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It was a solid decade for the Houston basketball community.
The Bayou City won nine state titles -- three by Jack Yates. There were several McDonald's All-Americans and future pros like Danuel House, the Harrison Twins, Carsen Edwards, Daymean Dotson and Joseph Young to name a few.
How about the coaching jobs? Yates' Greg Wise and FB Bush's Ronnie Courtney -- well, held court. Wise stacked titles and Courtney has won titles at Willowridge and Bush. David Green reached state with Hightower before winning a title at North Shore. He's now the captain of the ship at Beaumont United.
It was a basketball Renaissance in H-Town and VYPE had a front-row seat.
VYPE's TOP 20
No. 1 Yates, 2010 (Class 4A State Champs)
One of city's Best Ever… Peters, Gardner, Young in the backcourt
No. 2 FB Travis, 2013 (Class 5A State Champs)
Harrison Twins cement legacy with title
No. 3 Cypress Falls, 2017 (Class 6A State Champs)
Young team with Hawkins, Wesley knocked off Wagner
No. 4 FB Bush, 2010 (Class 5A State Champs)
Coach Courtney wins state at Bush after huge career at Willowridge
No. 5 North Shore, 2014 (Class 5A State Champs)
Jarrey Foster (SMU), Kerwin Roach (Texas) led the way
Find the rest of the list here
The Houston Astros were in need of some serious help in the bullpen with Phil Maton, Hector Neris, and Ryne Stanek likely leaving this year in free agency.
The Houston Astros have acquired RHP Dylan Coleman from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for RHP Carlos Mateo. pic.twitter.com/hDYuBLn2Kv
— Houston Astros (@astros) December 6, 2023
While some fans were getting concerned about the quiet offseason, the club has made two moves this week to get the ball rolling.
First the team signed Victor Caratini to be the backup catcher, and now they have added some relief pitching.
The Astros traded pitching prospect Carlos Mateo to the Royals for RHP pitcher Dylan Coleman.
Coleman appeared in 96 games in the past three seasons for KC, including 68 games in 2022 and 23 games last season. He has a career 3.88 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. He’s fastball (95 mph), slider (81) and cutter (90) and walked 57 batters and struck out 99 in 92 2/3 innings.
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) December 6, 2023
Coleman is under club control for the next several years, and made just over $700,000 in 2022. With the Astros right up against the tax threshold, this is a good way to add to the bullpen without having to hand out a large contract.
The Royals had a tough roster decision to make with Coleman, and the Astros made the decision easy for them by making the trade.
Something to note
There's a reason Kansas City wasn't determined to protect Coleman from the Rule 5 Draft. Despite his decent numbers over the last three seasons, 2023 was a rough year for him, posting an 8.84 ERA over 23 games.
In fact, Coleman pitched more innings (30.2) for the Royals AAA team than he did for the big league club (18.1) in 2023.
Hopefully, the Astros can get him back on track this season with some help from their highly touted player development program.
You can watch some of his 2022 highlights above.