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Astros Crawfish Boil: January 11, 2024

It’s the Thursday Boil, and the 69th chapter of Everystros.

Wade Miley
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Good morning everyone. Another slow day in baseball news, but Yaíner was named in MLB’s top 10 catchers, and we have chapter 69 of Everystros. That’s something, right?

Houston Astros News

Astros star Justin Verlander’s wife Kate Upton’s London travelogue captures city’s crown jewels in sparkling style I know everyone hates sportskeeda, but....Kate.

Soto, Guerrero among 194 still with uncertain salaries ahead of Thursday’s abitration swap deadline (SA Express-News)

Houston Astros announce start times for 2024 regular season games (CW39)

AL West News

A’s — Athletics’ Michel Otanez: Signs minors deal with Oakland (CBS)

M’s — Mariners Claim RHP Mauricio Llovera Off Waivers From Boston (Mariners Blog)

Halos — “This team will be trash”: Angels fans disappointed as team reportedly on a ‘holding pattern’ (SK)

Mall Cops — Rangers Sign Shane Greene, Two Others To Minor League Deals (RealGM)

MLB News

Which teams will hoist next 10 World Series trophies? Guess who they left out? Guess they have to be shown. Again. “Experts,” smh.

The dark-horse rotation that might surprise in ‘24 Spoiler — it’s the Reds.

Q&A with new O’s pitching coach Drew French

MLB Network ranks Top 10 catchers: Realmuto’s 3-year reign at No. 1 ends — ...and your boy Yaíner comes in at number eight. I think they’re being cautious.

JAWS and the 2024 Hall of Fame Ballot: José Bautista (FG)

Houston Astros Birthdays

RHP Juan Estrella (19)

OF Luis Baez (20)

Everystros LXIX

203. Wade Miley (Bagwell score 26.01) is a six-foot-one left-handed pitcher from Hammond, LA. Born on November 13, 1986, he was a 20th-round choice of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2005 out of Loranger High School. After instead electing to pursue higher education, he was subsequently chosen in the first round in 2008 by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of Southeastern Louisiana University, with the 43rd choice off the board.

Miley’s first major league experience would happen with Arizona, starting in 2011 and lasting four seasons (38-35, 3.79, 638 23 IP, 499 K, 2012 All-Star). He also played with the Boston Red Sox (11-11, 4.46, 193 23 IP, 147 K), the Seattle Mariners (7-8, 4.98, 112 IP, 82 K), the Baltimore Orioles (10-20, 5.75, 211 13 IP, 197 K), and the Milwaukee Brewers (5-2, 2.57, 80 23 IP, 50 K). On October 29, 2018, the Crew granted Miley his free agency.

Miley signed with the Astros for one year and $4.5 million to play 2019 with Houston. He started the year as Houston’s number-four starter, and took 33 turns through the regular season. Fourteen of those turns were Quality Starts. On April 6, Miley held the Athletics scoreless on four hits and two walks, with four strikeouts in 5 23 innings of an eventual 6-0 win against Oakland. On July 23, he pitched a season-high eight innings and struck out six while giving up two runs on two walks and four hits, in an eventual 4-3 loss to Oakland.

When the dust settled on the regular season, Miley had a career-best .700 win percentage with a 14-6 record. He had a 3.98 ERA, a 1.345 WHIP, and a .254/.321/.406 opposing slashline, with 61 walks and 140 strikeouts. He drew a walk and contributed a sacrifice hit in six plate appearances, and committed one error in 27 chances in the field for a .963 fielding percentage.

Thanks to a very bad September (2-3, 16.68, 3.088 WHIP), Miley was used very little in the postseason, appearing in one game against the Rays and allowing three runs, two earned, in 2 23 innings in a Game three 10-3 loss to Tampa Bay. On October 31, 2019, the Astros granted Miley free agency once more.

Miley went on to pitch with the Cincinnati Reds (12-10, 3.55, 177 13 IP, 137 K), the Chicago Cubs (2-2, 3.16, 37 IP, 28 K), and a second tour with the Brewers (9-4, 3.14, 120 13 IP, 79 K). He remains on Milwaukee’s 40-man roster.

202. Ken Giles (Bagwell score 28.53) is a six-foot-three right-handed pitcher from Albuquerque, NM. Born on September 20, 1990, he was a 44th-round choice of the Florida Marlins in 2009 out of Rio Grande High School. Not content with that, he attended Yavapai College and two years later was taken in the seventh round by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Giles made his first major league appearances with the 2014 Phillies, and spent two seasons in their bullpen (9-4, 1.56, 115 23 IP, 151 K). On December 12, 2015, Philadelphia traded Giles with Jonathan Araúz to the Astros for Harold Arauz (no relation to Jonathan), Mark Appel, Brett Oberholtzer, Vince Velasquez, and Thomas Eshelman.

In 2016, Giles led Houston’s bullpen with 69 appearances and tied with Luke Gregerson for the team-lead with 15 saves (Will Harris had 12 as well). Giles was 2-5 with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.294 WHIP. He also limited opponents to 25 walks while striking out 102, a 14.0 K/9 and a 4.1 K/BB. When facing Giles, opponents hit .234/.306/.402. A very high-leverage pitcher, at 1.85, Giles wasn’t particularly skilled at holding inherited runners, letting seven-of-13 eventually cross the plate.

On May 17, Giles inherited three runners with one out from Dallas Keuchel in the seventh against the White Sox, then struck out Jimmy Rollins and José Abreu to end the threat in an eventual 6-5, 11-inning win over Chicago. On August 7, Giles accomplished a rare feat when he collected six strikeouts in 1 23 shutout innings despite allowing three hits in a 5-3 loss to the Texas Rangers.

In 2017, Giles inherited the full-time closer role, leading the team with an AL-fourth 34 saves. Giles was 1-3 with a 2.30 ERA and a team-second 1.037 WHIP and an opposing hitter slashline of .198/.268/.297. He walked 21 and struck out 83 in 62 23 innings, and pitched at a somewhat reduced aLI of 1.48 and held inherited runners without a score on 11-of-18 occasions.

On August 13, Giles inherited two runners with no outs in the eighth inning from Chris Devenski, escaped without giving up a score, and followed with two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth for his 23rd save of the year in a 2-1 win against the Texas Rangers. Three times through the season did Giles pitch a perfect inning, with three strikeouts and no baserunners allowed, including on September 5 when he came within one pitch of an immaculate inning. He struck out Kyle Seager on three pitches, Mitch Haniger on four, then Ben Gamel on three in a 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners.

In the 2017 charge to their first World Series title, Giles pitched in seven games and struck out 10 in 7 23 innings. He also gave up 10 runs on 12 hits, going 0-2 with a 11.74 ERA and 2.217 WHIP. In the end, Houston was good enough to absorb the poor statline.

In 2018, GIles struck out 31 and walked three over 30 23 innings for Houston, going 0-2 with 12 saves, a 4.99 ERA, a 1.272 WHIP, and a .286/.302/.421 opposing slashline. He saved 12 games and pitched at a 1.02 aLI, allowing one-of-three inherited runners to score. On April 30, he struck out the side to earn his third save of the year in a 2-1 win against the New York Yankees. On July 30, the Astros traded Giles to the Toronto Blue Jays with David Paulino and Hector Perez for Roberto Osuna.

Giles pitched in parts of three seasons with the Jays (2-4, 2.83, 76 13 IP, 111 K) and appeared in five games for the Mariners in 2022 (0-0, 0.00, 4 13 IP, six K). He spent 2023 in the minors for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and has been available via free agency since November 6.

201. Curt Blefary (Bagwell score 29.88) was a six-foot-two righty-throwing and lefty-batting OF/1B/C from Pompano Beach, FL. Born on July 5, 1943, he got his first look at the majors in 1965 with the Baltimore Orioles, and played with them for four seasons (567 games, .239/.347/.417, 82 home runs, 254 RBI, 1965 AL Rookie of the Year). On December 4, 1968, the O’s sent Blefary with John Mason to the Astros for Enzo Hernández, Elijah Johnson, and Mike Cuellar.

Blefary appeared in 155 games for the 1969 Astros, starting 149 games at first base (1322 23 innings, .987) and once in left field (eight innings, 1.000). He was 137-for-542 with 26 doubles , seven triples, 12 homers, and eight stolen bases in 15 attempts, hitting .253/.347/.393. He drew 77 walks and struck out 79 times, scoring 66 runs and driving in 67.

Through the season, Blefary authored 32 multiple-hit games, including five times where he collected three. On May 6, he reached on an error and stole a base in the second, hit a fourth-inning RBI-single, then hit a two-run game-tying double in the eighth, in an eventual 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. On May 18, he hit a two-run game-tying double in the sixth against the Cubs, in an eventual 6-5 win over Chicago.

On June 18, Blefary singled in the fourth, hit a game-tying RBI-single in the sixth and singled in the eighth inning of a 3-1 win against the Atlanta Braves. Two days later, in the second game of a doubleheader against the San Diego Padres, he singled in the second and hit a game-tying seventh-inning RBI-double, later scoring in another 3-1 Astros victory.

On July 12, Blefary opened up the score with a first-inning three-run homer against the Reds, then singled and scored in the seventh inning of a 10-4 win over Cincinnati. On August 12, he hit an RBI-groundout in the fourth to cut a four-run lead to three against the Mets, then hit a sixth-inning go-ahead three-run homer in an 8-7 win against the eventual World Champs.

On December 4, 1969, Houston traded Blefary to the New York Yankees for Joe Pepitone. After his time with the Bombers (120 games, .210/.317/.331, 10 home runs, 39 RBI, Blefary later played for the Oakland Athletics (58 games, .241/.333/.411, five homers, 13 RBI) and the Padres (74 games, .196/.320/.314, three home runs, nine RBI). Blefary died in 2001 of chronic pancreatitis.

200. Brian Bogusevic (Bagwell score 30.22) is a six-foot-three left-handed outfielder from Oak Lawn, IL. Born on February 18, 1984, he was Houston’s first-round choice in 2005 out of Tulane University with the 24th overall choice. It was a good first round, with 14 eventual 10+ bWAR players. Bogusevic was selected between two of them, Jacoby Ellsbury by the Boston Red Sox and Matt Garza by the Minnesota Twins.

Bogusevic made his major league debut in 2010 with the Astros, going five-for-28 in 19 appearances. He slashed .179/.258/.286 with three doubles and one stolen base in two attempts. He drew three walks and struck out 12 times, scoring five runs and driving in three. As a defender, he started three games in left (29 innings), two games in center (17 innings), and one game in right (nine innings) without committing an error. On September 20, he had the first two-hit game of his career, with a single and a double in an 8-2 win over the Washington Nationals.

In 2011, Bogusevic spent his rookie status by appearing in 87 games for Houston. He started 31 games in right (277 innings, .975) and four times in left (47 innings, 1.000). As a hitter, he was 47-for-164 with 14 doubles, one triple, four home runs, and four stolen bases in six attempts. He drew 15 walks and struck out 40 times, scoring 22 runs and driving in 15 more, finishing the season with a career-best 122 OPS+.

Bogusevic had seven multi-hit games, including three times where he had three. On April 26, he entered as a pinch-hitter and led off the ninth with a single, later crossing the plate with the tying run against the Cardinals on a wild pitch. Bill Hall drove in the game-winner with a run-scoring single later in the inning. On August 16, Bogusevic entered with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, and hit a walk-off grand slam for a 6-5 Houston win over the Chicago Cubs. On August 22, he hit a single, a double, and a homer in a 9-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

Bogusevic remained with Houston in 2012, and slashed .203/.297/.299 by going 72-for-355 with nine doubles, two triples, seven home runs, and 15 stolen bases in 19 attempts. He drew 41 walks and struck out 96 times, scoring 39 runs and driving 28 in. In the field, he started 73 times in right field (689 23 innings, .976), 10 times in center (116 innings, .970) and zero times in left (2 13 innings), also turning in one frame as a pitcher.

Bogusevic had 11 multihit games through the 2012 campaign, his last with the Astros. On May 8, he entered as an eighth-inning pinch-hitter with two outs and a runner on second, driving him in with a double to take a 3-2 lead over the Miami Marlins, in an eventual win by the same score. On June 28, he hit a two-run go-ahead homer in the seventh inning against the Padres, in an eventual 7-3 loss to San Diego.

On November 3, 2012, Houston granted Bogusevic free agency. He went on to play with the Chicago Cubs (47 games, .273/.323/.462, six homers, 16 RBI) and the Philadelphia Phillies (22 games, .259/.295/.414, two home runs, five RBI).

199. Eddie Kasko (Bagwell score 27.60) is a six-foot right-handed infielder from Elizabeth, NJ. Born on June 27, 1931, he played his first major league game in 1957 with the St. Louis Cardinals, eventually playing two seasons with the club (238 games, .255/.304/.316, three home runs, 57 RBI). He also played with the Cincinnati Reds (580 games, .277/.329/.353, 17 home runs, 160 RBI, 1961 All-Star). On January 20, 1964, the Reds traded Kasko to the Houston Colt .45s for Jim Dickson and Wally Wolf.

Kasko hit .243/.302/.283 in 1964 for the Colts, going 109-for-448 with 16 doubles, one triple, and four stolen bases in 10 attempts. In the field he started 113 games at shortstop (1063 13 innings, .978) and zero at third base (4 23 innings, .500). He drew 37 walks and struck out 52 times, scoring 45 times and driving in 22.

Kasko had 27 multi-hit games in 1964, including seven three-hit games. On July 18, he hit a ninth-inning game-tying double, then scored the go ahead run later in the frame as the Colts topped the San Francisco Giants, 2-1. On July 25, he hit a fourth-inning RBI-single, then added an eighth-inning go-ahead two-run double in an eventual 5-3 win over the Chicago Cubs.

Kasko remained with Houston, by then the Astros, in 1965. In 68 games, he started 53 games at shortstop (474 innings, .976) and once at third base (14 innings, 1.000). On offense, he was 53-for-215 with seven doubles, one triple, one home run, and one stolen base in four attempts. He slashed .247/.296/.302 and drew 15 walks, striking out 19 times, scoring 18 runs and driving in 10.

Kasko had another 14 multiple-hit games, collecting three of them twice. On April 27, he was used as a ninth-inning defensive replacement and stuck around long enough to provide a walkoff-come-from-behind two-run-double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for a 3-2 win against the New York Mets.

On April 3, 1966, Houston traded Kasko to the Boston Red Sox for Félix Mantilla. Kasko played one season with the Red Sox (58 games, .213/.291/.287, one home run, 12 RBI). After his playing career, he managed the Red Sox for four years (345-295, .539). He later headed up Boston’s scouting department, identifying talent and signing many future stars, including then-future Astros Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, and Jeff Bagwell. Kasko lived until 2020, when he died of old age in Richmond, VA. SABR Bio

198. Matt Dominguez (Bagwell score 16.23) is a six-foot-two right-handed third baseman from Los Angeles, CA. Born on August 28, 1989, he was a first-round choice of the Florida Marlins in 2007 out of Chatsworth Charter High School, with the 12th overall choice. Nine members of the first-round draft class eventually registered a bWAR of greater than 10. Dominguez himself was drafted two spots after Madison Bumgarner (37.3) and two spots before Jason Heyward (40.7).

Dominguez reached the majors for the first time in 2011 with the Marlins (17 games, .244/.292/.333, two RBI). On July 4, 2012, Miami traded him with Rob Rasmussen to Houston for Carlos Lee.

Dominguez appeared in 31 games for Houston in 2012, starting 27 times at third base (245 23 innings, .987). He went 31-for-109 with two doubles, two triples, and five home runs. He drew four walks and struck out 17 times, scoring 14 times and driving in 16. He had eight multiple hit efforts. On September 7, he entered as a defensive replacement for Jose Altuve in the third inning against Cincinnati, then hit a seventh-inning single and a ninth-inning come-from-behind go-ahead three-run home run in a 5-3 victory over the Reds.

In 2013, Dominguez slashed .241/.286/.403 in 152 games for Houston, starting 149 games at third base (1312 13 innings, .963). He was 131-for-543 with 25 doubles, 21 home runs, and no stolen bases in one attempt. He drew 30 walks and struck out 96 times, scoring 56 runs and driving in 77. On 34 occasions he finished a game with more than one hit, including seven instances of three or more.

On June 20, Dominguez hit a fifth-inning single and scored, added an RBI-double in the sixth, and hit a leadoff double in a tie game to lead off the ninth, in an eventual 7-4 Houston walkoff victory. On July 23, he hit a two-run game-tying double in the ninth-inning, setting the stage for another walkoff victory, 5-4 over the Oakland Athletics.

On August 18, Dominguez singled and scored in the second, singled in the third inning, hit a three-run seventh-inning go-ahead home run, and finished the game with a ninth-inning single in a 7-5 Astros victory over the Los Angeles Angels. On August 26, he hit a second-inning single and scored, reached on a groundout and scored in the seventh, and hit a go-ahead solo home run in the ninth, in a 10-8 win against the Chicago White Sox.

Dominguez appeared in 157 games in 2014 when the Astros began their ascension to baseball royalty. He started 147 games at third base (1302 23 innings, .972) and four at designated hitter. He was 121-for-564 with 17 doubles, 16 home runs, and one unsuccessful stolen base attempt and a .215/.256/.330 line.

Dominguez drew 29 walks and struck out 125 times, scoring 51 runs and driving in 57. He also added to his multiple-hit game total 27 more times, including three times where he got three. On July 20, he hit a third-inning RBI-single, a fifth-inning two-run homer, and a go-ahead RBI-double in an 11-7 win over the Chicago White Sox. On August 31, he hit a second-inning RBI-single and a game-tying eighth-inning solo home run, in an eventual 3-2 win against the Texas Rangers.

On June 16, 2015, the Toronto Blue Jays claimed Dominguez off waivers. In 2016, he made it back to the majors for a five-game look with the Jays, going 0-for-11.

197. Carl Warwick (Bagwell score 19.18) is a five-foot-10 righty-batting lefty-throwing outfielder from Dallas, TX. Born on February 27, 1937, he played for the first time in the major leagues in 1961 with the Los Angeles Dodgers (19 games, .091/.231/.091, one RBI), then later played two tours with the St. Louis Cardinals (206 games, .241/.298/.356, eight home runs, 41 RBI). On May 7, 1962, the Cardinals sent Warwick with John Anderson to the Colt .45s for Bobby Shantz.

After the trade, Warwick played in 130 games for Houston, hitting .260/.312/.400 by going 124-for-477 with 17 doubles, one triple, 16 home runs, and two stolen bases in five attempts. He drew 38 walks struck out 77 times, scored 63 runs and drove in 60.

On May 30, Warwick hit a pair of singles and a pair of doubles in a 14-inning win against the Chicago Cubs. The next day, he tripled and scored in the second, then hit a two-run come-from-behind, go-ahead single and scored in the ninth in a 10-6 win against the Cubs.

On September 15, Warwick singled and scored in the third, hit a go-ahead RBI-sacrifice fly in the fourth, an RBI-single in the sixth, a go-ahead, and a three-run homer in the eighth in a 9-8 loss to the Milwaukee Braves. On September 22, he led off the first with a home run, led off the sixth with a single and scored, then led off the ninth with a single, and crossed the plate on a Roman Mejias two-run walk-off single in a 6-5 win over the San Francisco Giants.

In 1963, Warwick appeared in 150 games, starting 103 times in right (951 13 innings, .983). He also made zero errors in 18 starts in left (168 13 innings), 11 in center (85 innings), and two at first (20 innings).

At the plate, he hit .254/.319/.348, going 134-for-528 with 19 doubles, five triples, seven homers, and three stolen bases in six attempts. He drew 49 walks and struck out 70 times, scoring 49 runs and driving in 47.

On April 12, Warwick hit a game-tying RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth inning, in an eventual 2-1, 12-inning win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. On June 7, he hit a walk-off RBI-single in a 2-1 win over the Giants.

On June 26, Warwick hit four singles in a 7-2 win against the Braves. On August 5, he entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth, then in his first plate appearance of the game, he drove the walkoff game-winner home with an RBI-single. On August 9, he hit four singles with an RBI in a 7-6, 15-inning win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On February 17, 1964, the Colts sent Warwick to the Cardinals for Jim Beauchamp and Chuck Taylor. Warwick later played with the Baltimore Orioles (nine games, .000/.176/.000), and the Chicago Cubs (16 games, .227/.227/.227). SABR Bio

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