As camps prepare to open, we look at what the Houston Astros roster may look like on Opening Day.
If things don’t completely go south in the next month, it looks like we’ll actually have some real Major League Baseball to watch. The Houston Astros will be back on the field to try to defend their American League pennant and avenge their frustrating World Series loss.
There are plenty of new rules and provisions for this shortened 60-game season, and one of those is that teams will start with 30-man rosters. That number will go down to 28 after two weeks and to 26 after four weeks, but at least in the beginning, we’ll have some extra guys on the team.
Of course any predictions we make will be subject to change based on injury and (especially) illness, as COVID-19 is sure to impact every team to an extent. So, assuming good health, here’s how I think the team’s 30-man roster will look on Opening Day.
We’ll start with position players. The everyday or semi-regular players will be Martin Maldonado, Yuli Gurriel, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, Michael Brantley, George Springer, Josh Reddick and Yordan Alvarez. Dustin Garneau, Aledmys Diaz, Kyle Tucker and Myles Straw will certainly be there as well. That’s 13 players so far.
On the pitching side, the players locked into roles are Justin Verlander, Zack Greinke, Lance McCullers Jr, Jose Urquidy, Roberto Osuna, Ryan Pressly and Joe Smith. Josh James and Austin Pruitt are likely to occupy the last rotation spot and long relief role, while Chris Devenski and Brad Peacock should be in the pen as well. That’s 11 pitchers, for a total of 24 players thus far.