5 Houston Astros Who Need to Show Improvement in August

5 Houston Astros Who Need to Show Improvement in August

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The Houston Astros are young team filled with players trying to establish themselves as major leaguers. There are going to be some growing pains in the process. There are number of players on the Astros' roster who are going to play a key role in their future if they are going to have success as a team. Five of those players are a crucial part of their plan and they need to start showing improvement as soon as August.

5. Chris Carter

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5. Chris Carter

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Carter has been hitting the long ball with authority. He has 22 home runs on the season to go along with 53 RBIs, which is leading the team. Carter’s problem is he is hitting .219 on the season with an OBP of .294 while striking out 116 times this year. He has been working on shortening his swing, which is showing improvement. He could be very valuable for the Astros if he can become a better well-rounded hitter.

4. Jake Marisnick

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4. Jake Marisnick

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Coming over from the Marlins in an MLB Trade Deadline deal, Marisnick is a plus, plus center fielder. He is capable of winning multiple Gold Gloves over his career. The only problem is that his bat hasn’t come around at the major-league level. At the pro level this season, Marisnick is hitting .169 with a .210 OBP. Granted, this is only in 62 plate appearances, but he will need to show the Astros he was worth trading for.

3. Jason Castro

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3. Jason Castro

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The catcher has been struggling to hit for a decent average all season long. He currently is hitting .231, but has been doing better in recent weeks. He needs to prove to the Astros that he can be their everyday catcher by raising his average. The team will already have enough power in the lineup. Getting on base with a high average is what is important for Castro and the Astros.

2. Jon Singleton

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2. Jon Singleton

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It has taken Singleton a while to get accustomed to major-league pitching. He has shown his capabilities in the power department, hitting home runs to all corners of the field. He is currently hitting .195 in 200 plate appearances. He is going to be the Astros' first baseman for a long time. He needs to show he is worth of the contract he signed before being called up. Singleton's improved his swing and has started going to the opposite field.

Matt Dominguez

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Matt Dominguez

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Dominguez has a chance to grab the Astros’ third-base duties for the next five or more years. To do that, he is going to have to start hitting for a better average. Like most of the young Houston Astros players, he has power. He is on pace to hit 20-plus home runs for the second year in a row. His defense is outstanding. If he raises his .230 average to .240 in the next month and shows improvement, he will be with the Astros for a long time.

Lucas Davis is a Houston Astros writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @LDinthe260, like him on Facebook or add him to your Google network.

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