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Astros Spring Training Performance Rankings: One

Posted on: February 26, 2009 12:09 pm

Performance Rankings in Astros Camp

I am going to be honest with you, I am not really sure what this list measures. However, I am using it to describe who is performing the best in Spring Training , and ultimately you has the best chance of winning jobs for the start of the season. This is not a list of the best players in camp but, who is performing, and thus making the best case for themselves. I will update it fairly often throughout Spring Training. Enjoy, and discuss.

Top 15 performers as of 2/26 11:46 AM EST:

1. Russ Ortiz RHP

Two scoreless innings a walk, a hit, and three strikeouts, Ortiz is the new top candidate to join the starting rotation.

2. Chris Johnson 3B

The homerun is not going to win him the job but, it should start to make him a serious contender. It is in Houston’s best interest for Johnson to win the starting spot, and Blum to return to the bench.

3. Mike Hampton RHP

Two scoreless innings, he was a little shaky, hitting the first batter but, a couple more outings like this will put us fans’ minds at ease.

4. Drew Sutton 2B

Sutton was the only player to log in multiple hits… so of course he is going to be high.

5. Reggie Abercrombie OF

Two RBIs with two outs, Abercrombie is looking to win the fifth outfielder job over Jason Michaels .

6. Jason Smith INF

RBI triple

7. J.R. Towles C

Towles was the only catcher to log a hit yesterday.

8. Michael Bourn OF

Good outing for Bourn, an RBI double but, also a strikeout.

9. Geoff Geary RHP

10. Samuel Gervacio RHP

11. Tim Byrdak LHP

12. Wesley Wright LHP

All four of these relievers did not allow an earned run, Wright’s did allow one though - that’s why he’s last.

13. Tommy Manzella SS

A hit for the defensive specialist but, he did give up an error.

14. Mark Saccamanno 1B/3B/DH

15. Darin Erstad OF/1B

The final two guys with hits yesterday, they both went 1 for 2, Saccamano’s was a triple.

5 Guys whose stock is dropping:

1. Brandon Backe RHP

Backe is now on the outside looking in.

2. Danny Graves RHP

Four hits and two runs in one inning is not a good start to the spring for someone who has to really impress if he wants a job.

3. Aaron Boone 3B

Johnson’s homerun has to start to level the playing field… sorry Aaron; you will always have that ALCS.

4. Jason Michaels OF

It is not a problem that Michaels failed to log a hit but, Abercrombie, and Bourn both had good games and have taken the lead in the OF open spots.

5. Brian Bogusevic OF

Like Michaels, Bogey did not log in a hit. No big deal, I just had to add a fifth guy.


Category: MLB

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2009 3:04 pm

Astros Spring Training Performance Rankings: One

Here's my news alert... Jason Castro is in behind the plate, however, he's out in his first at bat... Bud Norris pitched a perfect inning recording two strikeouts. 


The second Performance Chart Update will be up sometime tonight, and will include the first three spring training games.

Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2009 3:01 pm

Astros Spring Training Performance Rankings: One

haha yes, Oswalts Curveball just seemed to have no control, but cant wait to read the next post...

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2009 2:50 pm

Astros Spring Training Performance Rankings: One

And that is why Chris Johnson will be #1 when I release the next update... which should be soon. 


I reside in Syracuse, NY so, I know the feeling.  I am the only Astros fan I know in the area.  However, there are a few Braves fans I will not like seeing soon...


The other big pluses from yesterday's game was the performance of Brandon Backe, and Roy Oswalt.  Oswalt came in and dominated the first inning, he lost his breaking ball a little bit later in the start but, that doesn't worry me this early.  Backe wasn't stylish but, he got the job done, pitching two shutout innings, giving up one hit.  I am very excited to see Backe, and Ortiz battle it out for the fifth rotation spot... I am taking lines right out of my second update.


Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2009 1:09 pm

Astros Spring Training Performance Rankings: One

Nice blog, im way out in NC, so its kind of hard to keep up with the Astros.
I did get to watch the game yesterday against the Atlanta Braves and Chris Johnson impressed me, he had a Sac fly, and run scoring double, and advanced to third on a outfield fly in the 3rd or 4th inning.
He looked impressive, he looked like he had natural instinct for the game.

Keep up the posts. Thanks.

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