With Opening Day right around the corner, here is my shot at predicting the Astros’ 28-man roster.
The Houston Astros are scheduled to open the 2022 season April 7 against the Los Angeles Angels on the road. The ball club optioned and reassigned a slew of prospects in the past week, making it easier to piece together an Opening Day roster.
For the month of April, Major League Baseball increased roster sizes from the normal 26 to 28 due to a rushed spring training as a result of delayed labor agreements. This leaves room for an extra pitcher and an extra bat to round out the first month of baseball.
The Astros are in good shape with a handful of bullpen contributors having minor-league options, and although Josh James was one of the most recent optioned pitchers, the righty still has a strong case to make impact with an April call-up as a fresh arm.