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Astros Crawfish Boil: Thursday, February 2, 2023

It’s a (belated) Thursday Boil.

2022 World Series Game 6: Philadelphia Phillies v. Houston Astros
Framber Valdez during the final game of the 2022 season.
Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Getty Images

It’s the Thursday Boil!

Forgive the late.

Houston Astros News

Astros GM Dana Brown gives ‘realistic’ take on Yuli Gurriel situation (

Houston Astros Announce Signing of Relief Pitcher to Minor League Deal (

Five sensible options for the Houston Astros’ final roster spot (

Astros Right Fielder Focused On Season Not Arbitration Case (

Houston Astros’ Framber Valdez Disrespected Yet Again (

Around the AL West

Mariners ready to challenge Astros in AL West: ‘We’re not going anywhere’ (

Jesús Aguilar expected to have everyday role with A’s (

Rangers 1B Nathaniel Lowe Proud to Hit .300, Says Average Matters (

Angels News: MLB Insider Says Halos Out of Shohei Ohtani Race, Dodgers are Favorite (

Other MLB News

Dodgers: Freddie Freeman Talks Added Motivation After LA’s Postseason Loss to Padres (

Cubs News: Dexter Fowler is coming back to Chicago (

MLBits: MLB Network Dropped, How the Sign-Stealing Got Exposed, Antitrust Attacks, and More (

MLB fans share their opinions over the latest win projections for the 2023 season (

Oops! All Astros: Ross Adolph

Ross Adolph is a six-foot-one, 203 lb. outfielder from Findlay, OH. Born on December 17, 1996, he was a 12th-round selection of the New York Mets in 2018. Taken 350th overall out of the University of Toledo, Adolph would be the 11th to make the majors after getting selected at that spot. It’s a group led by Mike Mason (5.1 WAR).

On January 6, 2019, Adolph was traded to the Houston Astros. According to

Traded by Mets with Luis Santana and Scott Manea to Astros for Cody Bohanek and J.D. Davis

Adolph went from Low-A to Double-A between 2019 and 2021. While with the Corpus Christi Hooks in 2021, he slashed .245/.339/.454 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI.

The 2022 season would start for Adolph back at the Double-A level with the Hooks. In 66 games, he only collected multiple hits 12 times, including on September 14, when he hit two singles and a double with an RBI in a 3-2 loss to the Arkansas Travelers.

So Adolph hit .250 between 59 games at Double-A and seven games of rehab work with the Rookie affiliate. He hit five home runs and 31 RBI, and stole 11 bases in 18 attempts. Where Adolph really sets himself apart, however, is in his walk-rate. He drew 55 bases on balls in 275 plate appearances, a full 20 percent. Patience is the name of the game for this guy. Currently still rostered with the Hooks, I think it’s pretty likely Adolph joins the Triple-A Sugar Land Space Cowboys sometime during the 2023 season.