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Astros Crawfish Boil: November 24, 2023

Welcome back from your tryptophan-induced comas. It’s the Friday Boil! Also, Chapter XXIX of the Everystros Countdown!

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Houston Astros News

What are the Winter Meetings and what deals could the Astros get done there? (CTH)

Astros pitcher Lance McCullers grows Maven Coffee Cocktails in Houston (Houston Chronicle)

The 24 best players in Houston Astros history (Yardbarker) — if you just want to skip to the end of the Everystros countdown, here’s the lazy version.

AL West News

Los Angeles Angels — Shohei Ohtani’s 2017 Angels Decision Was Based on “Connection”, Will That Impact His $500M Decision (Essentially Sports)

Oakland AthleticsA’s fans share anger over team’s departure — and unite in their love for Oakland (LA Times)

Texas RangersWhy Jordan Montgomery should be high on Texas Rangers’ wish list this winter (WIII)

Seattle MarinersEugenio Suarez trade reaction: Arizona Diamondbacks ‘fleeced’ Seattle Mariners (AZCentral)

MLB News (MLB)

Dreaming up six bonkers deals that would break the Hot Stove

7 free agents trying to put injury-marred seasons behind them

Here is why each fanbase should be thankful

Where will Shohei sign? We asked a psychic who’s been right before

Houston Astros Birthdays


RHP Francis Martes (28)

RHP George Throop (73)

C Victor Diaz (22)


RF Jimmy Paredes (35)

RHP Octavio Dotel (50)

RHP John Johnstone (55)

1B Rafael Batista (1945-2008)

SS Pascanel Ferreras (22)


RHP Jeff Fulchino (44)

RHP Mike Mendoza (68)

Everystros Countdown: Chapter XXIX

Still in the fourth bracket of the countdown, today’s Astros have between 105 and 347 BF/PA while with the team. Every player in this article has between negative-0.0029 and negative-0.0025 bWAR per PA/BF in their time with the Colt .45s/Astros.

588. David Weathers is a six-foot-three right-handed pitcher from Lawrenceburg, TN. Born on September 25, 1969, he was a third-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 1988 out of Motlow State Community College.

Weathers made it to the bigs in 1991 with the Jays (1-0, 5.50, 18 IP), later playing for the Florida Marlins(17-22, 5.16, 359 IP), the New York Yankees (0-3, 9.57, 26 13 IP), the Cleveland Indians (1-2, 7.56, 16 23 IP), the Cincinnati Reds (22-27, 3.97, 398 23 IP), the Milwaukee Brewers (18-17, 3.53, 298 23 IP), the Chicago Cubs (1-1, 3.18, 28 13 IP), and the New York Mets (12-12, 3.22, 198 23 IP).

On June 17, 2004, the Mets traded Weathers with Jeremy Griffiths to the Astros for Richard HIdalgo. In his first two appearances with Houston, he pitched four innings of hitless, walkless, and scoreless innings, striking out four. On July 3, he earned his only win with Houston, pitching 1 23 innings of scoreless relief in a 10-8 victory over the Texas Rangers. On July 6, he struck out three over two perfect innings in a 5-3 loss to the San Diego Padres.

Weathers appeared in a total of 26 games for Houston, striking out 26 in 32 innings and allowing 20 runs (17 earned) on 31 hits and 13 walks. He was 1-4 with a 4.78 ERA, a 1.378 WHIP, and 7.3 K/9. On September 7, the Astros released him.

Weathers was unemployed for zero days, signing with the Marlins on September 8. He later also made second tours with the Reds and the Brewers. In 2018, his son Ryan was chosen in the first round of the draft by the San Diego Padres. SABR Bio

587. José Canó is a six-foot-three right-handed pitcher from Boca del Soco, Dr. Born on March 7, 1962, he started his professional career in 1980, pitching three innings for the GCL Yankees at the Rookie-level, where he gave up six runs in three innings. In 1983 and 1984, he again turned up in the minors, at the Single-A level for the Atlanta Braves with the Anderson Braves and the Durham Bulls, respectively. In 81 13 innings for the Bulls, he held opponents to a 1.193 WHIP.

After another two seasons out of professional ball, Canó kick-started his career for a third time in 1987 with the Single-A Osceola Astros, going 15-3 with a 1.94 ERA and a 1.100 WHIP. He spent 1988 at the Triple-A level with the Tucson Toros (2-1, 4.29, 21 IP), then split the main part of the 1989 campaign between the Toros (5-5, 2.84, 95 IP) and the Double-A Columbus Mudcats (1-1, 3.18, 17 IP). In late-August, he got his first call to the big leagues

After his first two outings had his MLB ERA up to 11.37, Canó came on in relief against the Padres on September 11, striking out two over two hitless and scoreless innings in an eventual 7-3 loss to San Diego. In his next appearance, on September 20, he struck out one batter in 1 23 innings, allowing only a hit in a 7-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

On September 30, Canó made his final major league appearance, and pitched a complete game victory over Cincinnati. He limited the Reds to seven hits and two walks for two runs, striking out two in the 9-2 win. In six games in total, he pitched to a 5.09 ERA and a 1-1 record, with a 1.348 WHIP and 3.1 K/9. Canó remained in Houston’s system for another season, tossing 60 innings between the Mudcats and the Toros.

Canó resumed his professional career in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in 1992, spending three seasons with the Uni-President Lions and another two with the Wei Chuan Dragons. Later yet, his son Robinson had a 17-season major league career.

586. Rob Sperring is a six-foot-one right-handed infielder from San Francisco, CA. Born on October 10, 1949, he was a fifth-round choice of the Chicago Cubs in 1971 out of the University of the Pacific. In 66 games that first year, between the Rookie-level Caldwell Cubs and the A-Level Quincy Cubs, he hit .252/.312/.398 with six home runs and nine stolen bases.

In 1972, while stationed with the Double-A Midland Cubs in the Texas League, Sperring put up a largely similar slashline in 128 games, at .254/.328/.369 with nine jacks and 50 RBI. The 1973 campaign would see Sperring spend most of the season back with Midland and 10 games with the Wichita Aeros in the Triple-A American Association, for a combined .287/.356/.433 line and 14 homers with 59 RBI.

From 1974 through 1976, Sperring played in 150 games at the major league level for the Cubs, hitting .221/.291/.273 with two home runs and 21 RBI. Traded from the Cubs to the San Francisco Giants on February 11, 1977, he was flipped to the Astros near the end of Spring Training with Willie Crawford for Rob Andrews.

Sperring spent the 1978 season with Houston, appearing in 58 games and fielding 125 13 innings at shortstop (.940), 141 23 innings at second base (.968) and 45 innings at the hot corner (18 chances, zero errors). Advanced metrics suggest he was a below-average shortstop, an above-average second baseman, and a well-above-average third baseman.

On April 24, Sperring entered the bottom of the 10th inning against the Padres tied at eight, and drove home Bob Watson on a walkoff single and a 9-8 victory against San Diego. On August 15, he collected four hits in a nine-inning game, with three singles, a home run and two RBI in a 15-3 win against the Atlanta Braves. the very next day, he hit two doubles and a single with an RBI in a 4-1 win against the Braves.

Sperring hit .186/.254/.233 overall while with the Astros, with nine RBI. He drew 12 walks and struck out 23 times.

585. Jerry Grote is a five-foot-10 right-handed catcher from San Antonio, TX. Born on October 6, 1942, he got his start in professional baseball in 1963 with the San Antonio Bullets, Houston’s first Double-A affiliate. He hit .268/.364/.461 with 14 home runs and 62 RBI. He also went one-for-five with an RBI in three games for the Colt .45s, with a walk and three strikeouts.

In 1964, Grote played the entire season with the Colts, appearing in 100 games and hitting .181/.240/.262 with 10 multi-hit games, three home runs, and 24 RBI. Defensively he caught 793 13 innings with nine errors for a .985 fielding percentage. He had 11 passed balls and 22 wild pitches eluded his glove. Grote threw out 27-of-78 baserunners, a 35 percent CS-clip that works out to an 88 CS+ (patent pending).

On July 18, Grote hit a two-out tiebreaking double in the top of the ninth against the Giants, in an eventual 2-1 win against San Francisco.

After spending the 1965 season in the minors for Houston with the Oklahoma City 89ers (.118 games, .265/.346/.420, 11 home runs, 47 RBI), the Astros sent him the New York Mets for a PTBNL (Tom Parsons) and cash.

Grote played 12 seasons with the Mets (1235 games, .256/.321/.329, 35 home runs, 357 RBI), and also later played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (61 games, .263/.336/.313, 13 RBI) and the Kansas City Royals (22 games, .304/.344/.446, one home run, nine RBI). SABR Bio

584. Wayne Granger is a six-foot-two right-handed pitcher from Springfield, MA. Born on March 15, 1944, he made his first professional appearance with the Raleigh Cardinals, St. Louis’ Single-A affiliate in 1965. After working his way up through the St. Louis system, he made his debut in the bigs in 1968, going 4-2 with a 2.25 ERA for the Cardinal in 34 appearances, with 27 K’s in 44 innings and a 1.182 WHIP.

Granger joined the Cincinnati Reds in 1969, and led the majors with 90 pitching appearances. His work garnered him some downballot MVP love, with a 9-6 record and a 2.80 ERA, with 27 saves, 68 K’s in 144 23 innings and a 1.265 WHIP.

Just stop here for a second and appreciate that there was a reliever in the game not really that long ago who pitched nearly 150 innings in one year. We will never see the likes of that again.

In 1970, Granger led the majors with 35 saves, going 6-5 with a 2.66 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 84 23 innings. he posted a 1.252 WHIP and finished eighth in the AL Cy Young Award voting.

After spending 1971 with the Reds (7-6, 11 saves, 3.33, 100 IP), Granger played with the Minnesota Twins (4-6, 3.01, 19 saves, 89 23 IP), the St. Louis Cardinals (2-4, 4.24, five saves, 46 23 IP), the New York Yankees (0-1, 1.76, 15 13 IP) and the Chicago White Sox (0-0, 8.22, 7 23 IP).

Prior to Spring Training getting underway in 1975, the Astros signed Granger through free agency. He went on to appear in 55 games for them at the parent-club level, working exclusively out of relief. On April 12, he pitched four shutout innings against the Dodgers, walking one, allowing two hits, and striking out two for a 12-out save (something else you won’t see again) in a 7-5 win against Los Angeles. On June 23, he earned his fifth save of the season by pitching 2 23 innings of scoreless and hitless relief in a 6-5 win over the Dodgers. Two days later, he earned his first win of the year against the Dodgers, 5-4 after pitching 3 23 innings of shutout ball.

Granger pitched 74 innings for Houston, going 2-5 with a 3.65 ERA. He struck out 30 and walked 23, allowing 39 runs (30 earned) on 76 hits. He finished with a 1.338 WHIP, a 4.10 FIP, and 3.6 K/9. The Astros released him following the Winter Meetings.

Granger later played for the Montreal Expos (1-0, 3.66, two saves, 32 IP) in his last major league action. He played another season for them in the minors, but didn’t play in affiliated ball after 1979.

583. David Newhan is a five-foot-10 left-handed batting and righty-throwing outfielder and second baseman from Fullerton, CA. Born on September 7, 1973, he was a 49th-round choice of the Detroit Tigers in 1992 out of Cypress College. Three years later, he was taken in the 17th round by the Oakland Athletics out of Pepperdine University.

Before reaching the major leagues, Newhan was traded with Don Wengert from the A’s to the San Diego Padres for Doug Bochtler and Jorge Velandia. After appearing in parts of two seasons for the Padres starting in 1998 (46 games, .143/.229/.317, three home runs, eight RBI), he played parts of two for the Philadelphia Phillies (17 games, .217/.296/.261, one RBI), three for the Baltimore Orioles (230 games, .267/.324/.396, 17 home runs, 93 RBI, 24 stolen bases in 29 attempts), and the New York Mets (56 games, .203/.289/.284, one home run, six RBI.

Before the start of the 2008 season, the Astros signed Newhan through free agency. He racked up 60 appearances with Houston’s Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock, the Express (.308/.355/.535, nine homers, 36 RBI), also making 64 appearances for the Astros at the parent club level.

On June 26, Newhan collected a double and a pair of singles with two RBI in a 7-2 win against the Texas Rangers. On September 7, he hit a tie-breaking RBI-triple as an eighth-inning pinch-hitter in an eventual 7-5 win against the Colorado Rockies.

In what turned out to be his last time in the majors, Newhan hit .260/.297/.404 with five doubles, two triples, and two home runs. He drew six walks, scored 11 runs, and drove in 12, with one stolen base in his only attempt. Defensively, he made one error in 177 23 innings at second base, also playing two innings in left field.

582. Trey Mancini is a six-foot-three right-handed first baseman and outfielder from Winter Haven, FL. Born on March 18, 1992, he was an eighth-round choice of the Baltimore Orioles in 2013 out of the University of Notre Dame. He reached the majors for the first time in 2016 with the OrangeBirds, and eventually played in six seasons for them (taking the abbreviated 2020 campaign off do deal with colon cancer). In 701 games he hit .270/.334/.463 with 117 home runs and 350 RBI, winning the 2021 AL Comeback Player of the Year.

On August 1, 2022, Mancini was part of a three-team, five-player deal with the Orioles, the Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays, costing Houston minor-leaguer Chayce McDermott and Jose Siri and gaining them Mancini and minor leaguer Jayden Murray.

On August 5, Mancini hit two home runs with five RBI for Houston in a 9-3 win against the Cleveland Guardians. On August 13, he had one of his four multiple-hit games with Houston, with two singles, a double, and an RBI in an 8-0 triumph over the Oakland Athletics.

Mancini played 148 innings in the outfield and another 84 at first base, staying error free at each position. He went 29-for-165 overall, with seven doubles and eight home runs, with 18 walks, 17 runs, and 22 RBI, with 49 strikeouts, with a .176/.258/.364 line.

In the postseason, Mancini went a miserable one-for-21, but will always be looked at as a hero due to the flashing of first base leather in game five of the World Series.

Mancini was not retained, and played the 2023 season for the Chicago Cubs after signing through free agency (79 games, .234/.299/.336, four homers, 28 RBI).

581. Yorkis Pérez is a six-foot left-handed pitcher from Bajos de Haina, DR. Born on September 30, 1967, he made his first professional appearance at the age of 15 with the Elizabethton Twins, in the Rookie-level Appalachian League in 1983. Before making his way to the major leagues, Pérez also played in the minors with the Montreal Expos and the Atlanta Braves.

In 1991, Pérez made his first major league appearances with the Chicago Cubs, going 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in three games, striking out three in 4 23 innings. He later appeared in the majors for the Florida Marlins (8-10, one save, 4.73, 135 IP), the New York Mets (0-1, 8.31, 8 23 IP), and the Philadelphia Phillies (3-3, 3.86, 84 IP). Near the end of 2000 Spring Training, the Phillies traded Pérez to Houston for Trever Miller (number 190 on our list).

Pérez appeared in 33 games in relief for Houston through the 2000 campaign, going 2-1 with a 5.16 ERA. In 22 23 innings, he struck out 21 and allowed 18 hits (13 earned) on 14 walks and 25 hits, for a 1.721 WHIP and a 97 ERA+.

On April 12, Pérez preserved a 5-5 tie with a perfect eighth, then earned the win after Houston scored twice in the bottom of the inning in a 7-5 win against the St. Louis Cardinals. On July 21, in garbage time (trailing 11-1), Pérez entered in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and nobody out, stranding all three then pitching another scoreless inning with three strikeouts in total. The Astros eventually lost to the Cardinals, 12-1.

In fact, Pérez stranded 21-of-25 inherited runners during his season with Houston, although he was used in more lower leverage situations (0.44 aLi). He later played in the majors with the Baltimore Orioles in 2002 (0-0, one save, 3.29, 27 13 IP).

580. J.D. Davis is a six-foot-three right-handed corner infielder and outfielder from Elk Grove, CA. Born on April 27, 1993, he was a fifth-round choice of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011 out of Elk Grove HS. In 2014, he was a third-round selection of Houston, out of California State University at Fullerton.

Davis reached the bigs with Houston in 2017, and appeared in 24 games through Houston’s first charge to the World Series Championship. He had three multihit games through the regular season, including on September 2, with a double and a solo home run in a 12-8 win against the New York Mets. Overall he slashed .226/.279/.484 with four doubles and four home runs, with four walks, eight runs, and seven RBI. Defensively, he gave Houston 148 23 perfect innings at the hot corner. Davis did not appear in Houston’s postseason run.

Davis played in another 42 big league games for the Astros in 2018, hitting .175/.248/.223 with one home run and five RBI. That home run and three of those RBI were on May 28, in a 5-1 win against the New York Yankees. Overall he was 18-for-103 with two doubles and four runs scored, with 10 walks and 29 RBI. Defensively, he made three errors at third base for a .927 fielding percentage, but also fielded at 1.000 in 84 23 innings at first base and another 26 in left field. In three pitching performances over his two seasons with the team, he racked up a hard-to-believe 1.125 WHIP over 2 23 innings, with four strikeouts.

Before Spring Training in 2019, the Astros traded Davis with minor leaguer Cody Bohanek to the Mets for minor leaguers Scott Manea, Luis Santana and Ross Adolph. After four seasons with the Mets (335 games, .278/.364/.451, 37 home runs, 120 RBI), he spent the past season-and-a-half with the San Francisco Giants (193 games, .251/.333/.431, 26 home runs, 83 RBI). He’s currently still a part of the Giants’ 40-man roster.

579. Jim Pendleton was a six-foot right-handed outfielder and shortstop from St. Charles, MO. Born on January 7, 1924, he made his first professional appearance with the Chicago American Giants in the Negro American League in 1948, where he hit .321 in 13 games at the major league level.

Pendleton played a lot of minor league ball over the next 15 years, but he also appeared in 340 games at the major league level with the Minnesota Braves (213 games, .254/.276/.364, eight home runs, 43 RBI), the Pittsburgh PIrates (49 games, .306/.392/.355, nine RBI), and the Cincinnati Reds (65 games, .257/.309/.354, three home runs, nine RBI).

At the age of 38, in Houston’s first major league season, Pendleton was the Colt .45s first-ever Opening Day left fielder. On April 19 and 21, he had back-to-back three-hit games, with two doubles and one RBI in a 6-0 win against the Chicago Cubs and a 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. In 117 games, Pendelton had 18 multi-hit affairs. On May 31, Pendleton collected four RBI with a single and a homer in a 10-6 win against the Cubs.

After his playing career, Pendleton remained in Houston for the rest of his life, passing on in 1996 at the age of 72.

578. Cionel Pérez is a six-foot right-handed batting and lefty-throwing pitcher from La Habana, Cuba. Born on April 21, 1996, he made his first appearances with the Cocodrilos Matanzas in the Cuban National League in 2013-14, going 3-3 with a 2.44 ERA in 51 23 innings.

In 2018, Pérez made his first major league appearances with the Astros, appearing in eight games through the second half of the season. Houston used him in the lowest possible leveraged situations, with an aLi of 0.05, but everyone should be so lucky. To start without pressure seems like a pretty good problem to have. On July 14, in his second appearance, he pitched a perfect ninth in a non-save situation to finish off the Detroit Tigers, 9-1. In his final appearance of the season, on September 26, he struck out three over as many innings, allowing one run in a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Pérez finished 2018 with a 3.97 in 11 13 innings, with 12 strikeouts and a 1.147 WHIP. In 2019, he played all but five games in the minors between the Round Rock Express, the Fayetteville Cardinals, and the GCL Astros in Houston’s minors, with a 4.94 ERA in 54 23 innings.

On June 7, in his first appearance of the season, Pérez pitched three perfect innings in his first sighting of the major league season, striking out a pair and earning a win in a 4-3, 11-inning victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Despite Pérez’ abbreviated time in the majors for the season, he was trusted in more significant game situations (aLi 0.87), but not including his final appearance on September 9. He pitched the ninth inning of a 15-0 win against the Oakland Athletics, striking out a pair and not allowing a baserunner. He struck out seven in nine innings, but allowed 10 runs on 11 hits and two walks.

Lacking a minor-league season in 2020 Pérez spent a little more than half of the season with the Astros, starting on August 21. On August 24, he struck out three in two shutout innings in a an 11-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. In January 2021, the Astros traded Pérez to the Cincinnati Reds for minor league catcher and singer Luke Berryhill.

After a season with the Reds (1-2, four saves, 6.38, 24 IP), Pérez joined the Baltimore Orioles (11-3, 2.43, 111 IP) for a pair of seasons. He’s still on Baltimore’s 40-man roster.

577. David Paulino is a six-foot-six right-handed pitcher from Nizao, DR. Born on February 6, 1994, he got his start in the farm for the Detroit Tigers in 2011, with the DSL Rookie-level Tigers. In 2013, Paulino was the PTBNL in an earlier deal when the Tigers sent Danry Vasquez and a PTBNL to the Astros for Jose Veras.

The 2016 campaign would see Paulino pitched to a 5-4 record and a 2.00 ERA over 20 appearances, including 15 starts at three of Houston’s minor league affiliates. In September, he got the nod to start an Astros game on September 8. He ended up allowing four runs on two walks and four hits over three innings to get tagged with an eventual 10-7 loss to the Cleveland Indians. He only appeared in three games for the Astros in September, and he was better each time. In the final game, on September 30, he struck out a pair and gave up just one hit over three shutout innings in a 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Paulino struck out eight in four innings in his next appearance in the bigs, on May 31 the following season, in four innings of a 17-6 win against the Minnesota Twins. He started in six games in total for the Astros between then and June 28. His best was a Quality Start on June 17, when he limited the Red Sox to one run on three hits and a walk, striking out four in a 7-1 victory over Boston.

At the 2018 trade deadline, the Astros sent Paulino, Hector Perez, and Ken Giles to the Toronto Blue Jays for Roberto Osuna. Paulino pitched in seven games for the Jays (1-0, 1.35, 6 23 IP). In 2021, he made a single appearance for the Philadelphia Phillies, giving up two runs in two innings.

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