Houston Astros: 5 players who impressed after 2 weeks of Spring Training

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Myles Straw, OF

The final player who has impressed for the Houston Astros so far through Spring Training is none other than Myles Straw. Straw burst on to the seen in 2018 when he earned a September call up then proved his worth to the team and earned a spot on the playoff roster for 2018.

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Straw, like Tanielu, has been one of the more consistent players in the Astros lineup this Spring. He has 22 plate appearances which is tied for the second most on the team this season and he has taken advantage of every single one of them.

He has collected eight hits through seven games this Spring which has been good for a .364 batting average on top of scoring six runs, stealing two bases, and only striking out once. Straw will never hit for much power and slug too much but he has tremendous strengths elsewhere.

Straw’s best asset is his speed and he has shown that off with every chance he’s gotten this offseason. First, there was this play to rob Tim Tebow of an RBI double and there were also the steals where the catcher didn’t even have on iota of a shot.

Straw has an outside shot at the final bench spot even though it’s been all but confirmed that it will go to Tony Kemp and Tyler White. But, it wouldn’t at all be surprising if the team used him again as a speedy asset off of the bench. Straw has shown this Spring that he can hit for average and he’s more than a pair of legs and it’s been impressive to watch.

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