The Astros reported to spring training a month ago and are less than three weeks from the beginning of the major league season.
Still, most fans are expecting both Singleton and Springer to break camp in the everyday lineup. But when two of the top prospects are 6-for-41 with a couple of RBI to their names, Porter is surely making out lineups with a pencil now rather than a pen.
Meanwhile, Dallas Keuchel and Harrell have been sharp if not downright top flight in early returns.
For what it’s worth, the stats are early returns are mixed:
- Jose Altuve doesn’t have a HR, RBI or SB.
- Springer has 9 Ks in 23 ABs.
- Marwin Gonzalez has 11 hits (.440) with 5 doubles.
- Singleton (.346) and Springer (.400) have great OBPs thanks to 8 and 7 walks respectively.
- The Astros have scored 6 or more runs in half their spring games.
- Jonathan Villar has a homer and six RBI, but 5 errors in the field (in less than 50 innings).
- What’s the backup plan at third base if Matty doesn’t hit?
To be sure, many of the projected starters must be causing Jeff Luhnow and Porter some sleepless nights.
All the while, Houston still needs an opening day starter on the mound and has to settle on the flanks for center fielder Dexter Fowler. Not to mention shoring up the bench and getting some players healthy.
Not a problem. It’s only spring and the games and stats mean nothing, right?