Brandon Laird’s Impressive Spring Doesn’t Land Him On the Houston Astros’ Roster
Brandon Laird, a non roster invitee to Houston Astros‘ camp, has had one of the better springs on the team. Unfortunately for him, Laird finds himself on the outside looking in. He was informed by Astros’ manager Bo Porter that he would not be making the Opening Night roster. When the Astros placed Nate Freiman on waivers, that seemed to be Laird’s chance to jump in and make the squad. That didn’t happen.
Laird will continue to be on the Astros Spring Training roster until the team heads north (really west). So far this spring he has hit .319 with five home runs and twelve RBI. Laird played in 17 games for the Astros last season and hit .257 with one home run and four RBI. He has looked like he improved a few aspects of his game. He looks lighter and is hitting the ball well. I’m not 100 percent sure about the options Laird has, but I expect him to be AAA. If he were out of options, he would likely be on the team.
If Laird will work on his mechanics at Triple A, he will definitely be back with the Astros. If not soon, he will definitely be there when the rosters expand in September.
Other roster moves include Brad Peacock and Alex White being told they will both make the team. One will be the fourth starter in the rotation, and one will be in the bullpen as a long reliever. Eric Bedard will now be the fifth starter. Rick Ankiel, Brandon Barnes and Fernando Martinez will also be on the Opening Night roster.
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