Ranking the Astros’ roster from 1 through 25
The Astros may or may not be done forming the team that will compete in the 2017 season, but today’s exercise will be to rank the top 25 Astros currently on the roster. Rank them how? That is up to you. This post ranks the players with a mixture of last year’s results, career results and how much each particular player may bring to the table over who the Astros used last year in that spot. Note: there will be some assumptions on who actually will fill out the 25-man roster.
Here is my shot at these rankings:
- Jose Altuve. There were thoughts Correa would take the top spot from him. Not yet.
- Carlos Correa. He had a “disappointing” year that most 21 year olds would kill for.
- Lance McCullers Jr. When he pitched he was the best starter. The when and how much is the question with Lance.
- George Springer. He is a 5 tool guy who finally gets to play in his natural position.
- Dallas Keuchel. The most critical cog in the rotation – will he be 2015 or 2016 Keuchel?
- Carlos Beltran. Love to picture this bat coming up with guys all over the bases.
- Ken Giles. He was a hot mess at the beginning of the year, but thrived for the last 2/3 of the season.
- Josh Reddick. A good fielding, good hitting left handed corner OF – sit him against leftys and he can be super effective.
- Chris Devenski. The question is – can he take his long reliever excellence to the starting rotation….and will he be even asked to do that.
- Brian McCann. A big lefty bat and solid guy behind the plate is a great fit for this team
- Collin McHugh. He has fallen off some the last two seasons, but is still an important innings eater for the club.
- Evan Gattis. How much will he provide the Astros if he is just the back up catcher and not DH’ing that often?
- Alex Bregman. He could vault high on this list, but he does not need to do that.
- Will Harris. High value reliever, who can get leftys and rightys out.
- Charlie Morton. Have to assume that he is being brought in to start the season in the rotation. Can he hold that spot?
- Yulieski Gurriel. In his second go around at the majors and without a long layoff will he look more like the professional hitter they signed from Cuba?
- Luke Gregerson. Luke has been a solid performer since they picked him up two seasons ago and can fill the closer’s role in a pinch.
- Nori Aoki. With the possibility of a power house lineup around him, a guy with a high OBP and little power might be a solid table setter whether in the #9 spot or the #2 spot.
- Mike Fiers. Is he the 5th starter or the long reliever or trade bait?
- Tony Sipp. Tony was a very good lefty reliever for the Astros until he wasn’t. Who will show up this season?
- Marwin Gonzalez. It is just a guess that Marwin will be used much more strategically now that the Astros have many more major leaguers in the starting lineup.
- Joseph Musgrove. If Joe is not in the starting rotation he may well start the season at AAA with his phone number on Jeff Luhnow’s speed dial. Maybe this spot is Brad Peacock, or Ashur Tolliver or Jandel Gustave.
- Michael Feliz. A big arm that can pitch multiple innings….maybe he needs to be moved up.
- James Hoyt. This is one of those last spots on the roster – this is just a good guess.
- Teoscar Hernandez. Whether this is Teoscar or Jake Marisnick or Tyler White or Preston Tucker – this will be a spot for an extra bat and glove off the bench.
- Do you agree with who is on my 25-man roster?
- Do you agree with how they are ranked?
- How would you rank them and what is your explanation?