While many might not consider Scott Feldman the ace of a staff, signing him was a great move for the Houston Astros. At the same time however, that doesn’t mean he wants to be, should be or will be the ace of this staff. Chances are by the end of Spring Training that label could and possibly should belong to another starter. If Brett Oberholtzer can continue his mastery from 2013, he is probably going to be the ace of the Astros rotation.
Here is a guy that made 10 starts and 3 relief appearances in 2013 and racked up 71 innings. Never mind the sub-three ERA or the great WHIP, this guy has what it takes in innings pitched alone to be an Opening Day starter. Add in the numbers and results and of course he is even more qualified as long as he can go out and claim it this spring.
There is no telling what exactly Bo Porter will do going into the start of the season but one would have to think he would pay close attention to how well his young ace Oberholtzer performed before choosing the Opening Day starting pitcher. Of course if he goes out and bombs this spring and hits zero marks then everything gets a little muddy.
Considering what he did last season and the type of stuff that Oberholtzer has though, it seems fairly safe to assume he will deliver on a similar level in 2014. All of that begins in the spring however. Attitude, work ethic and simply gaining arm strength heading into the season all matter a great deal. Watch and see if he doesn’t gain the honor of leading the staff. It is certainly possible.