Description: Astros C J.R. Towles made a slight adjustment in his stance and wants to capitalize on the chance to be the Astros' starting catcher. 'I'm feeling good and (am) seeing the ball real well,' said Towles. 'Right now, it's working for me, so I don't need to change anything.'
Insight: Any Astros catcher should only be drafted in NL-only leagues. Towles failed to deliver on the hype that surrounded him and needs to prove he can hit MLB pitching before he is worth using in fantasy.
7/27/2010 3:18:00 PM
Description: The Houston Chronicle reports Towles (thumb surgery) had surgery on his thumb on Monday to repair a torn tendon.
Insight: Towles season could be over now. He was originally injured in May. (SportsBuff.com)
5/20/2010 11:54:00 AM
Description: Towles (hand) will miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a broken bone in his hand. (The Houston Chronicle)
Insight: Towles' 2010 season just keeps getting worse, first with a demotion to the minors and now this injury. (SportsBuff.com)
5/5/2010 12:53:00 AM
Description: Towles has been optioned to Double-A Corpus Christi.
Insight: Towles failed to make the most of his opportunity early this season, as he hit just .191 for the Astros. With top prospect Jason Castro rising fast through the organization, Towles may be out of opportunities to prove himself in Houston. (SportsBuff.com)
4/6/2010 1:01:00 AM
Description: Towles had an RBI double against the Giants on Monday night.
Insight: Towles will need to finally make good on his potential this season if he hopes to keep young prospect Jason Castro from taking his playing time. (SportsBuff.com)
3/19/2010 11:23:00 AM
Description: According to the Houston Chronicl, Astros' GM Ed Wade said that whichever catcher loses the battle for the starting job, Towles or Jason Castro, will be sent down to the minors.
Insight: This means Humberto Quintero will be the backup catcher no matter what. Towles may have a slight edge, since he has more major league experience. (SportsBuff.com)
3/18/2010 11:05:00 AM
Description: The Houston Chronicle reports Astros' manager Brad Mills said he has not decided whether Towles or Jason Castro will start at catcher this season.
Insight: Both guys have hit well this spring, so a decision may not be made until fairly late in the spring. (SportsBuff.com)
3/17/2010 9:50:00 AM
Description: Towles went 2-for-3 against Boston on Tuesday.
Insight: Towles is in the running to be the Astros' starting catcher, but since Humberto Quintero is superior defensively he may win the job. (SportsBuff.com)
3/8/2010 10:49:00 PM
Description: Towles is now hitting .667 in 12 at-bats this spring after going 3-for-4 on Sunday.
Insight: Towles should have an opportunity to be the Astros' starting catcher on Opening Day, given the fact the other options (Humberto Quintero, Jason Castro) are underwhelming. (SportsBuff.com)
9/30/2009 1:36:00 AM
Description: Towles went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk against the Flyers on Sunday.
Insight: Towles finally had a two-hit game but still needs to work up his batting average as he is batting only .150 so far this season. (SportsBuff.com)
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