The Houston Astros Caravan pulled through Killeen on Wednesday handing out $500 Academy Sports + Outdoors shopping spree’s to the familes of Fort Hood soldiers.
Pitcher Chris Devenski, Infielder Kyle Tucker, pitcher Josh James, and Play-by-play broadcaster Todd Kalas were all in attendance on Wednesday, and shared their excitement for what this Astros team can accomplish in 2019.
Rookie pitcher Josh James knows the pieces are in place for a World Series run, they just have to fit those pieces together.
“We’ve got a great group of guys, and we’re just getting stronger,” he said. “Our front office is you know, top-notch, so I just think we’ve got to be ourselves, we don’t really have to do anyhting extra.”
Kalas who has been with the Astros since 2017 knows there are some holes to fill for this team, especially on the mound, but he feels like they will be right back in the mix again in 2019.
“I think replacing the guys in the rotation wether it’s a Keuchel or a McCullers or a Morton; all three of those guys not being a part of the core 5 is going to be a little bit of a challenge,” he said. “But I think the offense will score a lot of runs, and Brett strom just came off a magical year where he set all kinds of records with his pitching tsaff so i’m sure he’ll have the 2019 crew ready.”
The Astros pitchers and catchers will report on February 13th.