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
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.