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  • Framber Valdez Dealing With Serious Finger Injury

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez (finger) suffered a serious finger injury on Tuesday that is expected to keep him out for an extended period of time. The left-hander took a line drive off his hand during spring training action on Tuesday and could be forced to miss the beginning of the 2021 regular season. It's a tough blow for the Astros, as Valdez is one of their top young starters. He won five games in 2020 with 76 strikeouts and a 3.57 ERA in 70 2/3 innings with a nasty sinker-curveball combination. Valdez was rising up draft boards because of his 60 percent ground-ball rate and 5.6 percent walk rate last year, but this injury will unfortunately cause his ADP to drop considerably as we approach the start of the season.

    Mar 3 · RotoBaller Astros Framber Valdez
  • Yordan Alvarez Taking Batting Practice Swings

    Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez(knees) took some batting practice swings off of a pitching machine on Wednesday. The Astros are understandably taking things easy with Alvarez, who had a lost 2020 season due to knee injuries. It's unlikely that the 23-year-old slugger will play the outfield, though that suits fantasy managers just fine if it allows him to stay healthy. Alvarez burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2019, posting a 1.607 OPS with top-six percent barrel rate and exit velocity marks. While he has yet to make his spring debut, the team is hopeful that he'll be ready for Opening Day. If he progresses through the spring nicely- it's worth drafting him at his 81 ADP to find out if he can return to form.

    Mar 3 · RotoBaller Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Astros Claim Robel Garcia

    Feb 27 · MLB Trade Rumors Astros Robel Garcia
  • Alex Bregman Hits For Second Straight Day

    Houston Astros third basemanAlex Bregman (hamstring) hit on the field for the second consecutive day on Friday. Bregman has been slowed at the start of camp by a sore hamstring, and his status to play in the team's first spring training game on Sunday is up in the air. Bregman was one of a host of elite offensive weapons that struggled during the shortened 2020 season, slashing only .242/.350/.451, his lowest totals since his rookie season. When healthy, Bregman possesses top-20 fantasy talent and could be in line for a bounce-back season. Whether he makes his debut this Sunday is inconsequential toward the long-term goal of getting Bregman back to the elite offensive status that he has enjoyed the past three seasons.

    Feb 26 · RotoBaller Astros Alex Bregman
  • Yordan Alvarez "Unlikely" To Play Outfield In 2021

    Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker told reporters that it's "very unlikely" designated hitter Yordan Alvarez will play in the outfield this season. After a phenomenal rookie season in 2019, Alvarez' season last year was ravaged by knee ailments. He would undergo surgery on his right knee to repair a slight patellar tendon and also had a procedure done on his left knee. All of this has Baker monitoring the progress of Alvarez very closely throughout camp. When healthy, the 23-year-old can be an elite offensive weapon, as evidenced by his 1.067 OPS in 87 games as a rookie in 2019. But the talented hitter could be relegated to designated hitter only this season.

    Feb 26 · RotoBaller Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Don't Write Off Zack Greinke

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke had a 1.84 ERA in his first five starts of 2020, but he finished with a 4.03 ERA, his second-highest mark in any season over the last decade. Greinke allowed at least three earned runs in each of his last seven starts, his longest streak since 2005, his first full season in the majors. But the 37-year-old former Cy Young had a career-best 7.4 strikeout-to-walk ratio last year for the second straight season. The right-hander also had a career-low 3.3 percent walk rate and a 2.80 FIP. Greinke was pretty unlucky with a .321 BABIP against, the second-highest in the American League. The veteran allowed an 8.2 percent barrel rate, but his opponents' average exit velocity was 86.8 mph. Greinke isn't as sexy of a pick because of his age, but he could have a bounce-back season at a reduced cost.

    Feb 26 · RotoBaller Astros Zack Greinke
  • Yordan Alvarez (knees) won't play much in the outfield this year

    Feb 26 · FantasyPros Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez Get On The Field Thursday

    Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (hamstring) took batting practice on the field on Thursday but remained out of infield drills. Outfielder/designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (knees) stretched and did some running with the team but remained out of batting practice. Bregman tweaked the same hamstring that caused him to miss some time last year, but he's moving in the right direction and should be ready for Opening Day. He had a disappointing 2020 season, but Bregman remains a top-five fantasy third baseman. Alvarez missed most of last year after having surgery on both of his knees. The left-handed slugger and former American League Rookie of the Year is a risk-reward fantasy outfielder with an incredible amount of upside if he can stay on the field.

    Buddy Take That was some short lived concern from yesterday's reports about each of these players. It goes to show, don't read too much into every spring training news blurb.

    Feb 25 · RotoBaller Astros Alex Bregman Yordan Alvarez
  • Framber Valdez Could Become Mainstay In Rotation

    Houston Astros left-handed pitcher Framber Valdez, who led the team in innings pitched and strikeouts in 2020, posted a 3.57 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 70 2/3 innings while making four stellar starts over 24 frames in the postseason. His 94 2/3 total innings led all of baseball last year, and he had a nice 3.14 ERA with 102 strikeouts and 26 walks. The 27-year-old could become a mainstay in the team's rotation because his curveball is one of the most dominant pitches in baseball. Valdez ranks fifth with a .192 expected wOBA on his curve since 2018. He used his curve 42 percent of the time in his final seven outings and had a 2.55 ERA with a 32 percent strikeout rate. The lefty is also a ground-ball machine (60 percent ground-ball rate), making him a fine SP3 target around his ADP of 95.

    Feb 25 · RotoBaller Astros Framber Valdez
  • Jose Altuve "Super Focused" As Camp Opens

    Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has already shown teammates in the first week of camp that he is determined to have a bounce-back season in 2021. Altuve endured a dismal shortened season last year, hitting a paltry .219 with only 18 runs batted in through 48 games. The 30-year-old has bounced back from injuries and slumps in the past, but advanced stats paint a different, more skeptical picture. The former MVP's strikeout rate has jumped from 13.2 percent in 2018 to 18.6 percent in 2020. His chase rate also has gone in the wrong direction, rising from 30 percent in 2019 to 35.2 percent last season. All of this points to a player that could be overvalued in upcoming drafts. Altuve still possesses fantasy appeal in standard leagues, but fantasy managers banking on past numbers may be in for a rude awakening. Altuve, to his credit, has been lauded by teammates through the first week of camp and appears to be dead-set on trying to defy his currently declining offensive trends.

    Feb 24 · RotoBaller Astros Jose Altuve
  • Yordan Alvarez Not Working Out On The Field

    Houston Astros outfielder Yordan Alvarez (knees) has yet to work out on the field with the team in spring training as part of his recovery from surgery on both of his knees last year. Alvarez missed just about all of the 2020 season after he underwent surgery on his knees, so the Astros are understandably playing it safe with him early in camp. Even though the left-handed slugger was a non-factor in fantasy last season, we can't forget that he slugged a combined 50 home runs with 149 RBI in 143 games between the minors and majors in 2019 in his last full season. For the 23-year-old, the sky is the limit if he can remain healthy, which is why he's still ranked as a top-50 fantasy outfielder despite a lost season in 2020. Keep a close eye on his progress this spring, but if he doesn't have any setbacks, Alvarez is well worth his price at a current ADP of 83.

    Buddy Take Certainly we'll feel better about Alvarez when he takes part in normal workouts. This is not good news and it is better to be cautious at this point.

    Feb 24 · RotoBaller Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Alex Bregman Has Slight Tweak In Hamstring

    Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (hamstring) hasn't taken infield or batting practice with the major league team over the last two days because of what manager Dusty Baker is calling a "slight tweak" in his hamstring, the same hamstring Bregman strained last year. Baker said that Bregman tweaked the hamstring again while working out this winter. It shouldn't be much of an issue this early in camp, but it's something that fantasy managers might want to keep tabs on. Despite his down season in 2020 in which he missed time with his hamstring injury, the 26-year-old remains a top-tier fantasy third baseman and is worth selecting in the third or fourth round of drafts this spring.

    Buddy Take PSA: A good follow on Twitter is @mlbinjuryguru for injury updates.

    Feb 24 · RotoBaller Astros Alex Bregman
  • Forrest Whitley arrives to Astros camp on Wednesday

    Feb 24 · FantasyPros Astros Forrest Whitley
  • Myles Straw a candidate to lead off for Astros

    Feb 23 · FantasyPros Astros Myles Straw
  • Carlos Correa Open To Long-Term Extension

    Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa said he's open to a long-term contract extension if it's completed before Opening Day. Correa avoided salary arbitration by signing a one-year, $11.7 million deal, but he can become a free agent after the 2021 season. He's spent his whole career with Houston after he was the first overall pick in the 2012 draft. Correa would like to stay in Houston, but he said the team has yet to approach him about a new contract. He'll be just 27 years old when he's eligible for free agency if he doesn't sign an extension. The 2015 American League Rookie of the Year is a .276 career hitter with 107 home runs and 397 RBI in six big-league seasons. Correa still has upside at his age, but he's an injury risk at a premier position and hasn't played in more than 109 games since 2016. He no longer steals many bases, either, making him a fringe top-15 fantasy shortstop.

    Feb 22 · RotoBaller Astros Carlos Correa
  • Bryan Abreu, Andre Scrubb Earn Early Praise

    Houston Astros pitchers Bryan Abreu and Andre Scrubb have earned early praise from pitching coach Brent Strom in spring training. Abreu made the roster for the American League Championship Series in 2019 but showed up out of shape last year and didn't pitch well. Scrubb took advantage of his opportunity in the shortened 2020 season and posted a 1.90 ERA in 20 games in his major league debut. Strom said that Scrubb is in great shape physically and has worked a slider into his repertoire. He was acquired in a July 2019 trade that sent Tyler White to the Dodgers, and Scrubb led the Astros in innings pitched out of the bullpen last year. Abreu was the team's No. 3 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, last year but allowed 10 of 20 batters to reach base (seven walks, two hit-by-pitches and one base hit) in just 3 1/3 innings.

    Feb 21 · RotoBaller Astros Bryan Abreu Andre Scrubb
  • Ryan Pressly The Leading Candidate To Close

    It appears that the closer role this year is Houston Astros relief pitcher Ryan Pressly's to lose after he converted 12 of 16 save chances last year when Roberto Osuna was injured and lost for the season, according to pitching coach Brent Strom. Pressly was an All-Star setup man in 2019 and converted 11 of his final 13 save chances with a 2.08 ERA, four walks and 25 strikeouts in that span. Strom also said that Steve Cishek, who has 132 career saves, newcomer Pedro Baez and veteran Joe Smith could also factor into the ninth inning for Houston. Pressly had a 3.43 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and a 29:7 K:BB over 21 innings in the shortened 2020 season. With a potentially short leash as the closer to begin the year, the 32-year-old right-hander will be more of a low-end No. 1 fantasy closer this season.

    Feb 21 · RotoBaller Astros Ryan Pressly
  • Josh James (hip) recovering 'extremely well' from surgery

    Feb 20 · FantasyPros Astros Josh James
  • Forrest Whitley yet to report to Astros spring training

    Feb 20 · FantasyPros Astros Forrest Whitley
  • Zack Greinke Hasn't Arrived At Spring Training

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke will have a delayed arrival to spring training for the second straight season, but manager Dusty Baker said that the right-hander will "be here on time." "He's always on time, he's just not early," Baker said. The league's mandatory arrival date is Feb. 27 this year, so Greinke should report to the team's camp in Florida by then. The 37-year-old had a 4.03 ERA (2.80 FIP), 1.13 WHIP and 24.5 percent strikeout rate in 67 innings over his 12 starts for Houston in the shortened 2020 season. The veteran right-hander relies on command and inducing weak contact rather than overpowering hitters, with a career strikeout rate of just 22.4 percent. But as a low-end SP2/high-end SP3, Greinke provides a relatively safe floor at a current ADP of 109.

    Feb 20 · RotoBaller Astros Zack Greinke
  • Ryan Pressly leader to be closer

    Feb 20 · FantasyPros Astros Ryan Pressly
  • Josh James (hip) not a candidate for 60-day IL

    Feb 19 · FantasyPros Astros Josh James