Starter #4: Joe Musgrove
If there was one pitcher that everyone seem to be universally rooting for in Astros Spring Training, it had to be Joe Musgrove.
While the Astros juggled Collin McHugh‘s workload, this allowed Musgrove another chance to prove himself to the team’s brass. Sure, he impressed in limited innings last year (4.37 ERA/4.48 FIP in 57.2 innings pitched), but a solid Spring Training was needed to cement his spot in the rotation. And Musgrove once again proved himself with a 2.25 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched in Florida.
The Astros will be counting on the 24-year old quite a bit, especially in the early going. As McHugh works his way back into the rotation, Musgrove will have an opportunity to make sure he remains once the veteran returns.