Astros’ outfielder L.J. Hoes may be returning to Baltimore

Contrary to reports earlier this week, Astros’ outfielder L.J. Hoes is not on the Disabled List. Hoes returned from the 7-day DL last Friday night and has played in the Fresno Grizzlies’ last four games, despite still being listed on Fresno’s website as being on the disabled list. This is the first year that Fresno has been the Triple-A affiliate with the Houston Astros and there is certainly room for improvement in their media relations department, with the lack of game notes, inaccurate information being posting on their website, etc.

The 25-year-old Hoes is a .235/.287/.330 hitter in 294 major league at-bats with the Baltimore Orioles (2012-2013) and Houston Astros (2013-2015), and according to multiple sources he is being “aggressively shopped” by the Astros with the potential suitors being their division rivals the Los Angeles Angels and the Orioles, from whom the Astros had acquired him in the Bud Norris trade two years ago.

The Astros are overstocked with outfielders, including Evan Gattis, Jake Marisnick, Preston Tucker, Colby Rasmus, Domingo Santana, and George Springer all vying for playing time, forcing them to stash Hoes at the Triple-A level.

The Angels are apparently at least interested in considering dealing for Hoes, who is hitting .382, 0 HRs, 5 RBIs, in his last ten games. On the season, he is hitting .338/.419/.467 with three home runs and 38 RBIs in 225 plate appearances over 60 games. The Angels are interested, but it is the Baltimore Orioles that are more likely going to bring Hoes back into the fold.

The Orioles always placed a high value on Hoes. He was drafted by Baltimore in the third round of the 2008 draft out of St. Johns High School in Washington D.C. In 2013 Hoes was ranked #6 among the Orioles prospects by MLB.com before the season began, after he had won the 2012 Brooks Robinson Award as the Orioles Minor League Player of the Year in 2012.

The Astros will likely deal Hoes by the All-Star Break and a return to the Orioles organization and near his home in D.C., is very probable.

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