Taking a shot at the Astros’ roster
With a week to go before the season opener — and against my better judgment — I’m going to take a crack at what the Astros’ 25-man roster will look like at the start of the season. Let me know what you think.
INFIELDERS (6) — Jose Altuve, Ronny Cedeno, Matt Dominguez, Marwin Gonzalez, Carlos Pena (DH), Brett Wallace.
- Brandon Laird could be the odd man out and that would be a crime. Laird has had a terrific spring, but it’s hard to envision any of the players above not making the team.
OUTFIELDERS (5) — Rick Ankiel, Brandon Barnes, Chris Carter, Fernando Martinez, Justin Maxwell.
- This would leave out Trevor Crowe, who has plenty of tools. But it certainly appears Barnes will make the club.
CATCHERS (2) — Jason Castro, Carlos Corporan.
STARTING PITCHERS (5) — Bud Norris, Lucas Harrell, Philip Humber, Alex White, Erik Bedard.
- I’m picking White and Bedard over Brad Peacock, who could start the year in Triple-A.
RELIEF PITCHERS (7) — Hector Ambriz, Xavier Cedeno, Rhiner Cruz, Josh Fields, Edgar Gonzalez, Jose Veras, Wesley Wright.
- Chia-Jen Lo’s had a great spring, but I still see him beginning the year in Triple-A.