On this week’s episode, Reese, Matt, & I discuss the debacle involving the Houston Astros and Brady Aiken. As you may know, the team wasn’t able to reach an agreement with the number 1 overall pick from this year’s draft, and as a result of that, they also weren’t able to sign their 5th round pick, Jacob Nix, without suffering penalties. The entire situation is a mess, and there’s really no way the Astros come out of this looking good. We also talk about another Houston, except it’s a Houston without an “o,” that is, Huston Street, who was traded to the Angels.
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We then talk about the Royals, and Eric Hosmer‘s recent hot streak. He’s been on a tear in July, unfortunately, only a couple other hitters have joined him, which is why the team probably needs to look for an upgrade on the trade market, if they want to make a move before falling completely out of the race. Josh Willingham is one of the names we discuss, and somehow that discussion led to us talking about hypothetically giving Jarrod Dyson some reps at the middle infield positions. Things got weird.
Finally, we break down the midseason prospects lists from Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America. The Royals got a couple of names on the lists, but they appear to be chasing the Cubs, much like the rest of baseball.
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