Straw was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock following Tuesday's doubleheader, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
He was up as the 26th man, so this move was inevitable. Straw started in center field in Game 2 of the twin bill and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, but also made a fantastic diving catch in the field. He will be back up in September at the latest.
Straw will be promoted from Triple-A Round Rock to serve as the 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Sox, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Straw has pieced together a .253/.372/.316 slash line with four RBI and seven stolen bases over 39 games this season with the Astros. Houston is scheduled to play a straight doubleheader, so Straw won't officially be added to the roster until the conclusion of Game 1. He's slated to start at the keystone in the nightcap, per Rome.
Straw was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Straw had seen less playing time over the last week, only starting one of the Astros' last four games. In 39 games with the major-league club, the 24-year-old carried a slash line of .253/.372/.316 with four extra-base hits. Zack Greinke, Aaron Sanchez and Joe Biagini were added to the big-league roster.
Straw will start at shortstop and bat ninth Wednesday against the Athletics, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Straw has entered the lineup at shortstop in four of the Astros' last six games, but Wednesday's start could be his last in a while for the big club. The Astros plan to bring Carlos Correa (ribs) back from the 60-day injured list ahead of Friday's series opener in St. Louis and immediately install him back into an everyday role in the middle infield, leaving no room for Straw. Though Straw's elite speed -- he's gone 7-for-8 on stolen-base attempts since joining the big club -- would make him a weapon off the bench, he could be at risk of a demotion to Triple-A Round Rock to facilitate Correa's return to the active roster. Utility man Tony Kemp is the other primary candidate to cede his spot to Correa, but unlike Straw, Kemp has no minor-league options remaining.
Straw entered Thursday's game after Alex Bregman was removed with an injury to his chin. He went 1-for-2 in a 5-0 loss to Texas.
Bregman took a bad-hop grounder off the chin, leaving a cut that required stitches to close. It's not a serious injury, but it left Bregman disoriented as he walked off the field. His status for Friday's game is unclear, so Straw could get the start. With Carlos Correa (fractured rib) beginning a rehab assignment next week, Straw's time with the major-league club could be ending fairly shortly.
Straw started at shortstop and went 0-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Angels.
In the 21 games that Straw has made at least one plate appearance, he's reached base safely in 19 of them. That will lead to running opportunities for a 24-year-old who has five steals since being called up. Unfortunately, his days in Houston may be numbered. Carlos Correa (ribs) and Aledmys Diaz (hamstring) are targeting a return following the All-Star break, which will likely send Straw back to Triple-A Round Rock.
Straw started at shortstop for the second time in three games Saturday and went 1-for-4 with a run scored in a 6-5 win over the Mariners.
Manager AJ Hinch feels Straw provides an element of speed that the lineup otherwise lacks. It's a lineup that has struggled to produce runs lately, leaving 89 men on base over the last 10 games while scoring just 3.4 runs per contest. "I like having him in the lineup," Hinch said. "His contact rate is really good. His speed is excellent. He adds a dimension to our lineup that we don't have a lot of and that gets him into the lineup. The only way I could do it with the configuration today was in short." Straw only started playing shortstop this year in the minors and is building up comfort and instincts at the position. With Carlos Correa (ribs) out until after the All-Star break, Straw may get a few more opportunities this coming week, though Alex Bregman is presumed to be the primary fill-in for Correa.
Straw started in left field and went 1-for-3 with a walk in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Yankees.
Straw entered the starting lineup for Josh Reddick, who was given the night off. He's serving as a depth outfielder but is also the primary backup at shortstop after Houston sent Jack Mayfield to the minors. It was somewhat surprising to see Mayfield sent down, but the Astros view Straw's speed as an asset that can be utilized.
Straw entered Friday's game after Jake Marisnick departed with a left knee injury. He walked in his lone plate appearance and scored a run.
Marisnick sustained the injury on a groundout to end the fifth inning and was pulled before he could trot out to center field for the sixth. The Astros are describing the injury as left knee discomfort. If the injury lingers, Straw is the likely candidate to get starts in center field with George Springer (hamstring) sidelined on the injured list.
Straw is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Mariners, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Straw started in four of the Astros' past five games, with the bulk of his production coming in his three-hit, three-steal performance in Sunday's 6-2 win over Oakland. The speedy shortstop/outfielder should handle a quasi-everyday role until the Astros return at least one of Aledmys Diaz (hamstring), Jose Altuve (hamstring), George Springer (hamstring) and Carlos Correa (ribs) from the 10-day injured list.
Straw went 3-for-4 with a walk, three stolen bases and three runs scored during Sunday's 6-4 win over the Athletics.
Straw got on base four times, stealing his way into scoring position three times while crossing the plate three times as well. He ran wild in the minor leagues and has quickly shown that his speed will be a tremendous asset in the majors as well. Straw figures to play regularly until the Houston lineup gets healthy and offers significant fantasy appeal for those in need of stolen bases.
Straw started in left field and batted leadoff Saturday against the Athletics. He went 0-for-4 in a 5-1 win.
Houston's leadoff spot has been a revolving door ever since George Springer (hamstring) landed on the injured list. Manager AJ Hinch has used Josh Reddick and Derek Fisher there recently but wanted to get a right-handed bat atop the order against left-hander Brett Anderson. Straw's speed is a plus, too, but he was unable to get on base ahead of run producers Alex Bregman and Michael Brantley.
Straw was recalled by the Astros on Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Exclusively an outfielder in his brief first taste of the big leagues last season, Straw has started 25 games at shortstop for Triple-A Round Rock this year as the Astros looked to add more organizational depth at the position. That depth will now be called upon with Carlos Correa set to miss 4-to-6 weeks with cracked ribs. It's not clear that Straw will be the primary option at the position, however, as the team can slide Alex Bregman over or use Jack Mayfield. When Straw does play, he'll provide a speed boost and a decent batting average but very little power, as he owns a career .270/.357/.332 slash line with 51 steals and one homer in 112 games at the Triple-A level.
Straw will open the season as a shortstop for Triple-A Round Rock, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Moving Straw to the infield is something that's been talked about as Houston has a glut of outfielders, some with major-league experience, at Round Rock. The 24-year-old Straw played infield in high school, but in four professional seasons, he's tallied just four innings at short.
Straw is listed as an infielder on Triple-A Round Rock's roster, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Given the glut of outfielders in the Astros' system, this transition should give Straw a better chance of getting playing time for the big club when rosters expand in September. He played one game at shortstop at Triple-A last year and will presumably also get time at second base this year. Straw would need some injuries to strike the big-league roster for him to reach the majors before September, but his elite speed and solid plate skills would make him very interesting if he ever appeared poised for semi-regular at-bats with the Astros.
The Astros optioned Straw to their minor-league camp Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Straw had been angling for a reserve outfield gig but was ultimately deemed expendable due to the Astros' wealth of options. Once injuries inevitably hit the outfield ranks, Straw could get a look with the big club, but it's unlikely he'll end up seeing steady at-bats at any point. Straw's lack of power makes him better suited as a late-inning replacement for defense or baserunning purposes rather than a full-time player.
Straw is hitting .310 (9-for-29) with nine runs scored and two stolen bases.
Straw's main asset is his speed -- he swiped 70 in the minors in 2018 -- and was on Houston's postseason roster last year solely for that reason. Speed alone, however, is not going to earn a roster spot for the regular season, so he'll need a dynamite final two weeks of spring training at the dish to move past Jake Marisnick and Tony Kemp.
Straw went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a 5-2 win over Baltimore in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader.
The home run was the first of Straw's MLB career and came in his second start since having his contract purchased Sept. 15. Manager A.J. Hinch may want to have the speedy rookie on roster for the postseason, perhaps more so than third catcher Max Stassi.
Straw had his contract purchased by the Astros on Saturday.
Straw slashed .257/.349/.317 with 35 stolen bases in 38 attempts after his promotion to Triple-A Fresno in mid-June. Base stealing is an area in which the organization wanted him to be more aggressive, and Straw responded with 70 steals between Double-A Corpus Christi and Fresno, nearly double his total from the previous season. The 23-year-old is unlikely to work his way into the Astros' outfield rotation, but could be a late-inning pinch runner given his baserunning prowess in the minors.
Straw was promoted to Triple-A Fresno on Saturday.
Straw had a strong start to the season for Double-A Corpus Christi, hitting .327/.414/.390, with 35 steals in 65 games. He makes a lot of contact and can do damage on the bases, but his near complete lack of power (just three career homers in four minor-league seasons) likely makes him no more than a bench outfielder at the big-league level.
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