By Josh Sippie @sippenator101 on May 30, 2014
The Houston Astros are playing some of the best baseball they have in years. So much is clicking, both offensively and pitching-wise, but that doesn’t mean there aren't some weak links in the chain. The Astros still have plenty of room for improvement, and players have to know they’re constantly being evaluated. Nobody roots for a player to be demoted, but sometimes it has to happen.
Villar has the potential to be around for years to come and possibly even force Carlos Correa to move to third base, but as of right now he just isn’t hitting and Marwin Gonzalez is. Sometimes a trip to Triple-A can solve a lot of problems.
Grossman is trying to repeat last year’s phenomena of a .322 average following his second call-up. However, it’s been a rough go so far. The problem may be that he’s more comfortable hitting out of the leadoff spot, but that’s not an option with Jose Altuve there.
After what Brad Peacock did against the Baltimore Orioles and the fact that manager Bo Porter has acknowledged that the Astros will be going to a five-man rotation again, Oberholtzer has to realize that he needs to put up some excellent numbers to build on his previous start or risk demotion.
Guzman still hasn’t put up any semblance of adequate power numbers. However, the Astros may ride him out for the duration of the season solely because they already signed him. Either way, he’s not contributing to the team much at all.
This one should be obvious. Krauss hits in spurts, but that’s not enough when someone like Jon Singleton, the top first base prospect in the league, is putting up terrific power numbers in Triple-A. Mid-June was the ETA on Singleton, and mid-June is indeed approaching.
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