#8: Give an unlikely person a chance
Colin Moran at bat – Photo Credit to Tammy Tucker @HooksFanTammy
Such as Colin Moran
By: Colin Gay
As we look back to the 2015 season and look ahead to the 2016 season, there are some positions on this Astros club that need to be upgraded. With third base and first base on the top of the priority list, Luhnow, and the front office could go elsewhere and sign or trade for another piece until they find a fit. However, to find the fit at third base especially, the Astros should use this New Years’ resolution: they need to look and find the answer within their organization even if it may be an unlikely candidate.
The answer for third base is already in front of them. Colin Moran, the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft and the centerpiece of the trade that sent Jared Cosart to the Marlins, was called up to Triple-A Fresno late last season and should be in the hunt for the starting job come this spring. The contact-happy Moran has consistently hit in the .290-.300 range with a high on-base percentage, which would be a change from the low average power happy third baseman of the past. If Moran fixes his strikeout totals, he should be a fixture at the top of the Astros lineup for a long time.
Even though Moran might not be as big of a name an Astros fan wants to hear in the Opening Day lineup, but he would be the best option to provide stability at a currently unstable position.
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