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Tuesday Crawfish Boil: January 9, 2024

It’s your Tuesday Boil, and Chapter 67 of Everystros.

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Here’s your Tuesday Boil, and chapter 67 of Everystros.

Houston Astros News

When is the MLB Arbitration deadline? Astros players who are eligible & more (CTH)

Chris Sale: “If the Astros were the only team doing it ... I know for a fact they weren’t” - When Chris Sale gave his honest (I know everyone hates Sportskeeda, but look, this guy is defending Houston).

Bell’s unconventional road to a big league uniform

AL West News

A’s — Canceled minor league game by A’s draws attention from city council

M’s — Mariners ‘Still Interested’ in Jorge Soler? How Would That Work? (News Center Maine)

Halos — Angels Falling Behind in Race to Sign Shota Imanaga (YB)

Mall Cops — Ranking Texas Rangers’ top 30 prospects: Is Abimelec Ortiz’s season sustainable? (KVUE)

MLB News

MLB’s best player may not be who you think

Imanaga signing coming soon, and ‘it’s all pointing’ to this team (it’s the Giants)

Yankees, RHP Stroman have ‘mutual interest’

Who will be MLB’s next unanimous Hall of Famer?

Mariners and Rays Each Make a Pair of Trades, Gain Roster Clarity (FG)

Houston Astros Birthdays

RHP Jay Howell (52)

RHP T.J. Mathews (54)

OF Stan Javier (60)

IF Leosdany Molina (24)

Everystros LXVII

Today’s chapter of Everystros features players ranked from 211 through 217 in team-history, those with over 500 plate transactions and between 1.3 and 1.4 bWAR.

217. Bill Gullickson (Bagwell score 16.77) is a six-foot-three right-handed pitcher from Marshall, MN. Born on February 20, 1959, he was a first-round choice of the Montreal Expos in 1977 out of Joliet Catholic Academy, with the second overall choice (behind only future Hall-of-Famer Harold Baines and just in front of Hall-of-Famer Paul Molitor).

Gullickson reached the majors for the first time in 1979 with the Expos, and played seven seasons north-of-the-border (72-61, 3.44, 1186 13 IP, 678 K). He later played with the Cincinnati Reds (25-23, 3.98, 409 23 IP, 210 K) and the New York Yankees (4-2, 4.88, 48 IP, 28 K).

Gullickson started a full slate of rotational turns in his only season with the Astros, and went 10-14 with a 3.82 ERA. He issued 61 walks and struck out 73 in 193 13 innings, and allowed 100 runs (82 earned) on 221 hits. He had a 1.459 WHIP and a .287/.338/.441 opposing slashline.

On June 2, Gullickson allowed one run and struck out nine in eight innings, also allowing nine total hits in a no-decision. Houston’s bullpen couldn’t hold on, with Dave Smith giving up two in the ninth and Danny Darwin giving up two in the 10th, in a 5-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

On August 6, Gullickson surrendered one run on a solo homer, and scattered seven meaningless singles and zero walks while striking out five in a complete game, 4-1 win against the Giants. On September 29, he pitched a shutout in his final start for Houston. He walked four and gave up six hits, only striking out one, but earning a 9-0 victory against the Atlanta Braves.

Gullickson was nine-for-57 at bat, with one home run and five RBI in his only season with the Astros. He also handled 24 chances without an error in the field. On October 4, 1990, Houston released him.

Gullickson later signed with the Detroit Tigers, leading the majors in 1991 with 20 victories. In four total seasons with Detroit, he was 51-36 with a 4.68 ERA and 290 K’s in 722 23 innings.

216. Chuck Harrison (Bagwell score 21.14) is a five-foot-10 right-handed first baseman from Abilene, TX. Born on April 25, 1941, he got to the major leagues for the first time with the Houston Astros in 1965. He appeared in 15 games for his maiden voyage, going nine-for-45 with four doubles and a home run. He drew eight walks and struck out nine times, and scored two runs while driving in nine, with a .200/.321/.356 slashline. He fielded at .983, making two errors in 105 innings over 12 starts at first base.

On September 26, down by a run in the bottom of the ninth, with two on and one out, Harrison made his first career homer count with a walk-off three-run shot for a 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

In 1966, Harrison appeared in a career-high 119 games, starting 113 of them at first base and fielding at .992 over 989 23 innings in the field. As a hitter, he slashed .256/.316/.380, going 111-for-434 with 23 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and two steals without getting caught. He drew 37 walks against 69 strikeouts, and scored 52 runs while driving in 52 as well.

On July 3, Harrison hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead over the Reds in an eventual win by the same score. On August 27, he hit a leadoff home run to put the Astros on the board in the second against the Cubs, then added a fourth-inning single, a sixth-inning single with a run, a seventh-inning walk, and a walk-off game-winning RBI-single in a 5-4 win against Chicago. On September 16, he hit a fourth-inning grand-slam to put the Astros ahead of the Phillies, 4-3, then doubled and scored in the sixth in an eventual 6-4 win over Philadelphia.

Harrison played in 70 games in his final season with the Astros, 1967, starting 44 times at first base and fielding at .987 over 415 23 innings. He slashed .243/.292/.350, going 43-for-177 with seven doubles, three triples, and two home runs. He drew 13 walks and struck out 30 times, scoring 13 times and drove 26 in.

On May 23, Harrison hit two doubles and drove in four in an 8-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. On September 26, he hit a leadoff home run to walk-off the Phillies, 3-2. The next day, he hit a ninth-inning single, and walked off the Phillies for the second game in a row with an RBI-single in the 11th inning. Those two games were his last in an Astros uniform.

On October 8, 1967, the Astros traded Harrison with Sonny Jackson to the Atlanta Braves for Denny LeMaster and Denis Menke. Harrison reached the majors once more with the Kansas City Royals (124 games, .219/.272/.292, five home runs, 39 RBI).

215. Jonathan Villar (Bagwell score 23.32) is a six-foot right-handed infielder from La Vega, DR. Born on May 2, 1991, he got to the majors for the first time with the Astros in 2013. In that rookie campaign, he slashed .243/.321/.31, going 51-for-210 with nine doubles, two triples, one home run, and 18 stolen bases in 26 attempts. He drew 24 walks and struck out 71 times, scoring 31 times and driving in 27. He appeared in 58 games in total, starting 57 times at shortstop and fielding at .937 in 499 innings.

On July 23, Villar hit a leadoff double and scored in the first, added a fifth-inning sacrifice bunt and a seventh-inning single, then hit a ninth-inning double and scored the walkoff game-winner in a 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics. On September 9, Villar hit a go-ahead ninth-inning two-run single, later scoring in an eventual 6-4 win over the Seattle Mariners.

In 2014, Villar appeared in 87 games, starting 79 times at shortstop (678 23 innings, .949). He slashed .209/.267/.354, going 55-for-263 with 13 doubles, two triples, seven homers, and 17 stolen bases in 21 attempts. He drew 19 walks and struck out 80 times, with 31 runs and 27 RBI. On September 9, Villar hit a third-inning double, then hit a ninth-inning go-ahead RBI-single in a 2-1 win over the Seattle Mariners.

Villar hit .284/.339/.414 in 53 games for Houston, starting 18 games at shortstop (166 13 innings, .943), eight games at third base (82 13 innings, .862), twice in left field (21 23 innings, 1.000), zero games at second base (6 13 innings, 1.000), and zero games in center field (four innings, 1.000). He was 33-for-116 with seven doubles, one triple, two homers and seven stolen bases in nine attempts. He drew 10 walks and struck out 29 times, scoring 18 runs and driving 11 in.

On November 19, 2015, the Astros traded Villar to the Milwaukee Brewers for Cy Sneed. After three seasons with the Crew (365 games, .266/.335/.413, 36 home runs, 125 RBI), Villar subsequently played with the Baltimore Orioles (216 games, .270/.338/.438, 32 home runs, 97 RBI), the MIami Marlins (30 games, .259/.315/.345, two home runs, nine RBI), the Toronto Blue Jays (22 games, .188/.278/.203, six RBI), the New York Mets (142 games, .249/.433/.416, 18 home runs, 42 RBI), the Chicago Cubs (46 games, .222/.271/.327, two home runs, 15 RBI), and the Los Angeles Angels (.163/.226/.224, one home run, three RBI).

214. Ed Taubensee (Bagwell score 23.50) is a six-foot-four left-handed batting righty-throwing catcher from Beeville, TX. Born on October 31, 1968, he was a sixth-round choice of the Cincinnati Reds in 1986 out of Lake Howell High School. He joined the Oakland Athletics via rule 5 in 1990, and prior to the 1991 season the Cleveland Indians selected him off waivers.

Taubensee played part of a season with the Tribe at the major league level (26 games, .242/.288/.303, eight RBI). On December 10, 1991, the Indians traded Taubensee and Willie Blair to the Astros for Kenny Lofton and Dave Rohde.

Taubensee’s first full season in the majors followed in 1992 with the Astros. He appeared in 104 games, starting 88 times behind the plate (804 13 innings, .992), and threw out 35-of-102 batters, a 106 CS+.

On July 20, Taubensee hit a single, a double, and a home run with two RBI in an 11-8 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. On July 28, he hit three singles and a double with one RBI in a 7-5 win over the Atlanta Braves. On September 26, he hit a fourth-inning single, then added a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning in a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Taubensee slashed .222/.299/.323, going 66-for-297 with 15 doubles, five home runs, and two stolen bases in three attempts. He drew 31 walks and struck out 78 times, scoring 23 runs and driving in 28.

In 1993, Taubensee appeared in 94 games, starting 80 times behind the plate (727 23 innings, .992). He threw out 22-of-73 runners trying to steal, a 97 CS+. He slashed .250/.299/.389, going 72-for-288 with 11 doubles, a triple, nine homers and one stolen base in one attempt. He drew 21 walks and struck out 44 times, with 26 runs scored and 42 driven in. On June 12, Taubensee hit four singles for four RBI in a 14-11 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Yes, it was in Coors’ Field.

Taubensee went one-for-10 in five games for Houston in 1994. On April 19, Houston traded him to the Cincinnati Reds for Ross Powell and Marty Lister. After seven seasons with the Reds (694 games, .286/.343/.460, 77 home runs, 330 RBI), he rejoined the Indians in 2001 (52 games, .250/.315/.362, three homers, 11 RBI). In 2017, Taubensee served as the hitting coach for the Single-A Augusta Greenjackets.

213. John Bateman (Bagwell score 8.45) is a six-foot-three right-handed catcher from Fort Sill, OK. Born on July 21, 1940, he made his major league debut with the Houston Colt .45s in 1963. He appeared in 128 games, starting 111 times behind the plate (963 23 innings, .971), and threw out 37-of-91 trying to steal, for a 98 CS+.

Bateman hit .210/.249/.334 overall, going 85-for-404 with eight doubles, six triples, and 10 homers. He drew 13 walks and struck out 103 times, with 23 runs and 59 RBI. On August 26, he hit a single and scored in the first, then hit a go-ahead three-run inside-the-park home run in an eventual 11-7 loss to the Milwaukee Braves. On September 11, he went four-for-four with an RBI in a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. On September 29, in the final game of the season, he hit a second-inning two-run triple to get the Colts on the board first, then added a go-ahead RBI-single and scored in the fourth. He drew a walk and scored in the fifth inning, as Houston topped the New York Mets, 13-4.

In 1964, Bateman slashed .190/.249/.294, hitting 42-for-221 with eight doubles, five homers, and zero stolen bases in one attempt. He drew 17 walks and struck out 48 times, scoring 18 runs and driving in 19. He started 67 games at catcher, fielding at .987 in 580 23 innings. He threw out 11-of-49 runners, a 22 percent CS-rate that translates to 55 CS+. On July 14, he hit a double and a homer for three RBI in a 6-5, 11-inning Colts loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

Bateman appeared in 45 games in 1965, slashing .197/.256/.380 by going 28-for-142 with three doubles, a triple, seven home runs, and zero stolen bases in one attempt. He drew 12 walks and struck out 37 times, scoring 15 runs and driving in 14. He started 38 games defensively behind the plate, fielding at .985 in 347 13 innings. He had a 125 CS+, throwing out 10-of-22 runners trying to steal. On April 18, Bateman hit two homers for three RBI, accounting for all of Houston’s offense in a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The 1966 season would see Bateman slash .279/.315/.467, going 121-for-433 with 24 doubles, three triples, 17 homers, and zero stolen bases in one attempt. He drew 20 walks and struck out 74 times, scoring 39 runs and driving in 70. His .781 OPS was 123 points higher than the second-best mark of his career. He fielded at .981 over 1023 innings behind the plate, and threw out 26 runners on 75 basestealing attempts, an 88 CS+.

On April 30, Bateman hit a seventh-inning single and a ninth-inning go-ahead RBI-single in a 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves. On May 29, he hit a game-tying two-run seventh-inning homer, and a ninth-inning double in an eventual 3-2, 11-inning victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. On June 18, he hit a second-inning, go-ahead three-run homer, singled and scored in the fourth, and singled in the seventh inning of a 13-5 win against the Chicago Cubs. On August 9, he clubbed two long-balls for three RBI in an 8-5 win over the Cubs.

Bateman played in 76 games in 1967 for Houston, starting 70 times at catcher and fielding at .989 in 604 23 innings. His CS rates were identical to the season just passed, with 35 percent caught out of 48 attempts, for an 88 CS+. As a hitter, he went 48-for-252 with nined doubles and two home runs. He drew 17 walks and struck out 53 times, scoring 16 times and driving in 17.

In 1968, Bateman hit .249/.297/.337 in 111 games for the Astros, going 87-for-350 with 19 doubles, four home runs, and one stolen base in two attempts. In 881 innings at catcher, starting 105 games, he fielded at .985 and threw out 16-of-69 runners a 23 percent CS% that translates to a 59 CS+. He also drew 23 walks and struck out 46 times, scoring 28 runs and driving in 33. On May 31, he hit a two-run go-ahead fourth-inning double in a 3-1 win against the Cubs.

On October 14, 1968, the Montreal Expos selected Bateman as the sixth pick in the expansion draft. He played four seasons for Montreal (370 games, .234/.271/.357, 33 home runs, 146 RBI) and part of 1972 with the Philadelphia Phillies (82 games, .222/.246/.294, three home runs, 17 RBI. (SABR Bio)

212. Barry Latman (Bagwell score 20.53) was a six-foot-three right-handed pitcher from Los Angeles, CA. Born on May 21, 1936, Latman reached the majors initially with the Chicago White Sox in 1957. He played three seasons with the Pale Hose (12-7, 3.33, 216 IP, 134 K), followed by four with the Cleveland Indians (35-37, 4.27, 652 23 IP, 452 K) and two with the Los Angeles/California Angels (7-11, 3.66, 169 23 IP, 99 K).

On December 15, 1965, the Angels traded Latman to the Astros for Ed Pacheco. The 1966 season would see Latman serve as Houston’s long reliever and spot starter, with nine starts and 22 trips out of the pen. He allowed 42 runs (31 earned) on 88 hits and 35 walks, striking out 74 in 103 innings. He was 2-7 with a 2.71 ERA, a 1.194 WHIP, and a .233/.310/.331 opposing slashline. He was a special kind of killer versus right-handers, who finished the year with a .501 OPS against him. He stranded 14-of-17 inherited runners, pitching with a 0.94 aLI.

On April 23, Latman held the Giants to two walks and four hits, with five strikeouts in a 4-0 shutout over San Francisco. On May 11, he pitched 6 13 innings of relief for a victory, holding the Mets to one run on two walks and two hits in a 6-4 win over New York. On September 25, he earned a nine-out save over the Giants, holding them to two hits over the final three innings of a 5-4 Houston victory. Latman went four-for-26 from the plate, and made one error in 22 chances in the field for a .955 fielding percentage.

In 1967, Latman’s final major league season, he started only once and appeared in relief 38 times. He gave up 42 runs (39 earned) on 73 hits and 34 walks, with 70 K’s over 77 23 innings. He was 3-6 with a 4.52 ERA and a 1.378 WHIP, with a more-pedestrian opposing line of .252/.338/.459. On June 2, Latman struck out six over five shutout innings of relief in a 5-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. He was one-for-11 as a hitter and was perfect with 15 fielding chances. (SABR Bio)

211. Brandon Barnes (Bagwell score 30.05) is a six-foot-two right-handed outfielder from Orange, CA. Born on May 15, 1986, he was a sixth-round choice of the Houston Astros in 2005 out of Cypress College.

Barnes reached the major leagues for the first time in 2012 for Houston, and saw him hit .204/.250/.265 in 43 games as a rookie. He was 20-for-98 with three doubles, a homer, and one stolen base in two attempts. He drew five walks, struck out 29 times, scored eight runs, and drove in seven. Defensively, he started 23 games in centerfield (211 13 innings, 1.000), once in right field (14 innings, 1.000), and zero times in left (two innings).

In 2013, Barnes went 98-for-408 in 136 games, a career-high. He slashed .240/.289/.346 with 17 doubles, one triple, and eight home runs, with 11 stolen bases in 22 attempts. He drew 21 walks and struck out 127 times, with 46 runs scored and another 41 driven in. As a defender, he started 102 games in center (913 innings, .991), 11 games in right (87 innings, 1.000), and twice in left (34 23 innings, 1.000).

On July 19 of the season, Barnes started his night off with a solo home run in the second. He followed with a triple in the fourth, a single in the sixth, and a double in the eighth to complete a cycle. For good measure, he singled again in the ninth, but Barnes couldn’t do everything in a 10-7 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

On May 27, Barnes entered in the 11th inning of a 2-2 tie with the Colorado Rockies as a pinch-runner, then stuck around long enough to drive in the winning walkoff run in the 12th on an RBI ground-rule double in a 3-2 win. On September 3, Barnes hit a fifth-inning single, a two-run seventh-inning single, and a three-run ninth-inning home run in a 12-inning, 9-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins. On December 3, 2013, the Astros sent Barnes with Jordan Lyles to the Rockies for Dexter Fowler.

Barnes played three seasons for Colorado (286 games, .249/.295/.376, 10 home runs, 52 RBI) and one with the Cleveland Indians (19 games, .263/.333/.421, one home run, two RBI).

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