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.


I think you’re right on all aspects of the roster. I’d love to see Crowe make the team, for purely personal reasons, but agree that with the spring he’s had Barnes deserves a spot!!

Crowe is a dang good player, but Brandon Barnes is much, much better.
I still don’t get the Ronnie Cedeno signing. As we saw today…….he can’t field any better than Greene. Oh well………we won’t get to see the games ANYWAY.

starting lineup, leading off, Altuve 2b. Barnes cf. Castro c. Carter lf. Wallace 1b. Ankiel rf Pena dh. Laird 3b. Cedeno ss.

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