The title may seem like a joke but I couldn’t be more serious. Let’s be honest, how many of the current Astros will be regulars when the Astros open up their 2016 season? Maybe a few but that’s about it. Anyway, let’s take a look at who will be joining Jose Altuve and Jason Castro (maybe) at 2014 Spring Training.
Besides everyone on the 40-man roster, the Houston Astros invited another 20 minor leaguers and 4 minor league free agents to this year’s Spring Training. Headlining the list of minor leaguers are Carlos Correa, Mark Appel, and George Springer. Six of the organization’s top 10 prospects (according to FanGraphs) were invited. Besides the aforementioned three, Jonathan Singleton, Michael Foltynewicz, and Domingo Santana will all be in attendance. Delino DeShields will also be with the team.
Just because they were invited it doesn’t necessarily mean they will make the roster. Expect the Astros to send all of them back to the minors to start the season. George Springer and Jonathan Singleton have a shot to make the Opening Day roster with a strong Spring, but I expect them to start the season at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Adron Chambers, Cesar Izturis, Peter Moylan, and Gregorio Petit are the four minor league free agents that received an invite. Moylan, 35, is an intriguing reliever who has had great success in the past. Chambers, 27, is a Luhnow draftee that likely won’t see Houston. Izturis, 33, was just signed this past week and could be the Astros utility infielder this season. Petit, 29, is another INF that could be a utility player for the Astros.
The other non-roster invitees include pitchers Jorge De Leon, Jake Buchanan, Bobby Doran, Jason Stoffel, Rhiner Cruz and, outfielders Leo Heras and Preston Tucker, infielders Jonathan Meyer and Ronald Torreyes, and catchers Carlos Perez, Rene Garcia, and Tyler Heineman.
Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on February 15th and position players on February 19th.