Feb 26, 2015; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Houston Astros infielder Colin Moran poses for a picture during photo day at Osceola County Stadium Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Who’s Not: Colin Moran
If there’s anyone in the Astros organization that I’m comfortable with not having a productive season so far, it’s Colin Moran. Moran plays every day at third base for the Hooks, and right now the Astros have a pretty solid third baseman playing in Luis Valbuena. As high-profile a prospect as Moran is, he’s not needed at the moment in Houston. I think he’ll be a consistent producer in the future for the Astros, but we don’t need him in 2015.
Right now, Moran has a .200 batting average, 0 home runs, and only 3 walks to 11 strikeouts. A positive so far is that he has five doubles and 7 RBIs, meaning that he knows how to drive the ball to the gaps and get extra base hits, which is always welcomed by any club. Moran has also played well in the field so far this season, with 0 errors and some excellent durability. He has started all 13 games for the Hooks thus far (only him and Tony Kemp have played in all 13 games).
I don’t see Colin Moran wearing an Astros uniform at all in 2015, as he still has Matt Dominguez and Luis Valbuena in front of him. Carlos Correa could also have a lot to do with his progression. If the Astros trade Valbuena around the deadline for a starting pitcher, which is something I could see happening, and then Jed Lowrie would probably move to third base. Maybe the Astros would bring up Dominguez as insurance.
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