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Prior to Astros pitchers and catchers taking the field for the first time Sunday morning on the back fields at Osceola County Stadium, manager Bo Porter met with a group of veteran pitchers he identified as being the leaders of the staff.
Porter sat down with Lucas Harrell, Scott Feldman, Chad Qualls, Matt Albers, Jesse Crain, Jerome Williams and Peter Moylan and told them he wants them to set a good example for the youngsters. They’ll also be involved in some of the morning meetings.
“You look at that group, and it’s guys that had success at the Major League level, they’re veteran guys,” Porter said. “I explained to them, ‘We’re not looking for one leader. We’re looking for a group of leaders.’ This is an unusual situation. A lot of those guys have come here from other organizations. Chad and Albers are a little bit different because they were here at one time and came back. Lucas has been here.
“I wanted to stress to them that this organization and where we’re at right now, it’s not like we have the [Craig] Biggios, the [Jeff] Bagwells, the guys that have been here for many years and you can say, ‘Hey, follow these guys. They know the Astros way.’ We are in the process of creating the Astros way, and our younger guys, I want to make sure they’re following the right people.
“I stressed that to our veteran guys. When you are a young players – and we’ve all been there before – you look around the clubhouse and say, ‘Wow, this guy’s been here 10 years. I wonder how he’s been able to accomplish that?’ Because you’re young, you’re impressionable and you’re going to watch that guy and watch that every move. I told those guys, ‘You will do more by whatever it is you do than you do than by whatever it is that you say.’ So make sure that your actions match what it is you’re saying each and every day.”
While the pitchers did their morning stretch work, Porter emphasized how happy he was that camp was finally underway following an offseason full of roster moves.
“I probably looked at the roster 1,000 times,” he said. “That’s what you do each and every day. You go to the ballpark and sit up at night and you think about the players. It’s good to have the group of talented guys we have here, but more importantly it’s good to be out here and getting started with the 2014 season.”
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Porter, Strom visit with Castro
Astros manager Bo Porter and pitching coach Brent Strom returned Monday night from California, where they had spent a day with catcher Jason Castro.
“We were trying to get a head start on Spring Training and really get a sense of his thoughts about the pitching staff and kind of give him some guidelines and some things to think about now and then so we get ahead and not wait until we get in Spring Training to address a lot of things we want to address,” Porter said.
Porter said Castro, who missed the final three weeks of the last season after having a cyst removed from his knee, looked great.
“His workouts are going great and he has no limitations,” he said. “My main goal in mind is making sure he gets through camp healthy and he’s ready to go on Opening Day.”
Moylan adds depth to Astros bullpen
In case you missed it, veteran right-hander Peter Moylan has been added to the Astros bullpen mix.
Moylan, an Aussie who spent last year with the Dodgers after several good seasons with the Braves, has signed a Minor League contract with an invitation for Spring Training. He joins Chad Qualls, Matt Albers, Jesse Crain, Anthony Bass and Raul Valdes as newcomers to the bullpen this year.
Moylan, 27, is 21-9 with a 2.80 ERA in 309 career games with the Braves (2006-12) and Dodgers, but he’s battled injury problems in recent years. He appeared in 80 games for the Braves in 2007 with a 1.80 ERA and 87 games in 2008 (2.84) and 85 games in 2009 (2.97).
“We’re going to have not only an experienced bullpen in Houston, but we’re going to have some guys in Oklahoma City that have some big league service time that are ready to step up if we have any opportunities,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “We definitely added depth, not only at the big league level but at Triple-A.”