Astros: 4 Rookie hitters who will have big roles in 2017
Here are four Astros rookies who could have a big say on the 2017 season.
With the position players reporting to camp, there are not many positions open this Spring in the Astros batting order. This offseason, the team has added some veteran depth in Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, Josh Reddick, and Nori Aoki. The Astros believed that they could win with young players and a few veteran players. This year, they have changed their thinking a little.
The Astros have the youngish core of four hitters who will be the staple of this lineup for many years. In order of their age, George Springer, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, and Carlos Correa. You might be surprised that Bregman is older than Correa, who has one and half seasons of MLB experience. Bregman went to college and Correa was drafted out of high school.
Astros fans are beginning to call them the ABC’s. Which is appropriate considering that they are the beginning of a dynasty. They will need a little help from their friends though to be competitive. The veteran guys they added will help, but who are the Plan B’s if someone goes down with an injury in 2017.
Tyler White might come to mind, but he is not exactly a rookie anymore surpassing the 130 at-bats in 2016. He will have a role on this team at some point this season. A few names that did not make the list below are Teoscar Hernandez and Jon Kemmer. They will get some at-bats with Houston this year.
Who are the four rookies that could have a significant impact in 2017?