Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tuesday Morning Link Dump

*Here's Smilin' Ken Rosenthal (complete with a Houston/problem headline variation) on the Astros having "too many good players," mainly writing about the logjam between Chris Carter, Jake Marisnick, Evan Gattis, and Jon Singleton and just who will play where on which days:
Let's be clear: It's refreshing that the Astros finally have choices. This is a team, remember, that averaged only 54 wins from 2011 to '13, then, "jumped" to 70 last season. The roster crunch the 'Stros now face is the kind that good teams should face. Not that the Astros are guaranteed to be good, mind you. But they should at least be more interesting.

*Lance Berkman was in camp helping out the Astros yesterday.

*Evan Gattis was sent to the clubhouse with dehydration issues.

*Asher Wojciechowski has moved to the other side of the pitching rubber.

*Jason Lane will start Wednesday's Spring Training game for the Padres.

*Justin Maxwell is a non-roster invitee to the Giants.


Terence said...

I feel like this is a pretty dumb discussion for many reasons. I think the Astros really appreciate and value the flexibility they have at this point. Guys get hurt, people underperform, and now if they do we have viable alternatives at every position on the diamond. Seems like a smart way to assemble a baseball team. Worth pointing out that between Castro/Conger, Singleton, Carter, Rasmus, Marisnick, and Grossman you have three righties and three lefties.

Also Luhnow has stated that he likes to see guys dominate a level before advancement. Marisnick was promoted out of AAA by Marlins after producing a 95 wRC+. I wouldn't be surprised to see him start season in AAA.

Anonymous said...

Agreed Terence. Plus, smilin' Ken astutely points out that Marisnick still hasn't shown that he can hit (nor has Singleton, for that matter). He is correct in the fact that had the Astros stay put, both would be starting, however at that point he would probably be spewing rhetoric about how the Astros are content continuing to tank, blah, blah, blah.