The Astros are starting to get closer to the projected 25-man roster.
While the only real position battle is the one for first base, players are looking to be the next man up. How they perform this spring could lead to callup this season when needed by the Astros. With that being said, four players were sent to MiLB camp.
One of the big battles this spring has been players battling Tony Sipp for the left-handed reliever spot. While Sipp was the incumbent and highest paid option, the Astros brought in other options. They brought in Cionel Perez, Buddy Boshers, and Reymin Guduan to add competition to Sipp.
Is the battle over?
It would appear that Sipp has won the battle. Perez had already been optioned down to minor league camp, but two more have joined him. According to Brian McTaggart, Guduan and Boshers were optioned to the minors. This leaves Sipp as the last guy standing.
Boshers was a waiver claim this offseason and had a 2.08 ERA this spring with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Guduan had a 1.08 ERA with six strikeouts in five innings. While neither performed poorly, the Astros will see what they in Sipp first. There are $6 million reasons why! They are both on the 40-man roster and will be up sometime this year.
The other two players sent reassigned to minor league camp were Matt Ramsey and Mike Hauschild. Ramsey is a 28-year-old right-handed pitcher who struggled in big league camp. In six games, Ramsey has a 10.13 ERA with eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Hauschild was selected by the Rangers last year in the Rule 5 draft from the Astros. He was later returned after he struggled but now finds himself at the bottom of the totem pole. He could be a depth option at some point, but he has to earn it.
The Astros spring roster now sits at 43 players, which will continue to decay as the spring continues. Good luck to those four players, there will always be a need.
***Stats from Baseball-Reference***