There are several options on the 40-man roster.
The section gave me the most shock because they start throwing all the names out who can help the Astros just as good as Reed can. Luhnow said, “I think (Colin) Moran’s ready, I think (Jon) Singleton can help us out, and I think Reed can.” Not only is Reed fighting people on the Astros 25-man roster, but he is also fighting his teammates in Fresno as well for the job. Verdejo also mentioned that Preston Tucker or White could be options too for the Astros. Most Astros fans tend to forget about Colin Moran.
The name that probably surprises you the most is Jon Singleton, whom some say will never put on an Astros uniform again. However, how many first base/designated hitters can you have on the roster in Triple-A and everyone get playing time? They have Singleton, Reed, White, all fighting for two spots in the lineup. Wouldn’t that disrupt their development by losing playing time?
Valid reason? The odd man out there would probably be Singelton, so are we giving up on him? They still see potential in White and Tucker, need to get Reed ready, but what about Singleton? White has to stay down for a few games anyway and rediscover his swing that he got off to such a hot start with, so bring up Reed or Singleton to clear the logjam.
I still believe that we need to Let The A.J. Reed Watch Begin with His Play in Fresno, but it doesn’t sound like it will be this week. I think the Astros would call up Reed in a low-stress road series where there won’t be too much pressure on him from the home crowd to be the answer at first.
Maybe starting off versus the Royals at their home won’t be the ideal situation, but maybe next week when we play in Anaheim? Reed needs to be up now or soon because we need to see what he can do before we trade for a bat at the trade deadline.
***Stats from MLB.com and the Quotes from Angel Verdejo’s article linked***