2016 Outfield and Designated Hitter (2015 Stats)
LF- Colby Rasmus (25 HR, 61 RBI, .238 BA, .789 OPS)
Preston Tucker (13 HR, 33 RBI, .243 BA, .734 OPS)
CF- Carlos Gomez (12 HR, 56 RBI, .255 BA, .724 OPS)
Jake Marisnick (9 HR, 36 RBI, .236 BA, .665 OPS)
RF- George Springer (16 HR, 41 RBI, .276 BA, .826 OPS)
DH- Evan Gattis (27 HR, 88 RBI, .246 BA, .748 OPS)
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The potential for offensive production in the outfield and at DH is plentiful. With Rasmus, Gomez, Springer, and Gattis in the middle of the lineup, runs should not be an issue. The issue with these guys is staying on the field. Springer only played in 102 games last season. When he was on the field, he was a great asset both defensively and offensively.
If Springer stays healthy and Gomez can go back to his All-Star ways when he hit over 20 home runs with a .284 average in 2013 and 2014, this outfield should be the most stable part of the offense outside Altuve and Correa. The question is how many outfielders are they actually going to keep on the active roster? With his job in jeopardy, Tucker will have to show the Astros in spring training that he deserves a spot based on his offensive ability.
A.J Hinch has a lot of choices to make before we hear “play ball” on April 4th at Yankee Stadium. However, the potential for this team seems to be higher than ever before.
**Stats from Baseball-Reference**