Houston Astros: My Projected Opening Day 25-Man Roster
By Eric Huysman
Designated Hitter and Outfield
10.) Starter: George Springer
Backup: Jake Marisnick
11.) Starter: Carlos Gomez
12.) Backup: Jake Marisnick
13.) Starter: Colby Rasmus
This is the most obvious section of this post, and the Astros are locked into one of the best outfields in baseball. They have four center fielders playing regularly all over the outfield. Springer is the best of the group, and he still has not played a full season with injuries in his first two seasons. All Astros fans are eager to see what he can do in a full season, and the team will succeed when he is in the lineup more often.
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Gomez is the real unknown, will he be the All-Star from before 2015 or the player that struggled last season? The ability is still there, and he will be playing for a contract for 2017 and beyond. If he can tap into the player, he was in his All-Star years, and this team could go all the way with the talent on this team. Rasmus finally felt welcomed and comfortable with a team during the stretch run, which in turn led to his success in the playoffs. This spring has shown that the Astros cleanup hitter could drive in plenty of runs this year.
Rasmus finally felt welcomed and comfortable with a team during the stretch run, which in turn led to his success in the playoffs. This spring has shown that the Astros cleanup hitter could drive in plenty of runs this year.
Marisnick will make a big impact on the 2016 Astros, but he and Tucker are auditioning for the 2017 Astros outfield. Both of them have shown promise but need to become more consistent overall. Speaking of Tucker, he will get the first shot at the DH position, at least until Gattis returns. Tucker’s play will help decide whether he stays on the team when Gattis returns.
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