WATCH: Houston Astros rookie Jonathan Villar steals home easily on Orioles

  • David Whitlock

While the Houston Astros are saddled with the worst record in major league baseball (5 games worse than next closest team), there are reasons to believe they are turning the corner.  Not the least of which was the recent call up of 22-year-old  IF Jonathan Villar, one of the prospects resulting from the multi-year sell-off of veterans (in this case Roy Oswalt).

Villar flashed some of his acute baseball sense (or rookie recklessness) in stealing home off of Baltimore Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen.  Not on a throw anywhere else, not when he was in the windup.  But cold as he sat in the stretch.  Watch (via MLB.com):

Villar, along with 2012 All-Star Jose Altuve, could make up an exciting middle infield tandem to go with a number of other prospects that are slowly filtering up to AA and AAA after years of sell-offs (and high first round draft picks).

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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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