The Houston Astros currently have a platoon of Luis Valbuena and Jed Lowrie covering third base for the 2015 season. However, neither of these players are in the plans for the long term solutions for the Astros. Lowrie is in the first year of a three-year deal that will expire following the 2017 season. Contrary to Lowrie’s contract, Valbuena’s last year of arbitration will be the 2016 season. The Astros need to have options for third base for the 2018 season and beyond, so who do we have on-deck in the minors?
For round two of this three-part series, we will start looking at those players who have the best shot of being the number one guy at third base. Last week we looked at Tyler White and Colin Moran. While there are options for third base, we will just focus on these four for right now. Following this post, there will be a spot for fans to vote for their favorite third baseman of the future of the two from today. The same procedure for round three, where we will match the winners of round one versus round two.
For round two, we will match up Lancaster JetHawks’ J.D. Davis and Quad Cities River Bandits’ Alex Bregman. At first glance, the bigger name is Bregman because he was the second overall pick in 2015 by the Astros. However, will he be able to play third base with the presence of Carlos Correa in the near future. We will talk more about the position change later, but let’s compare the two players.
Next: J.D. Davis