Astros expand technology to follow prospects

Astros expand technology to follow prospects

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Astros' efforts to beef up their video capabilities in all areas of the organization will be evident at the upper levels of the Minor Leagues this season when club officials will have the ability to access more game video, no longer relying only on scouting reports.

The Astros will have an intern at the home parks of most of their affiliates who will be in charge of archiving and organizing video of players. The video feeds will be sent back to Houston.

"When a roving instructor or myself or one of our Major League coaches can watch video of one of our Minor League players -- because we can't be there all the time -- it really helps us get a sense of how they're progressing, how close they are to the big leagues and what they need to keep working on," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "Ultimately, our goal is to have video at all of our Minor League facilities and eventually get video from all of our visiting teams as well."

Home games involving Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Corpus Christi are available on MiLB.TV, but the angles are not exactly the ones the Astros want to see. Instead, they will have the cameras positioned so they can see the hitters swing, see the pitchers' deliveries and be able to watch the pitches.

"Video has become a tool that's really important, not only for player evaluations, but player development," Luhnow said.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.