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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Astros All-Decade Team 2010-19

With the decade nearing a close, there is no shortage of all-decade lists, including this Astros all-decade team.

Since you come to Farmstros to Follow the Astros of the Future with us, it seems fitting to close the decade by looking at the Astros of the NEXT decade.

(ages are as of 2010, minor league opening day)

Catcher, Jason Castro, 22. Castro seems to be on course to join the big club in 2010. Hopefully, he will be solid behind the plate for the decade to come.

1B, Phil Disher, 24. Unfortunately, I don't think Lance Berkman has enough in the tank to contend for 1B of the next decade. Up-and-coming first basemen in the system are hard to find. Disher had a solid short-season in 2008 before being injured for most of 2009.

2B, Jose Altuve, 19. Altuve should be playing a full-season in 2010. He was solid at Greeneville and Tri-City in 2009. There's not much in the middle infield in the upper levels of the system.

SS, Jio Mier, 19. I'm not sure how long it will take the 2009 1st pick to make it to Minute Maid Park, but he should be there long enough to make an impact next decade.

3B, Someone the Astros draft in 2010 or 2011. Third base may be the weakest position in the organization. It's evident that Chris Johnson is not making anyone clear a spot for him. Let's see who the club can pick up for the hot corner.

OF, Hunter Pence, 26. Pence is on his way to being the face of the club,especially once Berkman and Oswalt move on.

OF, Michael Bourn, 27. If Bourn can keep building on his 2009 season, he will make everyone forget the Brad Lidge trade, if they haven't already.

OF, Drew Locke, 27. Selected in the minor league phase of the 2008 Rule 5 Draft, Locke tore up the Texas League in 2009. If he does the same at Round Rock in 2010, Houston should be his next stop.

Utility, Koby Clemens, 23. Clemens may have trouble finding a position, but he showed some offense in 2009. His bat may give him a chance to contribute in his hometown.

Right-handed Starter, Jordan Lyles, 19. All returns have been good so far on Lyles. Look for him to be pitching to Jason Castro for a good while.

Left-handed starter, Polin Trinidad, 25. If Wandy was a bit younger, I'd lean to him on this. However, if Trinidad can get more precise with his control he could stick around Texas Avenue for awhile.

Set-up Reliever, Henry Villar, 22. Villar had a solid showing in Lexington in 2009 and was added to the 40-man roster. He seems to be on a fast path to the Astros bullpen.

Closer, Chia-jen Lo, 24. Lo's first season in the USA was impressive. He could be in Houston near the end of 2010.


Anthony K. said...

As a fellow Astros fan, I would be willing to stomach Koby attempting to play first base if he can provide the type of offense he has shown in the minors.

I agree with your other picks, though.

OremLK said...

Pretty good choices. I agree with Anthony, above, that Koby Clemens is a fit for 1B. He pretty much has to be the first baseman, in fact, since he has no other position. And he's a better prospect than Disher.

As for starting LHP, I'll take Fernando Abad over Polin Trinidad, thank-you-very-much.

Elsewise, I like your choices.

Jeff said...

Not a bad list. It's nice to have some actual prospects again.

I'd put Koby Clemens at 1B over Disher, take T.J. Steele over Locke in OF, and Dallas Keuchel over Trinidad for LHP. Also, leaning toward Bud Norris over Lyles just because Bud will have a 2-3 year head start.