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Astros Spring: The Position Battle No One Is Talking About

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Aug 19, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Minnesota Twins catcher Juan Centeno (37) drives in a run with a double against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 19, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Minnesota Twins catcher Juan Centeno (37) drives in a run with a double against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 15, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann (16) catches during spring training workouts at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

The 2017 roster for the Astros is already pretty much set going into spring training. However, there are very few spots open for competition like first base.

There is another Astros position battle going on this spring that isn’t necessarily for a roster spot.  And that is the third catcher spot.

Brian McCann will be the starter and with Evan Gattis looking to be the backup catcher. Both players will also receive some at-bats as the DH. The two guys competing for the third spot is former top prospect Max Stassi and newcomer Juan Centeno. The dark horse for the job could be Garrett Stubbs, a current prospect that is already on the 40-man roster.

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