Chris Snyder was brought to Houston to provide an offensive spark and so far during spring training he has done just that. Chris would lead the way with his second spring homer as the Stros knocked off the Mets 4-1. Brad Snyder would also play longball, connecting for his first homer driving in Chris in the second inning. Brad, a non-roster invitee, helped his cause in the battle for the 4th and 5th OF spots. Wandy Rodriguez would lead the pitching staff with 3 nearly flawless innings. Wandy had some early injury concerns this spring but seemed more than fine Tuesday.
Chris Snyder is making a strong push to win one of the catching spots and could be the favorite to start on opening day. With Humberto Quintero still out and possibly for a longer period of time, Chris has a chance to claim a stranglehold on the spot. Brad Snyder had a big day which was much needed in the hotly contested race for an extra outfield spot. Fernando Martinez started off hot this spring but has since cooled and Jason Bourgeois has had a nice stroke early in camp. Any hot streaks could play huge as it could be the difference between a spot in Houston or Oklahoma City. Aneury Rodriguez pitched two scoreless, hitless, innings as he makes a push for a spot on the pitching staff. Unlike last season, he could be sent down to AAA if need be without fear of being returned to Tampa Bay.
Competition was suppose to be the name of the game during spring training and so far, it has. A ton of spots are still up for grabs and players like Brad Snyder and Aneury Rodriguez must take advantage of every opportunity presented. Tomorrow, Bud Norris makes his spring debut against the Phillies hoping to build off a strong 2011 season.