All Things Astros and a whole lot more
After so few starting pitching options last off-season — remember Roberto Hernandez and Asher Wojciechowski starting the season (temporarily) in the rotation? — 2016 appears to be a season of almost too many options.
Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Lance McCullers Jr., Vincent Velasquez, Scott Feldman, Scott Kazmir, Mike Fiers, Brett Oberholtzer, Dan Straily, Asher W., Brad Peacock and Sam Deduno have all started games for the Astros this season and are on the 40-man roster or the disabled list.
There are various arguments for minor leaguers like Mark Appel, Mike Hauschild, Luis Cruz, Joseph Musgrove, Michael Feliz (yes he has been in the bullpen for the big club) and Chris Devenski who could have a shot at making the rotation.
There are nearly as many options as there are decisions ahead. Here are just a few of the challenging questions to be answered by Jeff Luhnow and his minions.
The plus side is that they have choices. The negative side is that some of these guys will definitely not be in the organization next spring.