McCormick started in left field and went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 7-5 win over the Mariners.
McCormick slipped into left field with Michael Brantley serving as the designated hitter after Houston placed Yordan Alvarez on the COVID-19 protocols list. The Astros are not sure about the specifics of Alvarez's situation, and manager Dusty Baker told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that it could be nothing. If Alvarez needs multiple days, the domino effect of a lineup shuffle could lead to at-bats for McCormick.
McCormick started in center field, batted leadoff and went 0-for-4 in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to Colorado.
McCormick got the start in center field with Myles Straw (illness) unavailable and was the latest fill-in at leadoff with Jose Altuve (COVID-19 protocols) out. Manager Dusty Baker used Kyle Tucker and Straw before McCormick, and it's evident the Astros are missing their ignitor atop the lineup.
McCormick went 0-for-2 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base in the 7-2 loss to the Mariners on Sunday.
McCormick swiped his first bag of the season after drawing a walk Sunday. He eventually scored after putting himself in scoring position. The 25-year-old started his third game this season, but has taken advantage of the limited playing time with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored in those three starts.
McCormick went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Sunday's win over Oakland.
McCormick made his first career major-league start Sunday and marked the occasion with his first career homer, a three-run shot in the seventh inning against Yusmeiro Petit that extended the Astros' lead to seven. McCormick may not find himself in the starting lineup too often this season, but he made the most of his opportunity Sunday with Michael Brantley out with a minor wrist injury.
McCormick replaced the injured Michael Brantley (wrist) and went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's 9-1 victory over Oakland.
Brantley was plunked in the first inning and didn't come out for the second. X-rays came back negative, but Brantley is day-to-day. McCormick could consequently get a start or two in left field. Houston finishes out the series in Oakland on Sunday, then has a two-game set against the Angels on Monday and Tuesday before its first off day Wednesday.
McCormick started in center field during a "B" game against the Marlins on Sunday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
McCormick has more familiarity with corner outfield, but he could be pressed into duty in center field pending the status of Myles Straw, who is away from the club for health and safety protocols. If Straw's status prevents him from playing when the regular season begins, then McCormick or Kyle Tucker could start in center field. Neither player has much experience at the position, but both of been exposed to it during spring training. The Astros have other in-house options with more experience in center, but they present 40-man roster complications.
The Astros informed McCormick on Sunday that he will be included on the team's Opening Day roster, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Heading into the weekend, McCormick already looked to be in decent shape to make the roster as a reserve outfielder, but Myles Straw's placement in MLB's COVID-19 health and safety protocol was enough for McCormick to officially secure his spot with Houston. Provided Straw hasn't tested positive for the virus and is able to clear the protocol before Opening Day, he should still be in line for primary duties in center field, with McCormick representing his top backup. McCormick has posted strong walk rates throughout his minor-league career, and while he lacks Straw's high-end speed, he boasts the far more potent bat of the two. McCormick could get an opportunity in center field if Straw falters in his first taste of everyday playing time in the majors.
Houston manager Dusty Baker said he plans to give McCormick more playing time over the next week, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Baker said McCormick has put a lot of pressure on himself during spring training as he's competed for the fourth outfielder job with Jose Siri and Steven Souza. McCormick went 1-for-2 with a walk in Monday's game and was 2-for-14 prior to that. The manager said all three outfielders will get more run in the next week or so, which will help him make a determination about the roster's composition.
McCormick is competing for a reserve role in the Astros' outfield this spring, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
McCormick was on the Astros' roster for the Wild Card and ALDS playoff series, though he never made it on the field. Entering 2021, he's set to fight for the fourth outfielder role with Jose Siri and Steven Souza. If McCormick wins that competition, he could contribute on the basepaths as he swiped 16 bags across 110 games between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Round Rock in 2019.
The Astros optioned McCormick to their taxi squad Sunday ahead of Game 1 of the team's ALCS matchup with the Rays, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Though McCormick was included on the Astros' roster for each of the previous two rounds of the postseason, he didn't get the chance to make his MLB debut. Rather than keeping McCormick around for the ALCS as a luxury fifth outfielder, Houston decided to swap him out for a long-relief option in Chase De Jong.
McCormick will join the Astros' roster for the Wild Card Series against the Twins, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
McCormick's first taste of the big leagues could wind up coming during the postseason. He's unlikely to fill a major role, as he's a fringe prospect who posted a 94 wRC+ in 57 games for Triple-A Round Rock in 2019. He'll give the team added flexibility off the bench, however, and in particular can free up bench outfielder Myles Straw to use his speed as a pinch runner.
McCormick was named to the Astros' 60-man player pool Sunday.
McCormick, who is not on the 40-man roster, is a 25-year-old outfielder that reached Triple-A Round Rock in 2019. He combined for 16 home runs, 66 RBI and an .818 OPS over 448 plate appearances for Round Rock and Double-A Corpus Christi. There are six outfielders in the team's player pool that are already on the 40-man, so McCormick is a longshot to make an impact in 2020.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/07||vs TOR||W 10-4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/06||@ NYY||W 7-4||1||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|04/30||@ TB||W 9-2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|04/29||vs SEA||L 0-1||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|04/28||vs SEA||W 7-5||3||1||1||0||1||0||0|
|04/24||vs LAA||W 16-2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|04/23||vs LAA||W 5-4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2017||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||39||122||21||32||6||1||2||18||11||16||1||3||.262||.319||.377|
|2017||AFA-Buies Creek Astros||4||16||0||3||0||0||0||0||--||2||1||0||.188||.235||.188|
|2018||AFA-Buies Creek Astros||51||182||26||48||13||3||2||27||19||34||7||0||.264||.332||.401|
|2018||AAX-Corpus Christi Hooks||69||250||33||70||10||1||2||28||24||32||12||4||.280||.344||.352|
|2019||AAA-Round Rock Express||57||191||39||50||3||3||10||44||28||34||7||1||.262||.347||.466|
|2019||AAX-Corpus Christi Hooks||53||177||26||49||3||3||4||22||39||28||9||3||.277||.426||.396|