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38 Darin Downs RP

Houston Astros

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
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Key Stats
IPW-LSVERAKsBB
34.22-105.452719
Pitching Summary
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2014HOU215.45450000134.2282221221927

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Astros release pitcher Darin Downs
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

The Astros released minor-league pitcher Darin Downs on Thursday, reports ESPN.com.

Downs produced a 5.45 ERA over 34 2/3 innings during the 2014 season, but he has not appeared in the majors during the 2015 season.

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Astros option Dominguez, Buchanan, Stassi; reassign Correa
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Astros optioned third baseman Matt Dominguez and pitchers Jake Buchanan and Max Stassi to the minors Sunday while reassigning shortstop Carlos Correa, infielder Gregorio Petit, catcher Tyler Heineman and pitchers Darin Downs and James Hoyt to minor-league camp.

Dominguez opened last season as the team's starting third baseman but found himself behind in the race for a bench role this spring.

"[Luis] Valbuena had an amazing spring so far and is basically going to be our third baseman and that leaves Matt in competition with some of the other guys for an extra spot on the roster, a spot off the bench, and right now we feel like there’s a couple of other guys ahead of him and he needs to play every day," general manager Jeff Lunhow said, per MLB.com "Right now he’ll go down to Fresno and play third and play some first and be ready when the need arises."

Correa is the team's top-rated prospect but has yet to play above high Class A.

"Carlos is going to be a star player in the big leagues. It’s just a matter of time," Luhnow said. "Having never had an at-bat in Double-A, he needs to go get some regular work in the high minors. He did a great job for us on the field as well as off the field and I think he’s got a lot of fans in the organization and he impressed the big league staff, which is what you want as a young player."

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Tony Sipp lands role in Astros bullpen, last spot still open
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced that LHP Tony Sipp had earned a spot in the bullpen.

"Sipp's on the team," Hinch told MLB.com's Brian McTaggart

There are still three pitchers battling for the final spot in the Astros pen: Kevin Chapman, Joe Thatcher and Darin Downs

Thatcher is the most experienced, but he's not on the team's 40-man roster. Still, he appears to be the favorite. 

"Thatch has thrown well and has some experience," Hinch said. "Chapman is still in the mix."

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Hinch: Astros 'likely' to use seven-man bullpen in 2015
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated that the team is likely to use a seven-man bullpen this season, leaving two spots open for competition this spring, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"Likely," Hinch said of a seven-man bullpen. "There’s always a chance that (changes) depending on how the schedule plays out, and there’s always a debate on how many pitchers to carry during interleague. Now interleague is pretty much year round, so I mean, in a perfect world with our roster, it’s likely to carry a seven-man ‘pen. If we feel like we need an extra pitcher or injury happens, there’s different ways to shape our roster, then we will, but likely 12."

The two open spots will likely be filled by a left-handed pitcher and a long reliever. The competition for the second lefty in the pen likely comes down to Kevin Chapman and nonroster invitees Joe Thatcher and Darin Downs. The long relief role has a broader list of candidates, including Alex White and Asher Wojciechowski, who will prepare both as starters and relievers.

"We’re going to stretch out a lot of our guys," Hinch said. "Some of them are because they’re competing in that fifth starter spot, some of them are bullpen guys. Will Harris is going to throw multiple innings. Obviously (Sam) Deduno has been a starter in the past, he’s in a competition for the fifth man spot. Wojo, White, those guys are going to need to, going to plan for the season on both fronts, whether it’s a starter or reliever. But we’re preaching multiple innings. It’s important if you have a seven-man bullpen that you have a couple of guys that can get four, five, six outs if needed and be a bridge to the rest of the bullpen."

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Mark Appel, Carlos Correa among Astros' non-roster invites
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Astros announced Tuesday they will have 17 non-roster invites for spring training, including starting pitcher prospect Mark Appel and shortstop prospect Carlos Correa. Appel was the No. 1 pick in the 2013 MLB draft, while Correa was the No. 1 pick in 2012.

The other non-roster invitees are outfielder Andrew Aplin, pitcher Darin Downs, infielder Matt Duffy, catcher Luis Flores, infielder Nolan Fontana, catcher Tyler Heineman, pitcher Jordan Jankowski, infielder Dan Johnson, infielder Colin Moran, catcher Roberto Pena, infielder Gregorio Petit, pitcher Brady Rodgers, infielder Joe Sclafani, pitcher Jason Stoffel and outfielder Preston Tucker.

Correa (No. 1) and Appel (No. 2) are considered the team's top two prospects, according to Baseball America. Moran (No. 7) is also considered a top-10 prospect.

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CBSSports.com Player Ranking
Position Current Last Week Rating
Relievers DNQ
Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs Cleveland 1.000 18.00012
vs LHB 18.200 4.3401119
vs RHB 16.000 6.75088
Last 7 Games
  OPP W L SV IP H ER BB Ks
8/10TEX0002.00002
8/14@BOS0000.10120
9/8@SEA0000.10110
9/10@SEA0002.00012
9/13@LAA0000.00220
9/16CLE0001.01212
9/19SEA0000.01100
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10:05 pm
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@Oak
10:05 pm
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@Oak
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@SF
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Det
8:10 pm
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Det
7:10 pm
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Fantasy Points by Week.   ( Actual    AccuScore Projections)   Note: Points are rounded down.
Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2012DET21 3.481800000 20.2188811920
2013DET02 4.842900000 35.1362019421137
2014HOU21 5.454500001 34.2282221231927
Total 44 4.769200001 90.2825048763984
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2012DET18000000000 --- --- ---
2013DET29000000000 --- --- ---
2014HOU45000000000 --- --- ---
Total 92000000000 --- --- ---
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2012DETP180413011.000
2013DETP290312001.000
2014HOUP450725001.000
Total  92014410011.000
More Pitching Stats
YearTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGPAMB9SLGRPF
2012DET21424 0.6731101 .23786 12.2 .3290
2013DET23134 0.9701102 .265151 12.5 .4410
2014HOU23635 1.1741122 .226148 13.0 .3550
Total 68193 0.9773325 .244385 12.6 .3840
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2003 R-Cubs02 6.571311000 38.1483028231732
2004 A-Boise53 4.951413000 60.0553633523561
2005 A-Peoria02 18.4722000 6.11214131143
2005 A-Boise54 3.501413000 61.2613024542263
2006 A-Boise42 4.8192000 24.125151303724
2006 R-Cubs11 10.8021000 3.15441012
2007 A-Daytona37 4.11342002 61.16139281011765
2008 A-Vero Beach03 6.00101000 21.024151410924
2008 AA-Tennessee02 6.56220000 23.1321917121617
2008 A-Daytona20 2.89170000 28.029119041325
2009AFA-Charlotte124 2.012019100121.0117352711423111
2009AA-Montgomery02 4.9122000 11.013661049
2010AAA-Durham Bulls62 4.50231000 40.0442120441745
2010AA-Montgomery Biscuits62 1.69183000 48.040169211557
2011AAA-New Orleans Zephyrs32 4.37105000 35.034171710839
2011AA-Jacksonville Suns25 4.862213000 76.0874441732348
2012AAA-Toledo Mud Hens02 2.15250000 29.1258700833
2013AFX-West Michigan Whitec00 0.0010000 1.00000001
2013AAA-Toledo Mud Hens01 2.30120000 15.295400612
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-3/201
Birthdate:
12/26/1984
Age:
30
Hometown:
Southfield, MI
Bats/Throws:
R/L
Team:
Houston Astros
College:

MLB Experience:
3
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