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Astros: Have Plans Changed With A.J. Reed?

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Mar 11, 2016; Kissimmee, FL, USA;Houston Astros first baseman A.J. Reed (80) hits a double to right center in the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2016; Kissimmee, FL, USA;Houston Astros first baseman A.J. Reed (80) hits a double to right center in the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /
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Give Danny Worth and extended look.

Jun 19, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Danny Worth (26) celebrates with manager A.J. Hinch (14) after scoring a run during the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 19, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Danny Worth (26) celebrates with manager A.J. Hinch (14) after scoring a run during the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

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Luhnow (Via Verdejo) said, “we’re going to give Danny an extended look up here.” This is a strong statement by Luhnow because Worth wasn’t thought of as much of an asset coming into the season, now he is blocking Reed? He was mostly considered as a depth acquisition, but he earned his promotion with his strong play in the minors like I wrote about here, Astros Are Making a Move, Danny Worth to Join Club.

How will calling up Reed affect Worth’s playing time? The Astros will look to keep Valbuena in the lineup, which would take a little playing time away from Worth if Reed is at first and Valbuena is at third base? Worth has not done anything special, and he’s hitting .222 with two doubles and an OPS of .556, which is lower than his career MLB OPS of .586. How long will Worth last hitting like he has, nothing special?

Valid Reason? No, he just depth and should not block your stud prospect. If he was hitting well with the Astros, I might change my mind, but I’d rather have Reed on the team.

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