Astros: Luis Garcia and Chas McCormick named to Pipeline’s All-Rookie Team

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MLB Pipeline’s All-Rookie Teams grace two Astros.

On Tuesday, MLB Pipeline released their All-Rookie First Team and Second Team, as two Houston Astros were thrown on the teams. While a consistent postseason contender, it is understandable to not have many contributing rookies.

But due to the departure of George Springer and injuries among the pitching staff, the Astros saw big years from Luis Garcia and Chas McCormick. The two were both members of 2020 postseason rosters, but Garcia was the only one to play during the ’20 regular season (five games).

Garcia made the All-Rookie First Team, as one of only five rookies hurlers to do so. The right-hander threw the most innings of any rookie hurler (155.1). The 24-year-old also led all rookies in strikeouts (167) and was third in ERA (3.30). His 11-8 record was backed by a 1.17 WHIP and an opponent batting average of .230.

McCormick made the All-Rookie Second Team, as the third outfielder listed. The right-hander slashed .257/.319/.447 in 108 games, while taking the starting role after Myles Straw’s sendoff. McCormick slashed 14 home runs, scored 47 runs and accounted for 50 RBI, while also stealing four bags.

The outfielder has started to see less starts in the postseason with the resurgence of his counterpart, Jake Meyers. Both hit righty and throw lefty, so the obvious platoon would be their splits against right-handed pitchers and left-handed pitchers, but that hasn’t been a reoccurring reason for each start.

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For Game 4 of the ALDS, Jose Urquidy will be available out of the bullpen, while Framber Valdez will not be available. The left-hander could likely be slated for Game 5, if necessary.

Carlos Correa applauded the city of Chicago for a multitude of things pregame, regarding hitting home runs at Wrigley Field and eating deep dish pizza. Correa also messaged Alex Cora to congratulate him on advancing to the ALCS. The All-Star isn’t focused on Ryan Tepera’s comments from Sunday, while he cherishes every postseason moment.