Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thursday Morning Hot Links

Here's what you need to know around the water cooler* this morning

-Jim Callis called the Astros "the most secretive team" he's ever encountered as far as tipping their draft checks go. He also says the Astros would likely prioritize their 1-1 pick in June in this manner: California HS LHP Brady Aiken, East Carolina RHP Jeff Hoffman, NC State LHP Carlos Rodon, Texas HS RHP Tyler Kolek.

-Collin McHugh was surprised the Astros even knew who he was when they claimed him off waivers.

-Jeff Luhnow said Bo Porter was basically running a tandem pitching set-up, especially with inefficient pitchers, by having a long relief man ready to go. And why even go to the piggyback system? Pitcher health, for one.

-Bo Porter: "The most demoralizing (outcome) in baseball is a late-inning loss when you have the game won," Porter said. "And since I've been here, we've had our share of 'em."

-This Aston Villa blog wonders if Jim Crane is about to buy their football club.

* Nobody still has a water cooler.