HOUSTON, TX - Astroline, the Astros popular weekly radio show, will air its 14th episode of the season tomorrow on SportsTalk 790 from 6-7 p.m. CT. Corpus Christi Hooks broadcaster Michael Coffin and Astros radio broadcaster Steve Sparks will serve as the co-hosts for the show which will feature pre-recorded interviews with Astros prospects Corey Julks and Nick Hernandez along with Hooks manager Gregorio Petit. Julks and Hernandez are two of several minor league players currently working out at the Astros minor league camp at the club’s Spring Training facility in West Palm Beach.
In addition to listening along on SportsTalk 790, the show can also be heard live on the iHeartRadio App.
All Astroline shows, which are presented by Karbach Brewing Company, are scheduled to broadcast on SportsTalk 790, but are subject to change due to scheduling conflicts.
Julks was the Astros eighth-round pick in the June 2017 MLB draft from the University of Houston. The outfielder had a breakout season in 2021, recording a .287 batting average with 14 home runs, 36 RBI, 23 doubles, 15 stolen bases and a .840 OPS in 85 games.
Hernandez was selected by the Astros in the eighth round in the June 2016 MLB draft from the University of Houston. The right-handed pitcher recorded a stellar season in 2021, notching a 1.61 ERA (10ER/56IP) with 69 strikeouts and a 3-1 record in 33 games including one start.
Petit made his managerial and professional coaching debut with the Hooks in 2021. A native of Ocumare, Venezuela, Petit played 15 seasons of professional baseball from 2003-’18, including 197 games in the major leagues, hitting for a .249 lifetime batting average. Petit spent the 2014 season in the Houston organization, hitting .278 in 37 games with the Astros.
Coffin, who joined the Hooks in 2007, serves as the primary play-by-play voice of Hooks Baseball, calling games with Gene Kasprzyk. Coffin also assists in media relations and helps manage cchooks.com. The Orange native graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Radio-Television degree in May 2006. He then finished the year as a broadcast intern with the Houston Astros. In Huntsville, Coffin served as sports director of the student radio station, calling four seasons of Bearkat Baseball and three seasons of Bearkat Football. He was also a student assistant for the university’s sports information department, as well as a stringer at The Huntsville Item. He currently provides play-by-play for CCISD football broadcasts in the fall and is the public address announcer for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi basketball.
Sparks will be returning for his 10th season in 2022 as the Astros radio color commentator after being named to the post on Feb. 13, 2013. Prior to joining the Astros radio broadcast team, Sparks served as a pre-and postgame analyst for Astros television games over several seasons following a 17-year playing career. A knuckleballer in his playing days, Sparks pitched in the Major Leagues in parts of nine seasons (1995-2004) for the Brewers, Angels, Tigers, A’s and Diamondbacks. His best season came in 2001 for Detroit when he went 14-9 with a 3.65 ERA and a Major League-best eight complete games while tallying 232.0 innings pitched.