191st overall off the board, Manea could be the third player chosen at the spot to get to the majors. Matt Garza (12.5 WAR) leads the small group.
Just before the start of 2019 Spring Training, Manea was sent to the Astros with Luis Santana and Ross Adolph for Cody Bohanek and J.D.Davis. Manea slashed .235/.347/.387 over 102 games with the then-High-A Fayetteville Woodpeckers, with 12 homers and 49 RBI. After taking 2020 off along with everyone else, he played the 2021 season with the Corpus Christi Hooks. For the Double-A club, he slashed .286/.405/.462 with nine homers and 38 RBI in 65 games.
Manea opened the 2022 season with the Triple-A Sugar Hand Space Cowboys, making the last level prior to the majors for the first time. He played in 89 games in total, including 12 instances of multiple-hit games. On May 29, he hit a single and a triple with four RBI in a 17-14 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas. On June 25, he went three-for-three with a walk and a double, scoring three times and driving two in as Sugar Land defeated the Tacoma Rainiers, 9-8.
Over the whole season, Manea managed to hit just .197/.315/.284 with four home runs and 34 RBI. He drew 43 walks in 337 PA, a 12.8 percent base-on-balls rate, but he also struck out 92 times, 27.3 percent of the time. Defensively, he spent a near-like amount of time at his two primary positions. He played 306 1⁄3 innings behind the plate (.994 fielding percentage, 19 percent throwout rate) and 269 innings at first base (.987). Houston non-tendered Manea following the season. He’s now a free agent who can sign where he wishes.