Korey Lee: Corpus Christi Hooks catcher and Houston Astros prospect

Corpus Christi Hooks catcher Korey Lee, the Houston Astros' No. 5 prospect, playing against the San Antonio Missions on June 30, 2021, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
Korey Lee, the Houston Astros’ No. 5 prospect, playing against the Missions on June 30, at Wolff Stadium.
Corpus Christi Hooks catcher Korey Lee is the No. 5 prospect in the Houston Astros organization, according to MLB.com.

The 22-year-old from California showed what he could do at Wolff Stadium, hitting a home run against the San Antonio Missions on July Fourth.

Lee open this season with Class A Ashville and batted .330 with three home runs in 29 games. He has played in 23 games in Double-A Corpus Christi, batting .305 with seven home runs.

The 6-foot-2 catcher was a first-round draft pick, No. 32 overall, by the Astros in 2019.

He played in rookie league in the summer of 2019 and batted .268 with three home runs in 64 games. He doesn’t have any stats for 2020 due to the covid shutdown of the minors.

The Missions and Hooks play a six-game series in Corpus Christi beginning tonight.

Rangers’ Brock Holt plays against Missions again

The Texas Rangers' Brock Holt playing for the Frisco Rough Riders against the San Antonio Missions on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Wolff Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
The Texas Rangers’ Brock Holt playing for Frisco against the San Antonio Missions on Wednesday at Wolff Stadium.
Texas Rangers third baseman played a second straight game at Wolff Stadium on Wednesday night as part of his rehab assignment with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders.

Holt went scoreless against the Missions, but was making solid contact in his at-bats.

The 10-year major league veteran is working his way back from a hamstring injury. Reports indicated he would spend two games with the RoughRiders.

Texas Rangers prospect Hans Crouse makes Double-A debut pitching against Missions

Texas Rangers prospect Hans Crouse pitching for the Frisco RoughRiders against the San Antonio Missions at Wolff Stadium on May 18, 2021. - photo by Joe Alexander
Texas Rangers prospect Hans Crouse pitching for the Frisco RoughRiders against the San Antonio Missions at Wolff Stadium on May 18, 2021.
Four years ago, the Texas Rangers picked Hans Crouse in the second round of the amateur baseball draft.

The Rangers gave the high school pitcher from California a million-dollar-plus signing bonus that marked him as one of the team’s big hopes for the future.

Tuesday night, the 22-year-old Crouse pitched at the Double-A level for the first time as the Frisco RoughRiders’ starter against the San Antonio Missions at Wolff Stadium.

In his first game since Aug. 26, 2019, the 6-foot-4 right hander pitched one inning and retired the Missions in order while striking out one batter. According to the Prospect Times, Crouse threw 11 pitches, with eight of them strikes.

The Rangers already had another pitcher warming up when the game started, so it looks like the one-inning appearance was part of the team’s plan.

Crouse pitched in 19 games in 2019 in Class A ball, despite reportedly dealing with bone chips in his elbow. He recorded a 6-1 record with a 4.41 ERA. His last game before Tuesday night was August 26, 2019.

Looking ahead at the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL draft

With the NFL draft less than a month away, I’m trying to figure out what the Dallas Cowboys will do – especially with their first pick at No. 17 overall.

Most of the NFL mock drafts have the Dallas Cowboys taking a defensive back with their first pick, No. 17 overall. The favorite is cornerback C.J. Henderson from Florida. Also seeing LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton and Alabama safety Xavier McKinney.
Alabama safety Xavier McKinney – YouTube video

I’ve seen a couple of NFL mock drafts that have the Dallas Cowboys taking an edge rusher with the first pick, No. 17 overall – either K’Lavon Chaisson from LSU or A.J. Edpenesa from Iowa.
LSU edge K’Lavon Chaisson – YouTube video

If I’m the Dallas Cowboys, I don’t pick an edge rusher in the first round unless I believe your player is a real game-changer. There will be a lot of edge rushers available in the second round.

There are three receivers in the NFL draft who are rated above everyone else: Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb, Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and Alabama’s Henry Ruggs. Expect all three to be gone before the Cowboys pick at No. 17.
Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb – YouTube video

I would love to see Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs available for the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL draft. Doesn’t seem likely he is still around at No. 17. Most mock drafts I have seen have him picked in the top 10 and even the top 5.
Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs – YouTube video

Expect the Dallas Cowboys to pick a cornerback in the first round of the NFL draft, probably Florida’s C.J. Henderson, Alabama’s Trevon Diggs or LSU’s Kristian Fulton.
Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson – YouTube video

Look for the Dallas Cowboys to pick an edge rusher in the second round and offensive lineman, focusing on center, in the third round of the NFL draft.
Florida edge Jabari Zuniga – YouTube video