"I thought it went well," DeFrancesco said. "I was very comfortable with them. I left there with some confidence and was happy to even have the opportunity."
DeFrancesco took over for the dismissed Brad Mills on Aug. 19 and had a 7-17 record going into Friday's game, though the Astros were 6-6 in September. He has a 1,235-1,088 record in 18 years as a Minor League manager.
"I believe in my ability and all the training I had in the Minor Leagues," DeFrancesco said.
The known candidates the Astros have interviewed are Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter, and Larry Bowa was in Houston to meet with the Astros on Friday, though it's not know if he's a candidate.
DeFrancesco believes he brings some unique qualities.
"The relaxed nature I have in the dugout, my ability to talk to the players in team meetings and the coaches," he said. "Jeff and Jim want a leader, and I'm hoping I can be the guy that can lead these guys. I'm excited to have the chance to even talk about it."