The Texas Longhorn–signee has played with USA Baseball multiple times. Via VYPE
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It's a cool, breezy day in Houston and Sanson Faltine III (better known as Trey) leans back, stretches his arms out on the metal bench and smiles from ear to ear.
With his Team USA jersey on, a red Fort Bend Travis hat propped up and slightly tilted on the top of his black curly hair, the kid is having fun.
Faltine is always having fun. It's baseball, why not?
"A lot of times kids in high school worry so much about getting recruited and being the best player that they forget about having fun," Faltine said. "I had friends growing up who were way better athletes than I was. They threw farther, hit farther but the process wasn't fun for them. I think that's what a lot of kids lose when they grow up."
With the fun he's had during his time at Fort Bend Travis has come a lot of success on the diamond. Faltine, who is considered by Texas baseball coach David Pierce as one of the "best two-way players in the country," hasn't gone unnoticed.
The Texas Longhorn–signee has played with USA Baseball multiple times, including going to Panama this past fall, where he helped USA win gold on the field and his teammates off of it.
"We would go to the hotel and the maids would come in asking if we needed anything. No one understood, so I had to go to everyone's room asking what they needed," said Faltine, who speaks Spanish. "Towels, shampoo, stuff like that. I got to work on my Spanish a little bit. Meet new people."
Following that experience, Faltine fulfilled a lifelong dream of signing with the Texas Longhorns in December.
It's a new year for the Houston Astros as they return to action for their first game of the spring against the Washington Nationals on Saturday.
Every season we see some adjustments to the roster which means we also see some changes in leadership. As Astros fans, we're all aware of Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker's contract situations. Breggy could be gone after the season, and Tucker could follow one year later.
Which means it's pretty clear who the leaders of the team will be for the foreseeable future. Not only are these guys two of the best players on the club, but they're also under contract for several more years. In Altuve's case, through the 2029 season. For Yordan, he won't sniff free agency until 2029.
While these guys aren't your typical vocal leaders, they are both highly respected and lead by example. Leadership is something that's front of mind for Yordan this season, according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome.
On Yordan Alvarez the leader, one of two constants in a clubhouse bracing for change and the responsibility he wants to shoulder as a result - https://t.co/sZGlI5taBQ
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) February 21, 2024
Another way to be a leader is to do everything you can to be available for your team. Alvarez changed his diet in the offseason hoping it will help him stay healthy this year.
Manager Joe Espada said Alvarez is fully healthy and he plans on playing him earlier than normal this spring.
Currently, Yordan is trending down in games played for three straight seasons. But he's such a great player that he needs fewer games to put up massive numbers.
He finished 3rd in MVP voting in 2022, and he only played in 135 games out of a possible 162.
So with that in mind, how many games does Yordan need to play this year to win an MVP?
Plus, who's going to protect him in the lineup? With new manager Joe Espada in place, it's hard to know what the lineup will look like.
One thing we do know, Espada immediately named Josh Hader his closer when spring training began. He also told the media that he wants Jeremy Pena to know where he's going to hit every day when he comes to the ballpark.
Espada values players knowing their roles, and getting comfortable in their routines. Something very different from last season when manager Dusty Baker moved Pena all over the lineup throughout the season.
So what does all this mean for Yordan?
Be sure to watch the video above as we break it all down!
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