Projecting the Astros Opening Day Roster
By Cody Poage
Opening Day Outfield
Unlike the infield, the outfield isn’t quite as crystal clear to project.
Obviously George Springer is going to play in the outfield and most likely center field. Carlos Beltran will get some playing time in left field when he isn’t the designated hitter. Josh Reddick will handle right field duties. Nori Aoki will be one of presumably two outfielders on the bench.
The last outfield spot remaining will likely come down between Jake Marisnick and Preston Tucker. And at this point, Marisnick probably has the inside track to make the Opening Day roster. His defensive prowess, versatility, and base running abilities likely edge out Tucker.
Of course, there is still plenty to like about with Tucker. When he is healthy and his bat is on, the former Florida Gator can provide a spark off the bench. However, the Astros already have plenty of offensive weapons at their disposal. My guess is that they value Marisnick’s glove slightly more than Tucker’s offense at this point in time.