Mar 8, 2015; Lakeland, FL, USA; Houston Astros right fielderGeorge Springer
(4) runs to the dugout between innings against the Detroit Tigers at a spring training baseball game at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The defense should get a boost this year by adding Luis Valbuena, Colby Rasmus, and Jed Lowrie at their respective positions. However, new Astros slugger Evan Gattis could be a defensive liability in left field. The best defensive outfield lineup would be George Springer, Jake Marisnick, and Colby Rasmus. That would be the best option for the Astros, but unfortunately they have to fit Chris Carter, Evan Gattis, and Jon Singleton into two positions.
Singleton has shown some lapse in concentration at times playing first base, so errors could be an concern for him. Even though Chris Carter has received playing time at first base this spring, I don’t see that the Astros are confident with him at first base. While the Astros have improved certain aspects of the defense, other positions might be a liability.
I would give the Astros defense a B –