"I know he's a real knowledgeable guy about the game and will definitely bring a new look to the Houston Astros," pitcher Lucas Harrell said.
Outfielder Justin Maxwell used to play with the Nationals, but that was before Porter became the third-base coach in Washington. Maxwell said his former teammates who were on the team with Porter said he was a high-energy guy.
Catcher Jason Castro also got feedback from players he knows in the game.
"Everybody's pretty excited," he said. "I personally don't know him, but I've heard good things. I reached out to a couple of people I know that have played in that organization and they all have great things to say about him. We are definitely excited to get to know him, and from what I hear he's real passionate and an intense guy, and that will be an exciting guy to play for."
Harrell is looking forward to meeting Porter.
"We'll be going to the American League and we'll have a new manager, and I hope I get to meet him before Spring Training and I can talk to him a little bit, get a feel for him and what his style is and kind get to know him so we can have a relationship and build a winning team here next year," he said.