All Things Astros and a whole lot more
For the first time in years, the Astros appear to have a surplus in starting pitching. And the list doesn’t include borderline names like Brad Peacock, Sam Deduno, Dan Straily, Jake Buchanan, Lucas Harrell, Paul Clemens or Philip Humber.
But what to do with this Mike Fiers guy?
The future stars and nucleus.
Three years ago, everyone was looking for another player or two to build around Jose Altuve. Frankly, he was it. Now, there are at least half a dozen players on the current roster who are or might become build around types. Altuve is still a key piece, but he is no longer the key piece to the puzzle. Even a year or ago, the nucleus had to be considered as future. Now, you can argue, much of the nucleus has been assembled at Minute Maid Park. Sure, other pieces will be added — perhaps soon even — but there are at least four players on the current roster who deserve “build around” status. And, there are a few others who fit the first round around the nucleus.
Here are the nucleus players who are likely to be part of the organization into the next decade and who would star on any team.
First ring players.
Would you add any other players to either of those groups? Using my logic from a few years ago, if the Astros can add a player or two every year to either join or surround that nucleus, they will be World Series potential contenders for the next decade.
Let’s do a little name association. I’ll list a name and you give the thing that comes to your mind in one short sentence or less.