It is Tuesday. This is a Crawfish Boil.
After half of the 2023 MLB Draft, Dana Brown and the Houston Astros War Room have a mixed bag. Of course, all prognostications are hearsay at best and blind imagination at worst, but the jury is usually out on a draft until at least four years have passed.
Houston Astros News
Astros prioritize college performers on second day of draft (theathletic.com)
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker in his element at All-Star Game (houstonchronicle.com)
Yordan Alvarez hopeful he can return to Astros shortly after All-Star break (houstonchronicle.com)
These critical factors lay the groundwork for Houston Astros second half surge (houston.sportsmap.com)
Derek Jeter Praises the Astros Ahead of the Playoffs (climbingtalshill.com)
AL West News
Spotlight is on J-Rod in Seattle (arkansasonline.com)
MLB division odds: Rangers, Reds worth backing (thescore.com)
A’s Outright Rico Garcia (yardbarker.com)
MLB’s Athletics Franchise Has Been A Perennial Problem For Decades (sportstalkflorida.com)
Yankees’ Cole and Diamondbacks’ Gallen will start the MLB All-Star Game (pressdemocrat.com)
How to follow Day 3 of the 2023 MLB Draft (athleticsnation.com)
How Vladimir Guerrero Jr. won the 2023 MLB Home Run Derby (theathletic.com)
Houston Astros Birthdays
RHP Yorman Bazardo (39) pitched to a 5.00 FIP in 32 innings back in 2009.
Donne Wall (56) was 14-14 as a member of the Astros rotation from 1995 through 1997, recording a 4.54 FIP and 1.440 WHIP.
Bert Peña (1959-2023) was a left-side infielder for Houston from 1981 through 1987. He hit .203 over 88 contests, with one home run and 10 RBI.
LHP Ron Cook (76) went 4-8 with a 3.71 FIP and 1.417 WHIP coming out of Houston’s bullpen in 1970 and 1971.