Houston Astros: 2 candidates for the fourth outfielding spot

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Houston Astros, Chas McCormick
The Hooks’ Chas McCormick prepares to catch the ball during the game against the Midland RockHounds, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Whataburger Field.0005 20190604 Bbh Hooks Rockhounds Ar 0299 /

Chas McCormick

The Astros added Chas McCormick to the Wild Card and ALDS rosters in 2020, as extra depth and acclamation to the team. Although not having a major league debut under his belt, the right-hander is the best option to be the fourth outfielder.

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Although throwing left-handed, McCormick is a different breed, while hitting right-handed at the plate. This spring hasn’t gone much to plan, while only having two hits in 24 at bats. Although these numbers don’t count against you, the right-hander needs to prove that he can play at the next level.

It is a predicament to have your fourth outfielder with little-to-no major league experience, but issues with the CBT and losing key players has left the Astros in this predicament. While Aledmys Diaz, possibly Garrett Stubbs, Robel Garcia and others taking innings in the outfield this season, the team should be more worried about centerfield depth, and McCormick hasn’t been getting that.

Due to his lack of reps and quiet bat thus far, the Astros could turn to a new name that has become a journeyman in the minor leagues.