Houston Astros Sticking With Six-Man Rotation; Demote Erik Bedard, Lucas Harrell

By Josh Sippie
Tim Heitman – USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros continue making moves towards the future. Everyone knew Erik Bedard was not part of that future, and as such, he has been moved to the Astros’ bullpen for the rest of the season. At 34 years of age, Bedard was just a place holder for the rebuilding Astros.

Despite the demotion of Erik Bedard, as well as the unsurprising demotion of Lucas Harrell, which would have taken the Astros down to a five-man rotation, Houston also announced that they’d stick with a six-man rotation. As such, someone must be added to fill that sixth spot.

So let the speculation begin.

Possibility number one, and the most likely, is David Martinez, who was recently called up and has been in the bullpen. Martinez put up outstanding minor league numbers, going 14-3 with a 2.20 ERA. He is a product of the Venezuelan academy and has statistically been nothing short of spectacular, while staying under the radar.

Possibility number two is Asher Wojciechowski, who many thought would have already been called up by now. A prospect that was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays, ‘Wojo’ has gone 9-6 with a 3.48 ERA in Triple-A this season and is primed and ready to take his talents to the MLB level.

Possibility number three isn’t really a possibility, so much as a pleasant thought – Mike Foltynewicz. Foltynewicz has done nothing but succeed at every level. This year, he’s gone 6-3 with a 3.09 ERA across Advanced-A and Double-A ball.

Whoever it is, it will continue to move the Astros closer to the future.

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