Astros 2015 schedule (times to be announced):
Astros 2015 schedule
April 6 – vs. Indians
April 8-9 – vs. Indians
April 10-12 – at Rangers
April 13-15 – vs. A’s
April 17-18 – vs. Angels
April 20-22 – at Mariners
April 24-26 – at A’s
April 27-29 – at Padres
April 30-May 3 – vs. Mariners
May 4-6 – vs. Rangers
May 7-10 – at Angels
May 12-13 – vs. Giants
May 14-17 – vs. Blue Jays
May 18-20 – vs. A’s
May 21-24 – at Tigers
May 25-27 – at Orioles
May 29-31 – vs. White Sox
June 1-4 – vs. Orioles
June 5-7 – at Blue Jays
June 8-10 – at White Sox
June 12-14 – vs. Mariners
June 15-16 – vs. Rockies
June 17-18 – at Rockies
June 19-21 – at Mariners
June 22-24 – at Angels
June 25-28 – vs. Yankees
June 29-July 1 – vs. Royals
July 3-5 – at Red Sox
July 6-9 – at Indians
July 10-12 – at Rays
July 14, All-Star Game, Cincinnati
July 17-19 – vs. Rangers
July 21-23 – vs. Red Sox
July 24-26 – at Royals
July 28-30 – vs. Angels
July 31-Aug. 2 – vs. D-backs
Aug. 3-5 – at Rangers
Aug. 6-9 – at A’s
Aug. 11-12 – at Giants
Aug. 14-16 – vs. Tigers
Aug. 17-20 – vs. Rays
Aug. 21-23 – vs. Dodgers
Aug. 25-26 – at Yankees
Aug. 28-30 – at Twins
Aug. 31-Sept. 2 – vs. Mariners
Sept. 4-6 – vs. Twins
Sept. 7-9 – at A’s
Sept. 11-13 – at Angels
Sept. 14-17 – at Rangers
Sept. 18-20 – vs. A’s
Sept. 21-24 – vs. Angels
Sept. 25-27 – vs. Rangers
Sept. 28-30 – at Mariners
Oct. 2-4 – at D-backs
Astros hitting coach John Mallee, who has one of his players leading the Major Leagues in hits and batting average (Jose Altuve) and another among the leaders in home runs (Chris Carter), said he welcomed Barry Bonds’ visit to batting practice on Saturday at O.co Coliseum.
Bonds, who’s hit more home runs than any player in history, lives in the Bay Area and is friends with Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler, who asked Mallee earlier this year if Bonds could come and spend some time around the club.
“If he wants to come out and hang out and look around and tell us what he sees, that’s fine,” Mallee told Fowler.
Mallee was talking to Bonds on Saturday about rookie slugger Jon Singleton, who entered Sunday hitting .179 with 13 homers and 42 RBIs, and Bonds asked Mallee if he could talk to him. The two wound up talking for nearly 15 minutes behind the batting cage about approach and how to set pitchers up and the importance of practice and commitment.
“That’s invaluable information,” Mallee said. “Coming from a guy like that, it was great he was able to spend time with these young kids in that regard. He told [Singleton], ‘You need to take the S off your shirt for Superman and put the P on there for practice. And you have to practice and practice right all the time. You’ve got to work with direction, you have to focus and you have to pay attention to your at-bats in the course of game and see how this guy is pitching you and then make adjustments. You’re going to learn that over time.’
“It’s the same thing we’ve talked about, and coming from him it’s a big deal for the kids and they’re lucky to have an opportunity to speak with him.”
|PITCHERS||POS||B/T||HT||WT||BIRTHDATE||AGE (Y.M)||FIRST YEAR||CITIZENSHIP|
|Deetz, Dean||RHP||R/R||6’1”||190||11/29/1993||20.9||2014||United States|
|Garcia, Junior||LHP||L/L||6’1”||180||10/01/1995||18.11||2013||Dominican Republic|
|Gatlin, John||RHP||R/R||6’5”||225||12/14/1990||23.9||2014||United States|
|Gause, Jay||RHP||R/R||6’2”||240||04/24/1992||22.4||2014||United States|
|German, Devonte||RHP||R/R||6’5″||240||10/14/1994||19.11||2013||United States|
|Guduan, Reymin||LHP||L/L||6’4”||190||03/16/1992||22.5||2010||Dominican Republic|
|James, Joshua||RHP||R/R||6’3”||200||03/08/1993||21.6||2014||United States|
|Martes, Francis||RHP||R/R||6’0”||170||11/24/1995||18.9||2013||Dominican Republic|
|Mengden, Daniel||RHP||R/R||6’1”||210||02/19/1993||21.6||2014||United States|
|Perez, Jorge||RHP||R/R||6’0”||175||07/30/1993||21.1||2013||United States|
|Radziewski, Bryan||LHP||L/L||5’10”||190||02/21/1992||22.6||2014||United States|
|Santos, Juan||RHP||R/R||6’4″||240||08/30/1995||19.0||2013||Puerto Rico|
|Thompson, Ryan||RHP||R/R||6’5”||215||06/26/1992||22.2||2014||United States|
|Velazquez, Derick||RHP||R/R||6’4”||200||11/28/1993||20.9||2014||United States|
|Castro, Ruben||C / 2B||L/R||5’10”||182||07/10/1996||18.2||2014||Puerto Rico|
|Holberton, Brian||C||L/R||5’10”||190||06/10/1992||22.3||2013||United States|
|Nottingham, Jacob||C||R/R||6’3″||200||04/03/1995||19.5||2013||United States|
|Ritchie, Jamie||C||R/R||6’2”||190||04/09/1993||21.5||2014||United States|
|Davis, JD||3B||R/R||6’2”||190||04/09/1993||21.5||2014||United States|
|Fernandez, Jose||SS||R/R||6’1”||170||05/20/1993||21.3||2010||Dominican Republic|
|Goedert, Connor||3B||R/R||6’3”||195||12/14/1993||20.9||2014||United States|
|Hyde, Mott||SS||R/R||5’10”||190||03/10/1992||22.6||2014||United States|
|McCall, Dexture||1B||R/R||6’1”||220||01/29/1994||20.7||2014||United States|
|Moran, Colin||3B||L/R||6’4”||215||10/01/1992||21.11||2013||United States|
|McDonald, Chase||1B||R/R||6’2”||260||06/02/1992||22.3||2013||United States|
|White, Tyler||3B||R/R||5’11”||225||10/29/1990||23.10||2013||United States|
|Nunez, Antonio||UTL||R/R||5’9”||165||01/10/1993||21.8||2014||United States|
|Reed, AJ||1B||L/L||6’4”||240||05/10/1993||21.4||2014||United States|
|Roa, Hector||1B/OF||R/R||6’1”||195||03/01/1995||19.6||2012||United States|
|Santos, Jeffry||SS||S/R||6’2”||150||01/04/1993||21.8||2011||Dominican Republic|
|Tanielu, Nick||2B/3B||R/R||5’11”||205||09/04/1992||22.0||2014||United States|
|Bottger, Ryan||OF||S/R||6’0”||210||04/14/1993||21.5||2014||United States|
|Boyd, Bobby||CF||L/R||5’9”||180||01/04/1993||21.8||2014||United States|
|Fisher, Derek||OF||L/R||6’3”||207||08/21/1993||21.0||2014||United States|
|Martin, Jason||CF||L/R||5’10”||175||09/05/1995||19.0||2013||United States|
|Mejia, Brauly||OF||R/R||6’0”||185||10/28/1994||19.10||2012||Dominican Republic|
|Ramsay, James||CF||L/L||5’11”||180||03/02/1992||22.6||2013||United States|
|Wik, Marc||UTL||L/R||5’11”||195||07/18/1992||22.1||2012||United States|
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said no decision has been made whether any members of the coaching staff would return next year, but he did give a vote of confidence to hitting coaches John Mallee and Ralph Dickenson, third-base coach Pat Listach, first-base coach Tarrick Brock and pitching coach Brent Strom.
Luhnow is in the process of beginning the search for a full-time manager and bench coach after Bo Porter and Dave Trembley were dismissed Monday. Tom Lawless is serving as interim manager and Adam Everett as interim bench coach.
“Our hitting guys have done a nice job this, as evidenced by [Chris] Carter,” Luhnow said. “[Jose] Altuve, I’m not sure he needs much coaching, but I think they’ve done a nice job cutting back on the strikeouts and getting more production out of the offense.
“Strommy’s done a tremendous job and I’m happy with that. Listach has done a nice job with the infield positioning and making sure our infielders are ready, and T-Brock has done a nice job with the outfielders, so I’m very happy with all of our staff.”
Carter has authored one of the biggest turnarounds of the second half, leading the Majors in homers (22), slugging percentage (.650) and RBIs (52) since July 1, and he has a chance to lead the league in homers. Jose Altuve leads the Majors in hits and batting average.
That being said, Luhnow said the full-time manager could have some say on some of the spots on the coaching staff.
“You have to give your manager the ability to participate in shaping the staff,” he said. “At the same time, we have guys here that are doing well and they know our players and are a fit with our organization. It’s always a point of discussion. It’s something we’re going to ask managerial candidates about, but depending on the candidates, some guys want their own guys and other guys are willing to work with whoever’s there.”
Astros manager Bo Porter sent this statement via text message to some members of the media:
“I want to thank the Astros Organization for giving me my first opportunity to Manage Major League Baseball.
During my time in Houston I dedicated myself to do everything I could to help this Organization win, in the short-term and for the long-term.
I am proud of what we were able to accomplish in Houston with an Organization in transition. I’m gratified we were able to bring some excitement to this city as a result of our improvement from 2013 to 2014.
I am enthusiastic about what the future will bring for me and my family. I look forward to my next opportunity in Major League Baseball. The valuable experience I gained with the Astros will be extremely beneficial in all my future endeavors.
I want to especially thank my players, my staff and support staff for all their efforts in our attempt to develop a Championship culture doing my time as Manager of the Houston Astros.
I want to thank the baseball community for your kind words and the countless text messages, phone calls, voicemails and emails. Your support is what makes our game and industry so great!
Last but surely not least I want to thank the city of Houston and the fans for the incredible support they have shown towards me and my family during our time in Houston.
I wish the Astros well in the future and look forward to the next chapter of my baseball career.”
Astros manager Bo Porter and bench coach Dave Trembley were relieved of their duties Monday, the team announced. Tom Lawless was named interim manager through the remainder of the season.
Porter had been the Astros manager since the start of the 2013 season after being named to the position on Sept. 27, 2012 while serving as third base coach for the Washington Nationals. Adam Everett will join the coaching staff, replacing Trembley as bench coach. The remaining coaches will continue in their current roles.
The search for a new manager will begin immediately, the team said in a statement.
The Astros are 59-79 in Porter’s second full season as manager and have already surpassed their win total of their previous three seasons. They went 51-111 last year, finishing with the worst record in baseball for the third year in a row.
Lawless, who has close to 35 years of experience in baseball as a Major League player, Minor League manager and coach, had served as the manager for Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier this season while Tony DeFrancesco was on medical leave before returning to his role as a roving infield instructor.
Everett, who spent parts of 11 seasons in the Majors as a shortstop, including seven with the Astros (2001-07), rejoined the Astros organization as a Minor League infield instructor in 2013.
“Bo’s passion and energy are unparalleled, and his desire to win unquestioned,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. “This decision was not made because of our current level of competitiveness in the Major Leagues. I recognize that our win-loss record is largely a product of an organizational strategy for which I am responsible. Rather, I made this decision because I believe we need a new direction in our clubhouse.
“What we will seek going forward is a consistent and united message throughout the entire organization. It is essential that as an organization we create an atmosphere at the Major League level where our young players can come up and continue to develop and succeed. Ultimately, I am responsible for creating that culture, and I will do everything in my power to do so—even when it means making difficult moves like the one we made today.
“Moving forward, I am optimistic about the direction of our team. Our young core continues to progress, and I believe wholeheartedly that our plan—while at times challenging—is working and will bring a consistent winner to Houston in the very near future.
“We wish Bo and his family well, and feel he will be successful in future endeavors.”
Astros owner Jim Crane said in a statement: “This was not an easy decision to make,” Crane said. “We wish Bo nothing but the best in the future. Jeff has my full support moving forward. Our goal to bring a championship to Houston remains.”
Former No. 1 overall draft pick Mark Appel and fellow right-handed pitcher Vincent Velasquez and third baseman Rio Ruiz headline the Astros’ contingent of prospects who will play in the Arizona Fall League this year.
Joining Appel, Velasquez and Ruiz on the Salt River Rafters team are left-hander Mitch Lambson, right-hander Tyson Perez, catcher Tyler Heineman, infielder Joe Sclafani and outfielder Andrew Aplin. Sclafani is a member of the taxi squad, which means he’s activated on only Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Appel, who missed all of Spring Training and the early part of 2014 while recovering from an appendectomy, struggled at Class A Lancaster before being moved up a month ago to Double-A Corpus Christi, where he’s pitched better.
Appel is ranked by MLB.com as the team’s No. 2 prospect. Velasquez (eighth), Ruiz (ninth) are also ranked in the Top 20.
The Rafters, who will play home games at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, included prospects from the Astros, D-backs, Marlins, Rockies and Twins. The six-team league, which is owned by Major League Baseball, plays Monday through Friday beginning Oct. 7.
Each Major League team is required to provide seven players to the AFL as long as they are Triple-A and Double-A players who were on Double-A rosters no later than Aug. 15. Each team can also send two Class A Advanced players, in addition to the current allowance of two “A-exempt” players (who are under contract as of Aug. 15).
Foreign players are allowed as long as the player is not on his native country’s primary protected player list. No players with more than one year active or two years total of credited Major League service as of Aug. 31 (including disabled list time) are eligible, except a team may select one player picked in the most recently concluded Major League Rule 5 Draft.
Representatives from the Astros and the Nationals will present a proposed joint Spring Training complex in West Palm Beach, Fla., to the Palm Beach County Tourism Development Council on Sept. 11 and Palm Beach County Commissioners on Sept. 23.
The Astros have been trying for more than a year to get a new complex built that it would share with another club, and the formal presentation is a big step. The Astros’ lease in Kissimmee, Fla., expires at the end of 2016, and the Astros would like to begin construction on a new spring site by January.
The Palm Beach Post reported the teams will ask for $3 million a year in hotel tax money to help for the proposed $140 million facility, which would be located at Haverhill Road and 45th Street in West Palm Beach.
In a joint statement, the Astros and Nationals said:
“The Astros and Nationals are finalizing a joint presentation in support of a proposed sports complex that will enable the Major League Clubs to co-locate our Spring Training facilities in West Palm Beach. Our projections show that the economic impact created by the activities at the new complex will be in excess of $100 million each year.
“We have a strong desire to make Palm Beach County our home for Spring Training and help re-establish the east coast of Florida as a hub for Major League Baseball’s Spring Training activities and create a complex for community and national sporting events throughout the year.”
Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan plans to fly to Iowa on Tuesday morning and sign a Player Development Contract to keep the team’s Class A affiliate at Quad Cities for two more years, he told MLB.com. A press conference will follow in Davenport, Iowa.
“Our guys are very happy with the relationship that we have throughout our system, and our goal is to continue to build the relationships at Quad Cities and hopefully [short-season] Tri-City and [Class A] Lancaster, and we think we have three of the best spots in all of baseball with good operations,” Ryan said. “We want to look to continue those relationships.”
Neither Ryan nor general manager Jeff Luhnow would comment on a report the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City would switch affiliates to the Dodgers. A group affiliated with the Dodgers is reportedly on the brink of purchasing team.
That would leave the Astros on the search for a new Triple-A affiliate for 2015. They would, of course, like to return to Triple-A Round Rock, which is owned by Ryan Sanders Baseball, but the Express recently renewed their PDC to remain the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers through 2018.
The Astros could be forced to move their Triple-A operation to Albuquerque, N.M. – replacing the Dodgers – though there could be other openings revealed in the next few weeks. They have expressed in interest in building a new facility in Montgomery County and relocating a team north of Houston, but that could be years away.
“We’ve been happy with our affiliate in Oklahoma City,” Luhnow said. “If it’s not to be, we’ll figure out what makes sense for us.”
Luhnow said the Astros are in discussions with Lancaster and Tri-City about renewing the PDC with those clubs, which expire after this year. The Astros own Double-A Corpus Christi, rookie-league Greeneville and the Gulf Coast League Astros, so no PDC is needed.
The Astros activated infielder/outfielder Jesus Guzman from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and placed left-handed reliever Darin Downs on the DL with a right oblique strain. The Downs move is retroactive to Friday.
Guzman, who was out with back spasms, went 8-for-13 with three doubles and five RBIs in a rehab stint with Triple-A Oklahoma City. In 36 games with the Astros this year, he’s hitting .200 with two homers and eight RBIs.
Downs threw one-third of an inning Thursday in Boston, giving up a run. He’s 2-1 with a 4.31 ERA in 40 games with the Astros this year.
Meanwhile, outfielder Alex Presley, who’s been on the disabled list since straining his oblique on July 8, rejoined the team in New York, but hasn’t been activated. He was on a rehab assignment at rookie-league Tri-City and suffered a setback on Saturday.
Astros pitcher Jesse Crain, who’s been on the disabled list all season, also met the team in New York. A timetable on his return isn’t known.