Towles is still around. He’s the ultimate AAAA player, minus that cup of coffee in 2007.
I really do wish they would just commit to complete rebuilding and trade of their remaining assests Pence, Bourn, and Rodriguez.
The Astros aren’t going to do anything for 2-3 years unless they hit on almost all their top picks from the past 3 years, but with Castro hurt, Mier unable to keep weight, and DeShields already an alcoholic, times seem bleak.
No they are average to below average at 3rd, 1st(Wallace or Lee), 2nd, and rf. Quintero is a definitely a + defender as is Castro and Barmes. Bourn is the best defensive player in baseball regardless of position.
Not only that, but it’s not like Wandy has actually been getting any better over the last 3 years. His K rate is down very slightly, his BB rate is up very slightly, and his FIP, xFIP, and even ERA are stable at best. Not only is he 32, he isn’t improving.
He’s probably not getting worse (yet), but I would be shocked if he suddenly improved.
Based on what I’ve seen of Wallace at 1st base, I think he will be well above average on defense. The sample size is small for UZR and DRS, but both agree that Wallace’s first base fielding was good last season. This isn’t surprising, since Wallace is a 3d baseman moving to his right on the defensive spectrum.
Wandy has had an unusual career progression. Based on his stuff, even though he is 32, there is little reason to believe he cannot stabilize his performance more in line with what he has done at home (his home road splits have tended to be wildly apart, but the gap narrowed in his last 18 starts of last season).
The acquisition during trade scored gems as in Cosart. Looking at those left from where these trades come, minors have Wooster, Campbell, and others around the horn Cosart played. New league new ideas and the new opportunities look impressive.
Comment by Gerry Weldon — November 1, 2011 @ 3:42 pm
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