All Things Astros and a whole lot more
The Astros have gotten off to a strong 6-2 start in games that don’t matter and so far in the 2016 Spring Training season they have utilized 33 position players and a whopping 29 pitchers. That is great, except for the probability that the team will break camp with 13 position players and 12 pitchers.
A good way to look at this mass of humanity is to break the players down into 4 categories, Locks, FFAS (Fighting for a Spot), FTBFMU (Fighting to be first man-up), WTNY (Wait ‘Til Next Year) and JBs (Just Bodies). Just for clarity, the assumptions are that Evan Gattis will start the season on the DL and no one else is injured between now and then.
* It could be argued that only 2 of these 3 will make the team, but the assertion here is that if healthy all 3 of these pitchers will be on the team in the 4th, 5th and swing spots for the staff.
FFAS (Fighting For a Spot) – There are 5 spots left – 1B, DH (if Gattis is not ready), backup C and two more bench players – most likely an IF and an OF. If the team does not enter the season with the 6 SPs mentioned above either by injury or trade, there could be room for a LOOGY.
FTBFMU (Fighting to Be First Man Up) – Players with major league experience or minor leaguers who are on the cusp of getting called up.
WTNY (Wait ‘Til Next Year) – Players who likely require a little more seasoning at a higher minor league level, though Correa, Tucker and McCullers may have shown that the organization will do what it needs to do with preemptive promotions.
JB (Just Bodies) – Folks with MLB experience who are not going to make the team and not likely to be the first men up.
For the readers….