Projecting the Astros Opening Day Roster

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Feb 15, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch (top) speaks with pitchers and catchers during spring training workouts at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 15, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch (top) speaks with pitchers and catchers during spring training workouts at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 15, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann (16) looks on during spring training workouts at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 15, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann (16) looks on during spring training workouts at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

Opening Day Infield

Barring an injury, the Astros infield is pretty much set for Opening Day.

Jose Altuve will man second base. Carlos Correa, minus his wisdom teeth, will be pencilled in as the starting shortstop. Alex Bregman completes the left side of the infield at third base. First base will likely be Yulieski Gurriel’s job. Super utility man, Marwin Gonzalez, will be the team’s primary infielder off the bench. Then you have the wonder twins, Brian McCann and Evan Gattis, as the Astros’ catchers.

This infield configuration should come to no surprise. Also don’t forget the versatility as Bregman, Gonzalez, and Gurriel can play at least two positions in the infield.

Pay attention to A.J. Reed, Reid Brignac, Colin Moran, and Tyler White though. They are capable of making the Opening Day roster, especially if injuries become a factor.

Of those four, Reed could force his way into playing time at first base with a strong showing at West Palm Beach. Gurriel is getting paid handsomely so it is easy to predict him to earn the job. But that idea isn’t set in stone. Nor should it be.

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