All Things Astros and a whole lot more
Brett Wallace is gone. Long live another former first rounder who didn’t live up to the billing.
For the past few seasons and spring trainings, the Astros have carried a lot of chaff, excess weight and “scrubs”, as some of you have called it. Almost by necessity due to the reconstruction blue print, Houston has been a haven for low-risk, high-reward players and those trying to resurrect a career.
Perhaps the Astros have now reached a tipping point of sorts. This season, as more seasoned talent arrives from the minor league system and the organization invests in some more seasoned help at the major league level, there won’t be as many spots on the 40-man roster for those so-called projects.
With every Jerome Williams, Dexter Fowler or Jesus Guzman acquisition comes decision time for the 40-man roster. Whether it results in a release, DFA or trade, the low-man-on-the-totem-pole discussion is now always in play.
So, who is the low man? Obviously, this week it was Wallace. There will be more adjustments to come as the Astros cruise toward opening day April 1. The odd man out could change from time to time, but here’s my list today of the men on the bubble.
Marc Krauss. 26. OF/DH.
Carlos Corporan. 26 in May. C.
Lucas Harrell. 25. RHP.
Pitcher. Pick ’em.
The chaff was easier to see last year and in years before. As the young talent rises to the top and Jeff Luhnow signs his own players, seeing the obvious left-overs won’t be as easy.
One more thought: Most prospects will not spend time on the 40-man roster at AAA. If they do, they’re simply slow developing, are blocked by someone ahead of them or have other issues. It’s why the Astros have thrown Jonathan Villar into the starting SS role. And, it’s why the should do the same with Singleton. It’s time to find out what you’ve got.
Who’s the next to go?