All Things Astros and a whole lot more
When the Houston Astros set their opening day 25-man roster last season, no player would be making their major league debut on that roster. This was extremely unusual for a team that was the youngest in the majors last season.
Truth to tell there were eight players on that roster, however, who had never been on a major league roster on opening day before: Kevin Chapman, Jarred Cosart, L.J. Hoes, Marc Krauss, Robbie Grossman, Dallas Keuchel, Brett Oberholtzer and Jonathan Villar. Six of those gentlemen had debuted during the 2013 season, while Hoes and Keuchel had debuted in 2012.
There is a real chance that the Houston Astros 2015 Opening Day roster will again not have anyone making their major league debut. A quick look at the spring training roster and performance and the two best bets to make the team out of spring training would be starter Asher Wojciechowski and reliever James Hoyt. Wojo, picked up in 2012 from Toronto in the J.A. Happ megatrade is making a good showing in the battle for the fifth starter’s spot, while Hoyt, picked up this off-season with Evan Gattis from the Braves has shown well out of the pen. Both might lose out to veterans, who are not out-performing them, but they both still have a shot.
Last season the Astros did have eight players debut during the season: George Springer, Jon Singleton, Michael Foltynewicz, Nick Tropeano, Jake Buchanan, Enrique Hernandez, Domingo Santana and Rudy Owens. In a side note, it is interesting that four of the eight are already gone with Folty, Tropeano and Hernandez traded away and Owens released. Of the remaining four, Springer and Singleton are the ones who will likely be on the opening day roster.
In the end with a lot of the money manipulation going on and the teams delaying the starting of the player’s “clocks”, this seems like the new way of doing business.