The Astros last lineup place will certainly be a two-man face-off in between Myles Straw and also Garrett Stubbs, per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart Of program, this certain “camp battle” has as much to do with the items around the gamers as the gamers themselves. For that issue, it might boil down to a discussion in between Dusty Baker and also brand-new GM JamesClick The 2 are most likely still creating a natural approach when it concerns lineup building. That they have an added lineup place in the 26 th man this period should aid smooth the waters. Still, there’s a choice to be made right here, and also similar to numerous clubs, the choice might boil down to simply the amount of catchers they intend to carry the lineup. Let’s take a much deeper study the prospects.
- One would certainly believe that Myles Straw is the frontrunner to make the opening day lineup. Without him, the Astros do not have an all-natural back-up for George Springer in facility. With Jake Marisnick currently on the Mets, Straw is the likeliest prospect to fill up that gap as a pinch-runner and also late-game protective substitute. Josh Reddick would possibly fill up that duty as a back-up were Straw not to make the group, though it would certainly be shocking if that held true for the whole period. Even if Straw does not make it, anticipate him to inhabit a lineup place sometimes throughout the period.
- Stubbs, 26, has actually invested the last 2 periods in Triple- A, and also he’s absolutely prepared sufficient to obtain a long time as a back-up in2020 He has a great method at home plate, will certainly take his strolls and also does not set out (162% K-rate last period). He’s reputable sufficient defensively, yet it’s tough to see where the Astros would certainly gain from rostering a 3rd catcher. Martin Maldonado will certainly be the main starter, and also he might be utilized as a protection substitute in video games he does not begin. On the various other hand, they might take the chance of melting their bench by pinch-hitting for Maldonado in areas. Still, Dustin Garneau gets on hand for those events. Garneau has some power capacity, yet Kyle Tucker or Josh Reddick will certainly be the initial lefty bat off the bench, while Aledmys Diaz will certainly be the individual from the appropriate side. One back-up catcher should be sufficient.
- The sleeper prospect right here is Abraham Toro He debuted last period with a.218/.303/.385 line over a simple 85 plate looks. Toro uses a high quality mix of speed/power and also the capability to play either catch in the infield along with keystone in a pinch. He’s a switch-hitter, which supplies some energy past the overlapping skillset he shows Diaz or Yuli Gurriel, yet he additionally has choices offered. The Astros, as a result, will certainly really feel no stress to maintain him on the big league lineup. That stated, Toro obtained some appeal last period, a high quality the Astros are brief on nowadays. Having a young gamer that followers can favor unquestionably might obtain Toro an added appearance.
We’re thinking right here, naturally, that the Astros will certainly choose an eight-man bullpen. That’s rarely an inescapable final thought, though it’s the likeliest lead to the instance of many groups, and also considered that the Astros have some unpredictability at the backside of their turning, they might delight in having an added arm to utilize up until the number 4 and also 5 beginners develop some uniformity.