Houston Astros Rumors: Predicting the Opening Day 25 man roster

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Right Field: Josh Reddick

Josh Reddick was a black hole in the Houston Astros lineup in 2018 after being a major revelation in 2017 and playing a key role in the World Series run and victory. As the season progresses, he could be the odd man out if he doesn’t improve. So far, he’s looked more like 2017 than 2018 in Spring Training which is good for the Astros.

Center Field: George Springer

George Springer is the heart and soul of the Astros. Altuve is the team’s best player but the culture and attitude started with Springer. He remains as such heading into the season. As he approaches free agency, I’d expect his production to ramp up. Springer will be as good as ever in 2019.

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Left Field: Michael Brantley

Finally, manning left field is the new man in town, Brantley. The best way to describe Brantley is as a professional hitter. That’s all the dude does, he hits all day long, to every field, and with contact and power. Adding him to the outfield could give the ‘Stros the best one in the game. Brantley will also see a chunk of time at DH and maybe even first as the season progresses.

Reserves: Tony Kemp, Jake Marisnick, Diaz

The Houston Astros have notoriously kept 12 position players to 13 pitchers. However, this year that trend looks to change as Tony Kemp and Jake Marisnick are both making a hard case to make the opening day roster. Both guys will as they have different strengths. Diaz will also get some innings in the corner outfield spots.