MLB Power Rankings: Spring Training Edition

Jake Marisnick #6 of the Houston Astros slides into home plate during the second inning of their game against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on September 21, 2014 in Houston, Texas.                                                                                        Scott Halleran/Getty Images

22. Houston Astros

The Astros are definitely on the rise from being the worst team in baseball. The emergence of George Springer in 2014, and to an extent Jon Singleton, gives the Astros a couple of very good young talents, and Carlos Correia hasn’t even arrived on the scene yet. The addition of Evan Gattis gives the Astros an above average bat, Colby Rasmus will be serviceable at the least, and of course there’s Jose Altuve, the reigning batting champ. Now there’s still the problem of pitching for the Astros. They had been linked to James Shields, but he of course signed with the Padres, and the folks in Houston now have to look for a second option. Hard throwing righty Mike Foltynewicz is expected to compete for the fifth rotation spot, which leaves the Astros with this starting rotation:

Dallas Keuchel (12-9 2.93 ERA)

Scott Feldman (12-12 3.86 ERA between 3 teams in 2014)

Collin McHugh (11-9 2.73 ERA)

Brett Oberholtzer (5-13 4.39 ERA)

Anthony Bass (1-1 6.33 ERA in 27 IP)

The prospects will continue to slowly make their way to the show, but as of right now, the Astros just aren’t a team to watch out for yet.

One Response

  1. Jimmy

    How do you not mention Justin Morneau in the Rockies section when you talk about how much talent they have? He just won the batting title…

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