Two options to fill Astros’ last 40-man roster spot

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Houston Astros, J.P. France
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With Hunter Brown and  J.P. France excelling in Sugar Land, will the Astros give either a major-league opportunity?

Houston currently has two left-handed relief options — Blake Taylor and Parker Mushinski — on the 40-man, utilizing the opportunity for matchups. In Triple-A, spring training signees in Zac Rosscup and Adam Morgan await their fate, as Mushinski was selected before both.

Rosscup nor Morgan have minor-league options left, leaving their mistakes in the majors more costly than that of Mushinski and Taylor. Taylor hasn’t been optioned the last two seasons, and while both he and Mushinski display efficient outings in respective leverage, Rosscup and Morgan are more likely to remain Space Cowboys.

With an abundance of starters in Triple-A, the Astros next callup could be France, if the club chooses to wait on Brown. France has worked 12.2 innings across four outings (three starts) this spring, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits and 10 walks.

Walks are an issue early on, but the righty’s strikeouts continue to turn heads, punching out 20 so far this season. With a four-inning relief outing under belt, France continues to build a case to be a big-league contributor by season’s end.