Houston Astros Spring Training Battles: First Base
What is there to say about A.J. Reed that has not been said already? The reigning MiLB Player of the Year and number one 1B prospect in all of baseball has a chance to win the starting 1B job out of Spring Training. But even if he goes on a Kris Bryant-like tear this spring, it would be a surprise to see Reed before the Super Two date in June. Some combination of Singleton, White, and Duffy will keep the seat warm for Reed. It won’t be Carlos Correa-level, but expect a sizable boost to the team when Reed is eventually called up this summer.
The position is Singleton’s to lose. Another left-handed power bat is certainly welcome in this lineup, and if he struggles substantially, the Astros have plenty of other in-house options. Expect a shorter leash and a possible platoon until the organization decides to jump headfirst into the A.J. Reed era.
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You’ll just have to wait until the Super Two date in June.