*Check out MLB.com's Top 30 Astros Prospects list. No real surprises at the top, but some interesting names towards the bottom, such as Colin Moran slipping to #25.
*#1 prospect Francis Martes threw live BP yesterday, and people were impressed. Martes is Roy Oswalt's "pet project," helping him develop his changeup. Josh Reddick:
Electric. He's got a lot of movement, gets on you pretty quick...He seemed to hit most of his spots pretty good today. He's got a lot of life on his pitches.
Were I a cynical man, I'd panic about Josh Reddick struggling against a Double-A pitcher...
*Lance McCullers' first live BP session went fine.
*ESPN wrote about the options Chris Devenski brings to the Astros.
*Buster Olney has a little anecdote about Alex Bregman.
*Baseball America ranked Houston #3 in their Organization Prospect Rankings. (Oakland is #17, Ramgers are #22, Mariners #23, and Angels #29)
*Brian T. Smith wrote that playing better would fix baseball.
*The influence of Ring Lardner on journalism.