Sep 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis (24) hits a game winning home run at Marlins Ballpark. The Brave won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
Thus far I have Springer in right and Marisnick in center. Obviously Rasmus is going to make the team, and I’d like to see the Astros play him in left field, for the same reason I want Springer in right: health. A healthy Rasmus is a productive Rasmus, and playing the corners should keep both players stay healthier.
Brian del Castillo
Left field will be a bit more of a revolving door. Gattis will likely see the lion’s share of the time there, but Chris Carter will also be able to man that position from time to time. The luxury with those two sluggers is that you can use them at the DH or even first base if Singleton falters. Marisnick should get the chance to be the 4th OF. Grossman and Presley have a better shot to fill the depth positions while I think L.J. Hoes will not make the team.
Brandon del Castillo
Gattis will play a slight majority in LF, with Marisnick coming in to play defense and allowing him to play days at 1B and DH.
Rasmus in left, with Robbie Grossman being the fourth outfielder.
Rasmus will be the left fielder, instead of Gattis, who presents a defensive liability.
I’m taking a different stance on left field. It’s going to be a platoon, with Gattis in home games, and Alex Presley and Grossman being the backup outfielders. Marisnick should be the starting center fielder in Triple-A, waiting in the wings for when Rasmus fails or when the Gattis/Grossman platoon proves to be inefficient. L.J. Hoes and Domingo Santana are fighting for backup roles, but again with Presley and Rasmus guaranteed money, the trio of Hoes, Santana and Marisnick will be limited to starting in Fresno.
Gattis is the main guy in left field, with Chris Carter also receiving some time when he’s not the designated hitter. Presley will be on the bench as the only reserve outfielder. It makes more sense for Marisnick to get every day playing time in Triple-A, and the same goes for Grossman.
As you can tell, we’ve done an excellent job of clearing up who will be in the Astros starting outfield on opening day. Between all of us, the only player not on the roster at some point is Santana. Sorry, Domingo.
There will be positional battles occurring every day in Kissimmee, and we’ll keep you updated on how each player, not just in the outfield, is doing.
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