My latest Astros roster projection

Some teams have already set their 25-man roster, while others — like the Astros — are going to wait until close to the deadline to set rosters, which is 10 a.m. CT on Thursday. But it’s becoming increasingly clear what the Astros roster is going to be at this point.

With that in mind, I bring you my first poll question:

 

For me, the only roster question remains the final couple of bullpen spots. I think everything else is pretty much set, so here’s my latest roster projection:

CATCHERS (2)

Humberto Quintero

J.R. Towles

Comment: Towles is dealing with back issues, but if he’s healthy he will split time behind the plate with Quintero. If the back is an issue, I’m guessing the Astros have to take switch-hitter Carlos Corporan to start the year.

INFIELDERS (6)

Brett Wallace (L)

Bill Hall

Angel Sanchez

Chris Johnson

Matt Downs

Joe Inglett (L)

Comment: The addition of Inglett satisifies the need for a left-handed bat off the bench, something they weren’t going to have unless J.B. Shuck made the club. Sanchez gets the start at shortstop with Clint Barmes out, beating out Tommy Manzella. Sanchez hit .280 in a part-time role last year and has been getting a lot of at-bats as spring winds down. Plus, he’s out of options, which means the Astros would risk losing him if they didn’t keep him on the roster.

OUTFIELDERS (5)

Carlos Lee

Michael Bourn (L)

Hunter Pence

Jason Michaels

Jason Bourgeois

Comment: Bourgeois brings a lot to the table. He can run, plays terrific defense and can play second base on occasion. Plus, he had a very strong spring at the plate. He’ll likely get the last spot over J.B. Shuck.

STARTERS (5)

Brett Myers

Wandy Rodriguez (L)

J.A. Happ (L)

Bud Norris

Nelson Figueroa

Comment: This is set.

BULLPEN (7)

Brandon Lyon

Wilton Lopez

Jeff Fulchino

Enerio Del Rosario

Ryan Rowland-Smith (L)

Mark Melancon

Fernando Abad (L)

Comment: Del Rosario’s stellar spring numbers were too good to ignore, so I have him winning a spot. Rowland-Smith is in good shape as a left-handed specialist/long reliever. I have Abad winning final spot over Henry Villar, who did well this spring. At the end of the day, I see Brad Mills putting more stock in what Abad did last year than his lousy spring.

5 Comments

No Aneury Rodriguez? Did I miss something?

And how exactly does one surmise that a guy sporting a near-7 ERA and 1.7-ish WHIP is “in good shape?”

I was surprised that you didn’t have Aneury Rodriguez listed in your bullpen projection. I know the injury to Happ occurred after your article, but it does make it seem like Aneury would add value to the team by being able to safeguard against injury to the starting rotation.

I think they keep Aneury Rodriguez and trade hyphen for the infamous “player to be named later” at the last minute.

I don’t know if RRS is “in good shape” with the Astros or not, but maybe the answer to _sturt_’s question has something to do with the state of the Astros pitching corps right now. Opening Day starter has a 9.0 ERA and 2.17 WHIP this Spring and the No. 2 has a 8.04 ERA with a 1.91 WHIP. Meanwhile, the No. 4 has a 7.71 ERA and 1.71 WHIP. Comparatively, RRS’s 6.23 ERA and 1.69 WHIP doesn’t look so bad. All that aside, I don’t know that anyone expects these guys regular season stats to fall in line with the inflated spring stats, and Brian is right that RRS has value as a left-hand specialist/long reliever, plus he can pick up spot starts if needed and he’s a heck of a nice guy to have around the ballclub. I definitely hope he makes the squad.
-Todd
http://cookandsonbats.mlblogs.com

Had to pick Wandy from the list; however, I believe Carlos Lee is more of key to winning. He needs to have a 2007 year, or even 2009 to put more runs on the board. I expect the team pitching ERA to be on par with last year at best.

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