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Astros’ 40-man roster: Ranking players top to bottom


In this post, we will evaluate each of the Houston Astros on the 40-man roster and give them a numerical value based on a subjective grade (1 through 10, with 1 being awful and 10 being great) for each of six areas reflecting overall value to the team. The goal is to provide comparative value of each of the 38 players currently on the 40 man.

All readers may throw rocks at both the categories and the grade, but are requested to leave their glass houses prior to lobbing those stones.

Past Performance

The value given will reflect where this player should fall vs. the rest of MLB players at their position. It is weighted towards recent performance, but takes into account the volatility of past performance year to year. If a player only has minor league experience his number will be 1.

Upside Potential

This value can be higher for players who are young enough to expect to develop over time, but also takes into account the fact that some of these players are not expected to develop much at all.

Injury History

Straightforward. Someone injury prone like Castro will get a much lower number than a warrior like Jose Altuve.

Team Control

Again, straightforward. Higher numbers will be given to rookies or people under multi-year contracts than guys about to go to arbitration or free agency.

Position Value

Some positions (2B/SS/SP) hold more value than others (1B/RP).

Name Past Perform. Upside Potential Injury History Team Control Position Value Total
Jose Altuve 9 5 9 7 8 38
George Springer 7 9 5 9 7 37
Dallas Keuchel 8 6 8 7 8 37
Collin McHugh 8 6 6 8 8 36
Brett Oberholtzer 5 7 7 7 7 33
Chris Carter 6 8 9 6 3 32
Dexter Fowler 7 6 5 6 7 31
Scott Feldman 7 4 8 4 8 31
Jason Castro 6 7 5 5 8 31
Jon Singleton 4 7 7 8 4 30
Jonathan Villar 2 6 8 7 7 30
Robbie Grossman 5 6 8 7 4 30
Marwin Gonzalez 6 6 5 6 7 30
Brad Peacock 4 6 4 8 7 29
Josh Fields 3 6 5 7 5 29
Jake Marisnick 4 7 7 8 3 29
Jake Buchanan 4 6 7 8 4 29
Michael Foltynewicz 3 7 7 8 4 29
Luis Cruz 1 8 7 8 5 29
Matt Dominguez 3 6 8 6 5 28
Max Stassi 4 7 4 8 5 28
Domingo Santana 1 8 8 8 3 28
Hank Conger 5 6 5 6 6 28
Tony Sipp 7 4 8 3 5 28
Chad Qualls 8 2 7 3 7 27
Carlos Corporan 4 4 8 7 4 27
Asher Wojciechowski 1 8 5 8 5 27
Gregorio Petit 5 3 7 7 5 27
Will Harris 5 4 6 7 4 26
Kevin Chapman 4 5 7 7 3 26
Marc Krauss 2 5 8 7 3 25
Sam Deduno 4 4 6 7 4 25
L.J. Hoes 2 5 7 7 3 24
Darin Downs 3 5 6 6 3 23
Josh Zeid 2 5 5 8 3 23
Anthony Bass 4 4 5 6 3 22
Alex Presley 3 4 5 6 3 21
Alex White 1 5 4 6 4 20

Plenty to chew on, moan about and revise.

  • Do you agree with the 5 categories? What would you suggest instead?
  • Do you agree with the results? The relative rankings?
  • Who was over-valued?
  • Who was under-valued?
  • Who would be your top 10 Astros in relative worth?
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About Dan P

Dan Peschong is a full time engineer and a long time Astros lover from the days of Joe Morgan to the days of Jose Altuve.

117 comments on “Astros’ 40-man roster: Ranking players top to bottom

  1. Astro45
    November 18, 2014

    1st this looks like something an engineer would come up with other than just giving a guy a “29” – which is probably the best guess number. Second, not sure how (example only) the four catchers play the same position or share time with DH and get a different position number. Toward the bottom – you were more than kind on some past performance numbers. As to top 10 – not sure Obie belongs there, but don’t see anyone except maybe Qualls (unless we are playing the A’s) that deserves top 10 ranking. Overall an excellent job my friend.

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    • Dan P
      November 18, 2014

      Astro 45
      Guilty as charged on being an engineer. What I wanted to do was see how grinding through this would give me a different order than if I just sat down and put them in order myself.
      My thought on the catchers was that Castro as the starter is worth more position wise than the backups or potential backups.
      I may have been too generous some places – no doubt.
      It was an interesting process but perhaps more interesting to me than y’all.

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    • 1oldpro
      November 18, 2014

      I agree. This is a terrific effort and I think Young Dan nailed it. A LOT of room for this team to improve, given the bottom nine players on this list.

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      • Dan P
        November 18, 2014

        Thanks op – especially the Young Dan part fir these old bones.
        Were the 5 categories decent and sensible?

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  2. 1oldpro
    November 18, 2014

    I question Altuve’s upside potential. Considering that his upside is as a batting champion and his age is 25, his potential to deliver his upside is terrific. He is a terrific contact hitter and his peak years as an extreme contact hitter are from now until his year 30. His upside potential should be an 8 or a nine, jumping him to over 40. His potential is not diminished by the fact that the Astros are now in the AL, where he could be a DH as he ages, thereby taking any defensive regression out of the equation. I could see a potential good fielding, high OBP second baseman coming along in a few years and letting Altuve save his body by moving to DH, even if it is as a two or three game a week move, so that Altuve doesn’t end up being worn out by age 30.

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    • Dan P
      November 18, 2014

      Point taken old pro – I struggled with that particular number. It was hard for me to see areas where he could improve a lot – the biggest area would be power in my mind though at his size I am not sure he will be a 20+ homer guy like Biggio.
      Of course he might end up hitting .370 or something.
      I guess I woosed out giving him a middle of the road 5.

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    • Chip Bailey
      November 18, 2014

      I believe the “upside” potential for Altuve lies not necessarily in him hitting for a higher average, getting more RBI etc, but in consistency. If he can come anywhere close to a 15-year career with similar numbers, that’s his upside. My concern for him long-term is his size. Smaller bodies often break down quicker than taller, slenderer bodies. That’s why teams are also concerned with players like Sandoval and even Fielder…due to their weight.

      And, yes, good stuff Dan!

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      • Dan P
        November 18, 2014

        Thanks Chip. The plus side is that Altuve is short but not tiny – he is solidly built and hopefully he can last and be an Astro for a very long time.
        But yes that is a concern .

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  3. Devin_
    November 18, 2014

    Why does Springer get a 9 for team control, but Folty and Santana get 8’s?

    Also, you should consider adding a downside potential column as well. Steady guys might have their value intrinsically higher because you don’t have to wonder whether a two month stretch was a mirage.

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    • Dan P
      November 18, 2014

      Good catch Devin – I did this over like a 3 day period so I won’t claim it is perfectly consistent. So if we drop Springer down to a 8 – he is tied with McHugh rather than Keuchel – fine with me.
      Interesting thought about the downside potential column – that is probably in Luhnow’s computer program….

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  4. 1oldpro
    November 18, 2014

    Dan, I know this is a lot of work but I wish to see you do this again in January and put both of them in the same post! It will be interesting to add up the team total on that one and this one.

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    • Dan P
      November 18, 2014

      Sure – I will do one based on the 40 man heading into Spring Training.

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  5. Kevin
    November 18, 2014

    First of all Cudo’s to Dan, Chip , and Brian, you all put a ton of effort into these posts for us 30 Astro geeks TY. I would agree with one post that Obie might be a little high. I love his heart not sure of his long term success. I think everyone under Wojo should be gone of the 40 , Next .
    On a side bar, Altuve starting in Japan the last 2 games because Cano broke a toe, 6 hits and the first 2 wins for Team USA (-;

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    • Dan P
      November 18, 2014

      Thanks, Kevin – we are here to please.
      – Guys below Wojo who might have value.
      – Thought Petit looked like a solid middle infielder backup – good in the field and decent at the bat.
      – Chapman is an interesting guy – Pitched very well in 2013, pitched poorly to start 2014 (walking way too many people) but only gave up 1 run in his last 13 appearances (only walking 1 guy in those appearances).
      – Deduno showed a decent arm – not sure whether they are looking at him for a 5th spot in the rotation or in the middle of the pen

      Love to hear that Altuve is tearing it up (again) – OK – his upside number should be 9 and he will be the first guy to hit .400 since Teddy Baseball.

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  6. 1oldpro
    November 18, 2014

    Off topic but still interesting: On April 3, 2014 TCB listed the 27 players on the opening day OKC RedHawks roster. As of today, 3 of those 27 players are listed on the Fresno roster and they are Stoffel, Ruben Sosa and Ronald Torreyes. Some moved up, a couple moved down and the vast majority are gone.

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    • Kevin
      November 18, 2014

      HMM is that accurate or just someone dropping the ball on updating I wonder?

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      • 1oldpro
        November 18, 2014

        9 of the players are now on the Astros roster and 13 of them are no longer in the organization, 3 are still there and 2 have been moved down.
        Fresno currently only has ten players listed on their roster, which certainly doesn’t prop up excitement with baseball fans in that town.
        Still, that is certainly a huge turnover. A guy like Santana will certainly be put back on Fresno’s roster in April, but the Astros have a lot of moving up to do, to fill out that roster, especially the starting pitching, where Tropeano, Folty, Doran, Martinez, McHugh, Clemens, Owens, Cisnero, and Buchanan are either up or gone, and White/Wojo are kinda in Limbo.

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      • 1oldpro
        November 18, 2014

        Wow, I used the word “certainly” in 3 consecutive sentences. That shows my reluctance to use the word “surely” in honor of Leslie Nielsen. A case of respect limiting vocabulary

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      • Flash
        November 18, 2014

        I will certainly say that you are certainly certain about your certainty.

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      • daveb
        November 18, 2014

        I certainly use that word too often too. How about having “too” twice in the same sentence?

        I think Altuve can and will continue to grow in the area of selectivity, which should allow him to see better pitches to hit harder and certainly (there we go again) raise his OBP in the long run. I also think he can become an even higher percentage base stealer. We might not see 50 stolen bases a year for long, but he will get thrown out less and less.

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      • Tim
        November 18, 2014

        Nice take, OP and quit calling me Shirley. 😄

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    • Dan P
      November 18, 2014

      oldpro – I found the article for last year – but where are you seeing their current roster? The one I just looked at only showed 10 players on the Fresno roster. I’m assuming there are some (like Santana) that will get invited to the major league camp but likely assigned back to Fresno before the season.

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      • Dan P
        November 18, 2014

        OK – you posted while I was posting – that answered the question.

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    • Dan P
      November 18, 2014

      That is right and quit calling me Certainly. No it does not have the same ring as quit calling me Surely.
      “A hospital? What is it?” “It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now.”

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      • Tim
        November 18, 2014

        Dang, Dan beat me to the punch.

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      • Dan P
        November 18, 2014

        Great minds Tim – do think alike

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    • Dan P
      November 18, 2014

      And there has to be a story from the Knights of the Round Table about brave Sir Tan

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    • Dan P
      November 18, 2014

      That improvement for Altuve would certainly be good too, dave b. 🙂

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  7. Dan P
    November 18, 2014

    I thought for sure that I would get complaints about where Singleton ended up and especially Villar. Well when Becky gets here…..Villar goes down.

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    • Devin_
      November 18, 2014

      I could see flipping Marwin with Villar as the former is steady and versatile, but don’t have an issue with his ranking. I might value Singleton a bit higher, but I am in the minority there. His epic K fest last season gives us good reason to be concerned, but I don’t agree with the experts analysis on his swing. His problem is preparation. I’d pay Bagwell seven figures (of Crane’s money)to tutor him all spring on the finer aspects of watching video (no Dan, not of Sponge Bob) and anticipating pitch sequences in different situations. Surround him with Carter and Springer and he should get pitches to hit. Convince him to drive it to both gaps, like he did in the minors, and we something.

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    • Dan P
      November 18, 2014

      Devin –
      Lots of good points there sir.
      I’m afraid that Singleton’s video heroes may be:
      – Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused
      – Sean Penn in Fast Times at Ridgemeont High
      – Cheech and Chong in (pick a movie)
      – Al Pacino in Scarface
      – Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
      (you get the idea)

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      • Tim
        November 18, 2014

        You forgot Seth Rogen in Pineapple Express. 😀

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      • Dan P
        November 18, 2014

        Another fine citizen there Tim

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  8. Kevin
    November 18, 2014

    I decided to not beat up Singleton for a day (-;, he could be a 27

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    • Dan P
      November 18, 2014

      Yeah flip him with Qualls

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      • 1oldpro
        November 18, 2014

        Truly!

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  9. Astro45
    November 18, 2014

    “I picked a hell of a day to quit sniffing glue.” “But what can you make of this?” And of course Beaver’s Mom, June Cleaver as the Jive Talking lady.

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    • Dan P
      November 18, 2014

      “Oh stewardess. I speak jive.”
      “Nervous?” “Yes.” “First time?” “No I’ve been nervous lots of times.”

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  10. BrianT
    November 18, 2014

    MarGo and Villar with the same value? Your process needs to be fixed.

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    • Dan P
      November 18, 2014

      OK – I will change MarGo’s injury number to 6 and he is ahead. Happy?

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      • BrianT
        November 18, 2014

        Somewhat happy.

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  11. Dan P
    November 18, 2014

    And if anyone is looking at all these movie quotes and wonders – what the heck…..
    Please, watch the movie Airplane at your earliest convenience and laugh your McLane off….

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  12. Kevin
    November 18, 2014

    I am so fired up we signed Presley to a one year deal, OH My

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    • Devin_
      November 18, 2014

      Anytime you can lock up a .628 OPS OF and take up a 40 man spot you have to do it…especially when that OF was claimed off waivers the previous off season from the next worst team in the league. JL’s spreadsheet had a big green mark next to his name.

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      • videoidget1
        November 19, 2014

        They’re marking their territory of mediocrity. And the smell…

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    • Dan P
      November 18, 2014

      Well I did have him ranked 37 out of the 38 guys on the 40 man roster. Unless you meant they signed Elvis. Or former All-Star Jim Presley is coming out of retirement….

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      • daveb
        November 18, 2014

        I think it tells us just how much help we can expect for the outfield this off season. I’ve tried not to be my typical cynical self as of late, but these type deals make it tough not to be.

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      • Dan P
        November 18, 2014

        I agree daveb – it tells you he will be one of your 5 OFs and I don’t think that bodes well.

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    • Dan P
      November 18, 2014

      Devin – you can’t hope to stop him – you can only contain him or in this case – retain him…..

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      • Astro45
        November 18, 2014

        Lets hope it is a “sign and trade” deal with perhaps the Durham Bulls.

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      • Dan P
        November 18, 2014

        Oh man – now we will have another set of quotes like how strikeouts are fascist….

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  13. Dan P
    November 18, 2014

    I’m struggling with this one – I know it is not big bucks – $1 million – but he will be 30 next July and never has translated good AAA numbers to good major league numbers except for one 50 game call-up back in 2011. He’s not God awful but he is not good. Not sure what this signals at all.

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    • 1oldpro
      November 18, 2014

      They must like Presley, which makes sense because they haven’t said they like him, they just sign him for a million out of the blue.. Shirley, that fits the way they do things in Astroworld!

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      • Dan P
        November 18, 2014

        Yes and quit calling me Shirley.
        And I miss my Astroworld – a lot of fun memories from my youth.

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    • Devin_
      November 18, 2014

      I’m thinking it is an effort to have five warm bodies in the OF without forcing Santana / Tucker / Aplin into the opening day 25. I see it also as an indictment on LJ How’s…but it also worries me that a trade involving Fowler could be in the works.

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      • Dan P
        November 18, 2014

        Bingo Devin – that is the biggest problematic signal from this move.

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      • daveb
        November 18, 2014

        We should be beyond warm bodies at this point.

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      • Dan P
        November 18, 2014

        We should be weeding out the luke warm and the stone cold….

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      • 1oldpro
        November 18, 2014

        Devin, I typed that this might be a lead up to a Fowler trade but I scrubbed it because there are just too many scenarios out there. so I’ll let it fly now. Maybe they signed Presley because of his leftiness and they have a deal working for Grossman. Maybe somebody wants Aplin so they sign Presley for insurance. Maybe they want to be rid of Fowler’s salary and have a replacement in mind. Maybe they have a trade lined up for a $10mil SS or 3B for Fowler and his $9mil. Maybe the Cubs want Castro for Castro and want Presley, too. Or maybe they want Conger and Grossman and Ober for Castro. Maybe somebody wants Marisnick or Tucker for a third baseman.
        With all the talk by the team about wanting to improve the COF, who knows what they are gonna do? This is a merry-go-round.

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      • Dan P
        November 18, 2014

        I’m getting dizzy reading this old pro – so you are absolutely right – too many options to know right now.

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    • videoidget1
      November 19, 2014

      Not awful? Hmmm, what’s another word for not awful? Set your expectations accordingly, fans…

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      • Dan P
        November 19, 2014

        I can’t judge the whole team yet. If they name Presley a starter then I’ll be hacked.

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  14. Becky
    November 18, 2014

    Note to Jeff Luhnow:
    Did you not learn ANYTHING last year, about pitchers who are on the DL nearly EVERY SINGLE YEAR? I don’t care if Brett Anderson *IS* from Houston……the guy
    has back problems BIG TIME. Don’t go dumpster diving this year….grrrrrrrrrr.

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    • Dan P
      November 18, 2014

      Yeah it looks like the kind of guy who can give you a solid 6 weeks or 2 months and then….it is medic time

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  15. daveb
    November 18, 2014

    I’d rather have switch hitting Joe Sclafani on my roster than Presley as a 5th outfielder. Can his arm be worse? Can Presley play any infield? And I have little doubt that Sclafani can put up a better OBP than the ,299 that Presley has lifetime.

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    • Dan P
      November 18, 2014

      I’m not jazzed by this move

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    • BrianT
      November 18, 2014

      Presley is a rich-man’s version of Hoes. That said, Hoes has options where Presley, I assume, does not.

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      • Dan P
        November 18, 2014

        I wish the Astros had other options.. .

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      • Tim
        November 19, 2014

        I am not even sure if he is better than Hoes. Neither has proven a thing in the majors, but at least Hoes was an OBP machine in the minors. I really don’t get the Presley signing at all.

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      • Dan P
        November 19, 2014

        Presley had very good OPS numbers in the minors. But so did Krauss and Wallace.

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  16. BrianT
    November 18, 2014

    Brett Anderson? Does he come with his own Iron Lung?

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    • Dan P
      November 18, 2014

      How else will they get him here if they don’t bring his Iron Lung?

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      • BrianT
        November 18, 2014

        I just want to make sure we’re not spending extra on an iron lung. $20 million only goes so far.

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      • Dan P
        November 18, 2014

        Brian you are right – instead of doing due diligence on his injury background they will probably do due diligence on the status of his Iron Lung.

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  17. 1oldpro
    November 18, 2014

    An Iron Lung could also be used as a coffin should another injured pitcher get signed and not play.

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    • Dan P
      November 19, 2014

      I would say you were thinking outside the box, but in reality you are thinking inside this box, old pro.

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  18. Becky
    November 19, 2014

    Don’t get too down boys…….help will soon be on the way, because Corpus is *loaded* with talent! I just can’t wait that long! Our next discussion should be who we want Santa to bring us next year, and *NO* coal!

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    • Dan P
      November 19, 2014

      Oops – attached my comment to you Becky below – attached to Astro 45.

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    • 1oldpro
      November 19, 2014

      After peeking at the Fresno roster, I’m inclined to think that several of the guys in CC will actually start the season in Fresno.

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      • Dan P
        November 19, 2014

        Somebody is going to have to fill that roster though some may be 40 man roster folks who don’t make the 25 man

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  19. Astro45
    November 19, 2014

    DanP, what is your numbers rating on Brett Anderson. If JL was leery of Aiken with a potential injury problem, I think he is just trying to get others to bid up Anderson. But with Presley (by your system) being a 21 – who comes off the 40 man at what number IF Anderson comes on with his ?? number. (I promise not ask you to do this for every trade rumor up to and including ST)

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    • Dan P
      November 19, 2014

      Yes the wave of talent that was populating Lancaster last season is mostly up a level. I want some AA to majors promotions if we have the need and the guy is nailing it at CC this season.

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  20. Dan P
    November 19, 2014

    OK – Astro 45 – I would say his recent performance was worth a 3 – good pitching on very few innings. His upside potential as he hits 27 in a few months is 4 (obviously if he could stay healthy he could do more – but no reason to think so). His injury history is a 1 – hurt just about all the time. Team control – well he is a FA – but assuming he signs a 1 year prove it deal – 2. His position value as a 5th starter – let’s say 5. So I am giving him a 15. It could be argued that that is a little low, but holy guacamole batman – he is way below anyone we have on the 40 man – the two Alex’s – White at 20 and Presley at 21.
    1) They don’t have to take anyone off the 40 man – because they only have 38 warm bodies there.
    2) I could see bringing him in as a NRI – but how do you give a spot to a guy who is likely to be broken down by May?
    3) If I had to take any one off the roster it would be White, but even he is not the injury risk of Anderson.

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    • Astro45
      November 19, 2014

      Thanks, Sir. I would take Aiken before Anderson. (Using your patented Dan-O-Graph Rating System). And below adding to Becky’s post. I believe most contending teams would not take a flyer on a Rule 5 prospect. So if the better prospects are still a year away, they should be relatively safe. A pitcher that could be used in the bullpen or as a spot starter might be worth a gamble, but that 25 man is normally ONLY for players – not prospects.

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      • Dan P
        November 19, 2014

        Dan-o-graph reminds me of Stratomatic baseball I played as a kid. It seemed to me all the players had certain numerical ratings and that you would spin and then look on some charts to see the results.
        Maybe I subconsciously remembered that here.

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      • Dan P
        November 19, 2014

        It will be interesting to see who they will expose and protect.

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      • BrianT
        November 19, 2014

        Strat-o-Matic!

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      • Dan P
        November 19, 2014

        Yeah Strat-o-matic was fantasy baseball before there was fantasy baseball.

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  21. Kevin
    November 19, 2014

    HA I see where Baltimore will listen on BUD HA.. We could send them Lyles and Cosart Oh wait!

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    • Dan P
      November 19, 2014

      Bud will not be back – I think I am safe in saying that.

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      • Kevin
        November 19, 2014

        Ya think (-;

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    • Dan P
      November 19, 2014

      It is an interesting question in a way – Norris was a bit of a bulldog – threw too many pitches and did not throw deep enough but usually pitched decently. A one year rental on him would give you a solid 5 starting rotation – but since you would have to trade for him – no way. And that is not even talking about the bit of arson he played on the Bridges of Harris County…

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    • Tim
      November 21, 2014

      Maybe we can offer them Hoes and Danry Vasquez. 🙂

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      • Dan P
        November 21, 2014

        LOL

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  22. Becky
    November 19, 2014

    Norris AND Cosart burned some bridges. Number one rule in sports………keep your mouth shut about your previous team. Some guys never learn that.

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    • Dan P
      November 19, 2014

      And perhaps some of this ties to yapping while still with the same team.
      First amendment rights allow you to say whatever you want however they don’t prevent your employer from sending you packing.

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  23. Becky
    November 19, 2014

    Teams have until 10:59 Central time tomorrow to round out their 40 man roster.
    The Astros currently have 38. It will be interesting tomorrow for sure!

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    • Dan P
      November 19, 2014

      Yeah – will they fill the two spots from outside or within? Will they trade anyone currently on the 40 man like Castro Fowler Peacock?
      Good deadline point Becky.

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      • Devin_
        November 19, 2014

        Don’t forget that Velasquez, DeShields, Torreyes, etc. are not yet on the 40 man. How many of the prospects is JL comfortable leaving unprotected in favor of gambling no one will sign the legendary Krauss or Hoes?

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      • Dan P
        November 19, 2014

        Yeah that was the question we pondered a while back – thought DeShields was a prime candidate to get traded.
        I sure would rather lose Hoes or Krauss than any of the ones you highlighted Devin.

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  24. rj
    November 19, 2014

    seems like they may be delaying while pursuing a trade. wouldn’t be a big surprise if they did some sort of deal where we send more players than come back to us, opening up a couple of more slots to protect people.

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    • Dan P
      November 19, 2014

      Yeah rj – that means they need a trade partner who has room on the 40 man also. Delicate operation.

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      • rj
        November 19, 2014

        maybe we can send presley in a deal lol. i don’t get that signing at all unless something else is in the works. i thought he would be a good non – tender candidate.

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      • Dan P
        November 19, 2014

        It us not like he is awful but I would have more expectations that guys like Villar, Singleton and Grossman (22 – 24 years old) have upside than a 28 yo.
        Maybe another shoe is going to fall but as old pro talks about above there are a lot of possible shoes that could drop…

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  25. rj
    November 19, 2014

    dan a subject that might be fun would be a ‘fearless predictions for 2015’ post. one i’ll throw out there is that villar may very well be your starting shortstop for at least part of the year. i will now run and hide till becky calms down.

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    • Dan P
      November 19, 2014

      Rj – it sounds like your fearless prediction turned pretty fearful in a hurry – lol.
      That sounds like a good theme for a post closer to spring training.

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    • Becky
      November 19, 2014

      rj…………..GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!

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      • Dan P
        November 19, 2014

        Gee rj I’m afraid and she’s not even mad at me.

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  26. 1oldpro
    November 19, 2014

    With the signing of Stanton to a contract today the Marlins went from $8mil in future commitments to $333 mil.

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    • Dan P
      November 20, 2014

      So what are the chances that Stanton opts out after 6 seasons? If he is only about money he won’t; but if any part of him is about winning – he might.

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  27. rj
    November 19, 2014

    that was one crazy signing op. they will be bogged down for years towards the end of that one. sorry becky……..

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    • Dan P
      November 20, 2014

      We’ve already seen how someone as great as Albert Pujols appears to be turning into an insanely expensive liability part of the way into his contract. Bodies break down and 13 seasons is crazy – pure and simple

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      • rj
        November 20, 2014

        agree wholeheartedly

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  28. Becky
    November 20, 2014

    rj…….joke son! Villar has the talent, he just can’t pull his head outta his rear end to use it!!!!!!!
    Dan……I can’t even THINK what was in Loria head doing this. Stanton saw what he did two years ago, by trading ALL those high dollar players, a month after the season started. Stanton told reporters he wouldn’t sign a long term deal BECAUSE of that very thing. DAAAAAANG……I would have some very bad dreams because of the *idiot* who owns the Marlins.

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    • Dan P
      November 20, 2014

      I guess he is thinking that it is not a ridiculous contract for awhile (first 6 years are at approx. $16 million / year) and that after that maybe so much money is pouring in from future TV deals that the approx. $32 million / year will not be a millstone. Pretty big gamble.

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    • rj
      November 20, 2014

      whew! (crawls out from under the bed). lol Yeah Becky i see why you don’t like him, he still plays like he is in jr high school. but i am hoping that he matures this year kinda like carter did – big jump there but i am hoping. also i think its a pretty good bet correa shows up this year or at the beginning of next year at the latest which means we don’t need to be putting our scarce dollars into ss. marwin is there also so there are options. lets get a big bat instead!

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      • Dan P
        November 20, 2014

        Like I wrote a few posts ago – our SS offensive production was pretty good vs. the other teams SSs in the league. I think Marwin, Petit and Villar can bandaid this until Correa shows.

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