There is a makeover afoot at Minute Maid Park.
Some of this is due to injuries/illness (Luis Valbuena, Luke Gregerson, Colby Rasmus, Lance McCullers Jr and now Preston Tucker). Some is due to parting of the ways (Carlos Gomez). Some is due to paternity leaves (Doug Fister, Ken Giles). A trade (Scott Feldman) is another component.
Any way you look at it, the last month or so has led to a huge infusion of younger folks (except for Hoyt) to the team. Alex Bregman, Joe Musgrove, James Hoyt, Jandel Gustave and now Teoscar Hernandez have made their major league debuts. A.J. Reed, Tyler White, Preston Tucker and Tony Kemp have all been re-called to the majors.
Cuban Yulieski Gurriel is likely to join the team soon as a 32-year-old rookie who makes the 29-year-old Hoyt look quite youthful in comparison.
For a team that moved up George Springer at a snail’s pace and delayed the promotion of Carlos Correa for purely financial reasons, the organization has suddenly been moving prospects up to the big club in a relative tidal wave of internal movement.
While it is likely that not all these youngsters will be stars or even regular contributors down the way there can be no doubt that the front office wants to know what it has from these internal sources. It is pretty easy to close your eyes and picture a whole lineup of players plus pitchers who have never played for another major league organization.
- LF Kemp
- 3B Bregman
- 2B Jose Altuve
- SS Carlos Correa
- CF Springer
- 1B Reed
- DH Gurriel
- RF Hernandez
- C Jason Castro
- SP Joe Musgrove, Dallas Keuchel, McCullers
- RP Hoyt, Gustave
Is it possible that after trying to fill in the young core with veterans from the outside, that the front office has turned to Plan B this season? Is it possible that this Plan B could also work to the Astros’ advantage if….these youngsters bring them something they are not getting from the veterans (like good batting averages and OBPs)?
- Are you excited about this shift in the philosophy?
- Do you think this will help the Astros in 2016? 2017?
- Who do you think will actually be with the team long-term as a contributor?
- How much of this changes back when the injuries and paternity leaves are complete?