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 relief pitcher Luke Gregerson (44) throws during spring training workouts at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

Opening Day Bullpen

Like the starting rotation, the bullpen isn’t difficult to figure out for this most part. Ken Giles, Luke Gregerson, and Will Harris are a terrific trifecta at the backend. Odds are that Devenski will end up in the bullpen. Michael Feliz will likely make the roster as well. Tony Sipp by the virtue of his contract will likely make the roster. So that’s six relievers right there.

I personally think Fiers will be the long relief pitcher to start the season. Use Feldman as a comparable example of usage.

I would be surprised if the Astris don’t carry a second lefty in the ‘pen. Sipp was a terrific option in 2014 and 2015, but his 2016 season was not a pleasant one to watch unfold. For that reason, I think one of the following will make the roster: Kevin Chapman, Reymin Guaduan, and Ashur Tollivar.

Also pay attention to Rodgers, James Hoyt, and David Paulino. There’s a small chance that one of them could make the roster. And don’t forget that injuries will eventually happen. It’s just a matter of time.

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