Last year about this time things were beginning to look promising for the 2013 Houston Astros. They had a new manager and it was starting to appear that they really were serious about turning around the franchise once and for all. The idea that they were doing what is called a complete rebuild from the farm system upwards surely is something that takes a long time but the rewards can be extremely fruitful. As we prepare for the 2014 spring training go-round, the Astros are looking just that little bit better already.
One really big deal for this team is going to be the pitching staff. This could be the year that the offense really starts to take shape and some of the young prospects begin to have an impact for the MLB club. Pitching-wise however there are still quite a few questions to be answered. Some things are looking pretty good because of the signing of free agent Scott Feldman. Feldman might not be a standard ace but he will do a good job leading this staff as a veteran.
Is it possible that the Astros already have their ace starter with them however? Brett Oberholtzer seemed to show every bit the ace potential through his MLB starts one year ago. A glance at his minor league stats might put a pause in our enthusiasm but it shouldn’t. Many pitchers have the kind of stuff that just comes alive with the intensity they bring from a Major League mound. Oberholtzer appears to be one of those. If he starts 2014 like he ended 2013, look for him to be an all-star selection or snub at mid-season.