Five Major Questions for the Houston Astros in 2016

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Photo Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  1. jake

    Great article Adam – cya at the B&B soon… Dead-on per the starting pitching. You have to think Keuchel will slide back some, and McHugh was a very lucky 19-7 last season… I love McCullers Jr., but it’s a slippery slope in the 4 and 5 spots… Definitely a do or die season for Singleton at 1B, and yes, Reed appears to be the future of the 1B spot for the Astros anyway… Valbuena needs to pick up that dismal BA and OB% at 3B too… I honestly think a healthy Springer would be the best player on the team, and that says a lot when you look at how great Correa and Altuve already are… Go ‘Stros !

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