Straw led the Astros this spring with three home runs and tied for the team lead with five RBI. He went 9-for-21 with three walks and seven runs scored (.429/.500/.857) over 11 spring games. Teammates lauded Straw for the way he pulled the ball during Grapefruit League action, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Known for his speed, Straw drove the ball better this spring than in the past. He will take over the spot as the fourth outfielder, a role that was occupied by Jake Marisnick in 2019, and he added shortstop to his portfolio last season.
Straw went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI in Wednesday's spring game against the Cardinals. Straw is known for his legs, not his power, so Wednesday's show was a rare sight. The 25-year-old has a total of five home runs and 180 stolen bases over five seasons. He's had some experience in the majors, including 56 games (eight steals in nine attempts) in 2019, and is poised to become the departed Jake Marisnick's replacement. If Straw is able to secure an Opening Day roster spot, it will give the Astros a fourth outfielder with speed that also has the ability to play the infield.
Straw is not on the roster for the ALCS, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Straw was available off the bench for the ALDS, but will now miss the ALCS as the Astros added an extra arm to their bullpen. The 24-year-old did not make an appearance during the ALDS despite his pinch-running abilities.
Straw went 3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs Sunday in the Astros' 21-1 win over the Mariners. Straw managed to put together a nice box-score line in only four innings' worth of action, a testament to how soundly the Astros thumped the Mariners in the series finale. The 24-year-old isn't expected to see many starts in September, but he'll likely rank as the Astros' top pinch-running option and could provide some useful stolen-base production for fantasy managers in deeper mixed and AL-only leagues.
Straw was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports. Straw is back with the Astros after spending the minimum 10 days in the minors. The 24-year-old, who is slashing .233/.353/.291 with seven stolen bases in 43 games with the big club this season, will likely serve as a bench bat and pinch runner for the stretch run.