The Houston Astros have played about a week and a half of Spring Training thus far. Let’s take a look at five guys who have impressed in these 2 weeks.
The Houston Astros are roughly three weeks into Spring Training and have been playing in exhibition games for about two weeks. These games are practically meaningless and give little indication of how the season will actually go.
However, there is definitely still some merit to Spring Training and there is still definitely some importance to it. First of all, it allows players who were banged up to end the previous season like George Springer, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, and Alex Bregman to get back into game shape and shake off some rust.
All four of these guys have made their debuts to great results. Springer is showing off his new look and speed on the base paths. Correa has got his swagger back and is launching balls off of his bat more than 10 mph faster than last season. Altuve is back to his normal self and Bregman launched his first homer of the Spring.
Unfortunately, Altuve and Bregman are slated to miss games over the next few days. The good news, however, is that it seems to just be due to some general soreness as they get back into game shape and get ready for the season.
Spring Training also allows the team to get a good, long look at other players on their roster other than the guys that are normally inserted into the starting lineup. The Houston Astros have been able to take keen advantage of this by getting a lot of guys extra action with big league level talent.
A lot of the Houston Astros veterans have gotten off to a good start in Spring Training as they look to start the season strong in order to help power the team to another championship. But, these vets that have been there and done that for the Astros are not the focus here. Let’s take a look at some guys who have impressed through these two weeks of games.