2016 Infield (2015 Stats)
C- Jason Castro (11 HR, 31 RBI, .211 BA, .648 OPS)
Max Stassi (1 HR, 2 RBI, .400 BA, 1.308 OPS)
1B- Jon Singleton (1 HR, 6 RBI, .191 BA, .625 OPS)
2B- Jose Altuve (15 HR, 66 RBI, .313 BA, .812 OPS)
SS- Carlos Correa (22 HR, 68 RBI, .278 BA, .857 OPS)
Marwin Gonzalez (12 HR, 34 RBI, .279 BA, .759 OPS)
3B- Luis Valbuena (25 HR, 56 RBI, .224 BA, .748 OPS)
Matt Duffy (0 HR, 3 RBI, .375 BA, .944 OPS)
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The infield for 2016 holds the offensive core of this team in Correa and Altuve. Both of these guys projected to be in the top half of the lineup on Opening Day. This shows how important offensive production is for these two players. Correa has a lot to live up to in 2016. The 2015 AL Rookie of the Year led AL shortstops in home runs and OPS when he played only 99 games. Correa has a lot of expectations from fans for his first full season as a big leaguer. It also holds the big question marks offensively at first base and third base. There are answers to these questions in the minors.
However, the Astros will most likely start 2016 with the home run hitting and low batting average hitting Singleton and Valbuena. However, the answers are already starting to come up. For example, Matt Duffy, who had only nine plate appearances for the Astros last season, absolutely dominated in AAA Fresno hitting 20 home runs and driving in 104 RBIs with an OPS of .850.
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