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    2010: Official Spring Training Thread

    With pitchers and catchers just around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to start a spring training thread.

    What are some story lines that we should be following this spring?


    Who will be our #5 Starter?



    Who wins this job out of spring training? Felipe Paulino, Brian Moehler, Wilton Lopez, Polin Trinidad, Wesley Wright, or someone else?


    Who will be our starting 2B?



    Does Kaz Matsui keep the job out of spring or will someone like Blum, Keppinger, or Maysonet beat him out? What about a trade? Could the Astros go out and trade for an under the radar 2B?


    How will the bullpen shape out?



    Will Lindstrom and Lyon be enough at the back end of the bullpen? Will one of the young guys like Matt Neveraz or Chia-Jen Lo step up and maybe make the bullpen out of spring training?


    Who will our starting catcher be out of spring training?


    Is Jason Castro ready? Are the Astros ready to make him a super two prospect and give him the starting position out of spring training? Do the Astros go with J.R Towles until Castro is ready? What about a last minute free agent like Rod Barajas?


    Will our offense be able to score enough runs?


    It's no secret that our offense struggled to score runs last year, but have the Astros done enough this offseason to fix that problem?




    Post all spring training news and posts here.
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    Chris Johnson collected three doubles and two RBI against the Tigers on Friday.

    The Astros will keep saying the right things when it comes to Johnson, but if they thought he was ready to help, they wouldn't have gone out and signed Pedro Feliz. He has some pop in his bat, but he doesn't get on base and he's below average defensively at third base. He's always been a long shot to turn into a useful regular.

    source: Rotoworld

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    From what I can tell the best case scenario on Johnson is that he will turn into Mike Lamb with a lot more pop in his bat. Fringe defensively at 3B with fringe power for first base, making him an excellent corner infield sub and with his cannon arm a possible corner outfield player as well. He could be a valuable piece of the team in that he gives us a cheap quality reserve player for several years but he is unlikely to ever be anything but a really bad option to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crzycjunx76 View Post
    From what I can tell the best case scenario on Johnson is that he will turn into Mike Lamb with a lot more pop in his bat. Fringe defensively at 3B with fringe power for first base, making him an excellent corner infield sub and with his cannon arm a possible corner outfield player as well. He could be a valuable piece of the team in that he gives us a cheap quality reserve player for several years but he is unlikely to ever be anything but a really bad option to start.
    Sounds like Manzella and most of the other position players in the near minors outside of Castro and maybe Towles.

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