Astros gearing up for FanFest on Saturday

Astros gearing up for FanFest on Saturday

HOUSTON -- More than two dozen current and former Astros players and members of the front office will be on hand to sign autographs and talk baseball during the team's annual FanFest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

Admission to FanFest is free to the public, but fans will have to visit to claim an admission voucher to enter. The vouchers will also be available on Saturday at the box office and at all entry gates. Free parking is available in lots A, B and C.

Among the current and former Astros scheduled to attend are Jose Altuve, Brandon Backe, Jason Castro, Scott Feldman, Evan Gattis, Ken Giles, Jake Marisnick, Lance McCullers, Collin McHugh, Terry Puhl, Colby Rasmus, J.R. Richard, George Springer, Max Stassi, Preston Tucker, Luis Valbuena and Jimmy Wynn. All of the autograph sessions are sold out.

American League Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel and AL Rookie of the Year Carlos Correa won't be at FanFest. They are scheduled to fly to New York for the Baseball Writers' Association of America's annual dinner, where they will receive their awards.

Among the highlighted activities are various fan forums emceed by announcers Bill Brown, Robert Ford and Steve Sparks. Director of amateur scouting Mike Elias and analytics developer Darren Defreeuw will talk the art of scouting/decision sciences from 11:30 a.m.-noon; Altuve, McHugh and Castro will reflect on the 2015 season from 12:15-12:45 p.m.; authentications manager Mike Acosta will reveal a new jersey from 1:15-1:45 p.m.; director of Minor League operations Allen Rowin will discuss the farm system from 2:45-3:15 p.m.; and Rasmus, Springer and Gattis will talk clubhouse culture from 3:40-4 p.m.

All fan forums are located in the Diamond Club with no ticket required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Other activities include balloon artists, face painting, an Astros garage sale, kids zone, national anthem auditions (noon to 2 p.m. CT), a photo booth, petting zoo, run the bases for all ages and a social media zone.

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