The first round of roster cuts for the Astros this Spring Training has been announced.
Spring Training roster cuts are one of life’s certainties. It’s right up there with taxes and death. There is just no way around it.
The Astros are no different than the other 29 major league franchises this time of the year. There are players, for all intents and purposes, who realistically had no chance of making the Opening Day roster. Or the 40-man roster.
The good news is that Spring Training can be used to give these guys a chance to learn from the major league staff. And also watch how the major league players conduct their day-to-day business. Let’s hope that the cuts for the Astros yesterday learn from these lessons.
There are no surprises in this first round of cuts. All of these players were non-roster invitees. So much for Spring Training drama, right?
This may actually be a drama-free Spring Training for the Astros. And that is a far cry from a few years ago when George Springer and Carlos Correa’s debuts were the buzz of the town.
At this point in time, the player that may generate the most debate is A.J. Reed. Even if he doesn’t make the major league roster he will likely be one of the last cuts. He may even make the major league roster if his torrid start to Spring Training holds up in the coming weeks.
The Astros roster is likely decided for the most part anyway. Outside of a handful of jobs, the main roster spots are already spoken for today. One benefit for the younger players is their increased playing time as there are currently eight Astros playing in the World Baseball Classic.
The Astros now have 54 players in total at major league camp. More cuts are coming soon. Stay tuned.