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:
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.
Brett Wallace (L)
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.
Michael Bourn (L)
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.
Wandy Rodriguez (L)
J.A. Happ (L)
Comment: This is set.
Enerio Del Rosario
Ryan Rowland-Smith (L)
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.