Astros Spring Training Stock Watch: Week 1

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Mar 9, 2015; Dunedin, FL, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher

Collin McHugh

(31) pitches during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Dishonorable Mentions

Marwin Gonzalez isn’t doing too well at the plate, but there isn’t really anybody else stepping up in the infield side of things to take his job away.

Alex Presley is batting in the .200’s which isn’t something to worry about through one week, but he has Grossman and Marisnick hot on his heels. While the Astros probably won’t part ways with Rasmus after a bad spring, the Astros very well could move on from Presley, even after giving him a little bit of money.

The March 8th Split Squad game against the Braves: The team was no-hit through ten innings at home. I know I’m not the only one who is happy it was just a Spring Training game.

Final Thoughts

It is way too early to really look at the statistics, but the first round of cuts are expected this week. With that being said, you don’t want to see your stock fall too far as a player if you had an uneventful first week. And if you saw your stock rise, you want to ride that momentum towards landing a roster spot.

I didn’t mention Jose Altuve or Chris Carter under the “dishonorable mentions” as it’s too way too early to worry about players like them having a quiet week. But seeing Collin McHugh in mid-season form is pretty great to see, huh? Enjoy Spring Training, and I’ll be back with the Week 2 Stock Watch next week.

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