6 reasons to get excited about the Astros in 2022

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Houston Astros, Chas McCormick
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Youth, speed and power in center field

Last summer I wrote that the Astros needed more in centerfield last summer an idea that was not necessarily well received. Myles Straw was serviceable and has some very good skills, but center is generally a power position and that’s not Straw’s game.

It’s unknown when the season will start and who will be in center on opening day for the Astros, but whoever it is will be young and fast with power.

Assuming the season starts on time, that would likely be Chas McCormick sharing time with Jose Siri in some capacity, until Jake Meyers fully heals. If the season starts later, perhaps Meyers will be ready to go on a delayed opening day, depending on when that day is.

There are things to like about all three players, but whoever and whenever it is, they’ll be young, exciting and powerful with speed.

Once the position is settled, there’s also trade value in a young, speedy center fielder with power for whoever becomes the odd man out, if the Astros choose to make that move.