5 Players Who Won’t Make Houston Astros’ 2014 Opening Day Roster

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5 Players Who Won’t Make Houston Astros’ 2014 Opening Day Roster

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Spring Training is always a land of opportunity for a MLB player or a MLB prospective player. Whether we are talking about a young prospect looking for his first chance or a veteran MLB player looking for another shot, the spring is when that happens. For the Houston Astros it is even more so than normal. Because of the unique situation they are in, many positions will not be settled completely until the last few weeks of the spring.

While this is a very good thing for competition, it also is very disappointing for many players who will get close but not quite make it. The Astros are just eaten up with it. Will Jonathan Singleton’s play look good enough to make the Opening Day roster? How about George Springer? Will there be any everyday players from last season who do not make the roster this season?

All of that is actually possible with the Astros. Though they are more stable this season than they were last season, they are the number one land of opportunity during Spring Training. They still only allow them so many roster spots for the opener however which means a lot of guys will not make the cut. Who will they be?

For this team, it is extremely difficult to be certain from one player to another. There are these five however who seem to be very likely to miss out on Opening Day in the majors. That isn’t to say it is a guarantee or even that they will stay gone all season; just that they probably won’t make the first roster. Feel free to leave a comment below.

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5 – Darin Downs

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Surprisingly enough the Astros have a ton of options for their starting rotation and bullpen. It is bound to be a competition that goes until the final few days for some spots. Look for Downs to fall short to start the season and continue to get some starts and work in the minors.

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4 – Paul Clemons

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Clemons had an ERA of over 5 last season and I really think the Astros will end up having way too many options for him to hit the Opening Day spot. We’ll see what the Astros decide to do.

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3 – Raul Valdes

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Just like the starters the bullpen will have a ton of pitchers for a few spots and they have been improved through free agent signings. Valdes is looking like one who might miss the cut.

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2 – Max Stassi

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Because the Astros expect Jason Castro to be healthy for the entire season, look for Stassi to possibly get the steady at-bats that the minors will bring. What exactly will become of him is up in the air however at this point.

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1 – Marc Krauss

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Krauss looks pretty strong for a fourth outfielder spot but that is only true if the Astros decide George Springer needs more time in the minors and that does not seem very likely right now.

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