USA Today has been spending quite a lot of time with the Astros lately, and today Seth Livingstone turns his attention to the Battle for C1, or as I like to call it, "The Race for Round Rock."
"J.R. and Jason are both showing that they're capable of being our opening day guy. J.R. is obviously more experienced at this point. Jason has only a year-and-a-half of professional experience but we think he's a guy who can eventually hit .280-.285 in the big leagues with 20 homers."
Towles, while sharpening his knife:
"He's their No. 1 prospect. Obviously they think a lot of him. I think it's one of those things were I'm going to push him and he's going to push me."
Not our #1 prospect. Their #1 prospect. Anyway. You know who won't make the decision? Roy Oswalt, with an...interesting close:
"I don't know what their plans are right now. I have no say in it. They don't ask me nothing. They put a guy back there and say, 'throw to him.' But it's good to have a relationship with your catcher. A lot of guys think you can just throw to anybody back there and they're going to do a good job. I try to explain it like this: a guy likes one model bat. If he likes a K100 and you give him a J143, he might not like it as much. So you have to try to work together. All the guys are trying to learn. The favorite one I had is in LA right now. But you work with what you've got and hope it comes around."