The Hopeful Bright Spots
It remains to be seen how these guys will perform but I’m hopeful that they’ll perform well.
All of them are recovering from season-ending injuries but it’s seems that they’re on right on track to be production beasts.
Morton, who signed a two-year, $14 million deal in the off season with the Astros, had a good March with a 1.04 ERA, allowing 10 hits, two earned runs, 17 strikeouts and a 0.92 WHIP through 17.1 innings pitched.
Let’s hope health remains strong for all three of these guys because we’re going to need them.
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Left field remains a mystery but it’s assumed that Aoki will see most of the time there with Carlos Beltran — also acquired in the off season for a one-year, $16 million deal — relieving him when he needs a night off.
Beltran still has it — he put up a slash line of .333/.368/.722 with a 1.091 OPS and seven hits in eight games (18 at-bats) this past March.
He also had two home runs.
Evan Gattis will continue in his backup catcher/utility man/DH role, building off of last season where he continued to make plays to get on base.
He had 32 home runs and 19 doubles in a reserve role in 2016 so there’s no reason why he shouldn’t stay the course and improve upon what he’s done so far despite having a not-so-great Spring Training.