Astros: Three Roster Bubble Questions for the ALCS

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HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 03: Tyler White #13 of the Houston Astros singles in the eighth inning against the New York Mets at Minute Maid Park on September 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Tyler White

Another position player the Astros’ roster bubble for the ALCS. Call me surprised. If you couldn’t tell, I was using sarcasm. I’m afraid it doesn’t translate well in a blog post.

Tyler White was the backup infielder for the Astros’ ALDS roster. Unless I’m mistaken, White did not appear in any game in that series. No surprise there.

Like Fisher, White’s spot on the team for the ALCS is in a precarious spot. The Astros are likely to carry twelve pitchers and this means a position player has to lose a roster spot. Unfortunately for White, the Astros have infield flexibility.

Gonzalez, for example, offers valuable flexibility in the outfield and infield. Yuli Gurriel can play first and third base. Alex Bregman can play third base and shortstop. For White, this means a rather low chance of action. But if he does, his bat and infield versatility could be an asset. Pay attention to how many catchers the Astros carry. Juan Centeno could be the odd man out instead if Houston chooses to roll with just Brian McCann and Evan Gattis. Bold strategy.

In limited time this season for the Astros, White actually produced well – 126 wRC+ in 67 PA – albeit limited opportunities. His bat could be a positive. However, he is still unlikely to make much of an impact in the ALCS, barring injury.

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Like I stated previously, the Astros’ ALCS roster is likely close to decided. Twelve pitchers will most likely be carried. That means one less position player. White and Fisher stand out. And don’t forget about Centeno. McHugh will likely be added as his ability to throw quality innings can’t be overlooked.

**Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs**