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Spring Training: Young Astros Heating Up

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Mar 10, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Joe Musgrove (59) delivers a pitch against the New York Mets during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 10, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Joe Musgrove (59) delivers a pitch against the New York Mets during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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Warming up…

Feb 15, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Jandel Gustave (61) throws 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 relief pitcher Jandel Gustave (61) throws during spring training workouts at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

Two 24-year-old Astros relievers are making their case for the opening day roster. Jandel Gustave and Reymin Guduan are both off to terrific spring starts. Gustave, who made his MLB debut last season, is battling James Hoyt for the final bullpen spot. He has pitched four scoreless innings thus far, and features a mid-high 90’s fastball and a power slider.

The southpaw Guduan has allowed one earned run in four innings of work. While he has struck out five, he has also given up five hits and walked two.  Guduan is another power arm reliever, and his main area of concern has been control. Being a lefty could help Guduan’s case to make the club at some point this season, as it appears veteran Tony Sipp is still struggling.

Hoyt has pitched two scoreless frames this spring, and the decision between him and Gustave could be the toughest decision to make for Astros management.

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