Astros depth chart at catcher remains up for grabs

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Houston Astros, Korey Lee
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With two veteran catchers on the roster, when will Lee get a callup to the Astros?

Lee played only nine games in Triple-A, but in his 50 games in Corpus Christi, he slashed .254 with eight home runs and 27 RBI as well as slugging .443.

Now with all that said, nine games in Triple-A doesn’t scream ready for the Bigs nor do they say pull me up now, but that could have easily been feasted out in major-league spring training if we had that going on right now.

One thing is certain, Lee deserves a chance and with Jason Castro being the only backup on the roster and both major-league catchers on the roster in their mid 30s, it might seem necessary to at the least make Lee a September call up.

I would argue for more however, if we do get a short spring training and Lee can prove his worth, I would like to see him platoon with Maldonado taking on maybe 1/3 of the games and getting used to the speed and skill set of the major league pitcher.

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I believe Lee will be a guaranteed a roster spot in 2023, but maybe the Lee era will start this year. We would get to enjoy some serious offensive production out of a previously limited offensive position for the Astros for as long as I can remember.

I for one will take a solid offensive contributor with a decent defensive grade over a solid defender with little upside offensively.