Houston Astros: What a Garrett Stubbs call-up to the bigs could look like

Houston Astros catcher Garrett Stubbs (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Houston Astros catcher Garrett Stubbs (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

Top Houston Astros prospect Garrett Stubbs has been called up after an injury to Max Stassi. What should a Stubbs call-up look like? Let’s examine.

The Houston Astros have yet another injury to deal with and the team will have to do some shuffling to ensure that continuity remains paramount in terms of this team being able to win baseball games.

Max Stassi has been dealing with some soreness in his left knee for a spell and the Houston Astros have decided to place him on the 10-day injured list.  Since the team does need a catcher to replace, Garrett Stubbs has been called up from Triple-A Round Rock to fill-in.

Stubbs, drafted in the 8th round of the MLB Amateur Draft back in 2015 has gotten his first call to the big leagues, something I’m positive he’s been waiting on for quite some time.

Garrett is ranked 12th among the Houston Astros prospects as per MLB Pipeline with outfielder Ronnie Dawson proceeding him and pitcher Brandon Bielak succeeding him on the list.

What’s there to say about this?  Stubbs has been hitting .250/.364/.440 for a .804 OPS with the Express this season.

The numbers aren’t overly impressive in terms of his batting but he has a strong reputation for being a defensive-minded catcher and he’s truly proven that he can get on-base this season.

With the depth of this roster, that’s all this team honestly needs from Stubbs if he can defend well from behind the plate and try to get himself on base.

Here’s what Jimmy Price of AstrosFuture.com had to say about Stubbs:

"“Stubbs was drafted in the 8th round of the 2015 draft. He steadily made his way through the system reaching AAA in 2017. He doesn’t have a ton of power, but he can hit for average and doesn’t strikeout. Stubbs is very athletic behind the plate and should be a solid backup to Chirinos while Stassi is out.”"

I had worked alongside Jimmy for many years here at House of Houston in its infancy before he

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branched off and built up AstrosFuture.com.  He knows our prospects inside-and-out and his opinion is extremely valuable.  He has written under the pseudonym Astros Future for as long as I can remember and it’s quite a catchy tag-line.

But the bigger question is, does Stubbs have the ability to jump Stassi in the near future?  Stassi isn’t necessarily an untouchable player and this is a terrific opportunity for Stubbs to prove his worth.

Only time will tell with that notion but I’m excited to see how this will pan out for the Houston Astros, who are looking to sweep the Boston Red Sox, the defending World Champs in the final duel of a three-game weekend set at Minute Maid Park.

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Stubbs is already in Houston and although he’s not in the batting order, he’s on the bench, penciled as a left-handed batter just in case he’s needed, another valuable weapon that he has in his arsenal.  Robinson Chirinos will get the start today.

We’ll have to see how this pans out…

Go Astros.