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Twins' Byron Buxton named No. 1 prospect by MLB.com
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Twins outfielder Byron Buxton was named the top prospect in baseball by MLB.com Friday.

Buxton played just 31 games in 2014 due to wrist and concussion issues and finished with a .240/.313/.405 line along with four home runs, 16 RBI and six stolen bases in 121 at-bats with high Class A Fort Myers. He also went 0 for 3 at the Double-A level. Buxton is making his second straight appearance atop MLB.com's top prospect list.

The rest of MLB.com's top-five prospects (in order) are Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, Astros shotstop Carlos Correa, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor and Cubs shortstop Addison Russell. None of the quartet appeared in the top five of last year's MLB.com prospect list, though all four cracked the top 12.

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Report: Matt Albers to throw in Houston on Feb. 10
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

Wanting to prove his health, free-agent pitcher Matt Albers will hold a throwing session Feb. 10 in Houston, reports 1500ESPN.

Albers was shut down last season because of shoulder tendinitis after throwing 10 innings for the Astros. All teams were invited to the session.

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Jeff Bagwell will join Astros this spring as guest instructor
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Astros great Jeff Bagwell, who is the franchise leader in home runs, has accepted new manager A.J. Hinch's invitation to serve as a guest instructor in spring training, according to the Houston Chronicle. Bagwell officially accepted the invite when he spoke with president Reid Ryan on Tuesday.

"I've known Jeff a long time, and Jeff is the Houston Astros in so many ways," Ryan said. "It'd be a great opportunity for him to get to know some of our players and connect the present with the past. I think it will be a great opportunity."

Bagwell has had an estranged relationship with the Astros since leaving the team during the final days of Drayton McLane's ownership. Bagwell then remained away from the team during Jim Crane's ownership since he was unhappy with some of the firings. Bagwell started to change his stance once Ryan became president in 2013.

Bagwell spent his entire 15-year MLB career (1991-2005) with Houston. He hit .297 with a .408 on-base percentage, .540 slugging percentage, .948 OPS and 449 home runs in 2,150 games.

"Baggy is a big part of the franchise history," Hinch said. "To get him to camp to be around our coaches and our players, he's got a lot of wisdom. He's got a lot of baseball wisdom about him and I'm really happy he's coming to camp for a couple of days."

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Astros looking at pitcher Kevin Correia
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Astros are looking to add pitcher Kevin Correia, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Houston is said to be seeking a backend starter, and Correia fits the bill. The 34-year-old posted a 5.44 ERA over 154 innings with the Twins and Dodgers last year. 

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Astros ask third baseman Matt Dominguez to learn first base
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

With the Astros recently acquiring infielder Luis Valbuena, third baseman Matt Dominguez has been asked to start learning how to play first base, reports the Houston Chronicle.

"You get a bigger glove, so it can't be that hard," Dominguez said.

Dominguez has spent the last two seasons as the full-time third baseman for the Astors, but he will compete with Valbuena for the starting role this season. If Valbuena wins the third base job, the Astros want Dominguez to be able to switch to first base.

"[Astros manager A.J. Hinch] thinks I'm going to be a third baseman, but he wants to also help me try to make the team by adding a little more versatility and move around a little bit more," Dominguez said. "Do whatever I need to do."

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGJose Altuve , 2B.341
HRChris Carter , DH37
RBIChris Carter , DH88
OBPJose Altuve , 2B.377
SLGChris Carter , DH.491
RJose Altuve , 2B85
SBJose Altuve , 2B56
WDallas Keuchel , SP12
ERADallas Keuchel , SP2.93
WHIPDallas Keuchel , SP1.18
KCollin McHugh , SP157
SVChad Qualls , RP19
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