Will they receive production from the catcher position?
While it can be argued the Astros have a strong enough lineup to overcome any shortcomings at catcher, Jason Castro has struggled mightily at the dish for the past two seasons. After a breakout 2013 season in which he hit .276 with 18 home runs, Castro’s production has fallen off mightily the past two seasons. Last year, Castro hit a paltry .211 with a .283 OBP. His defense was solid last year with only one error and throwing out 36% of would-be basestealers. However he did lead the American League in passed balls in 2014.
Hank Conger has departed to the Tampa Bay Rays, so the backup catcher position is also a question mark. Currently Max Stassi is in line to share the catching duties with Castro, but he only has 45 career at-bats in the big leagues. While finding a catcher who can produce defensively and at the plate is rare, the Astros would certainly benefit if Castro can return to previous form.