Chip is working in Southern California this week and Dan Peschong checks in with an interesting look back at 2013. Indeed, it was a season to “see what we’ve got” and Dan cites the cream that is rising to the top and the plain ol’ riff raff.
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At the major league level, the Houston Astros 2013 season was nothing short of a catastrophe in team performance and in fulfilling even the minimal expectations of fans entering the year. Almost all of the organizational success occurred farther down the food chain in the minors; very little occurred at the major league level to warm even the most optimistic fan’s heart.
One thing that did occur is that 50 different players wore the Astros uniforms last year, so in a biblical sense there were attempts to separate the wheat from the chaff (not that we are burning up the refuse players in unquenchable fire). The following is a shot at categorizing those 50 men who wore the uniform in 2013 based on their performances.
Gone, gone gone
(13) The final decision for a bunch of the players occurred during the season or in the short time since the last game of 2013. This covers a mix of those released and those traded.
Good as gone
(8) These guys may still be in the organization in 2014, but the fact that none of them appear on the 40 man roster highlights that none of them are considered a part of the future.
Last Chance Saloon
(6) There are probably more guys in this category than I mention below – but these are the guys who are on their last shot with the organization from my point of view and might be gone soon if a trading partner could be found. Lyles, because of his age and potential might not be on this list in Luhnow’s eyes – but how many more 5+ ERA years can he post before they give up on him
Not Enough Data
(14) These are guys who have not played or thrown enough to end up either on the Last Chance Saloon list or the Good (for now) list. This season is important for them as they try to make a mark on a wide open club. Some of these guys will not even make the team out of spring training, but some may make their career.
Good (for now)
(6) These are the folks who look like sure things to start the 2014 season and play significant time. There is no way I can say that any of the 50 Astros from 2013 are “untouchables” – but these are the best bets from last season.
(3) Not sure where to put a few guys.
Part of me wants to put Robbie Grossman in Not Enough Data – but there was something there that made me think that he might be Good for Now.
Brandon Barnes on the other hand has played too much to be a Not Enough Data guy and too inconsistent to be Good for Now – but I don’t think he is a Last Chance Saloon guy either.
In one way Carlos Corporan may be a good for now guy – does a good job behind the plate and has some pop – but it is possible that Stassi could bump him. I’m kind of hoping that Castro takes over 1B and Corporan and Stassi split the C duties.
So – looking at the 50 guys who played for the Astros last year – do you agree with the classifications and where do you place people? Are you amazed that I put only 6 people in the good for now category? (Maybe some of you are amazed that I could find 6).